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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books; Original edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805464549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805464542
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a Bible scholar at Union University, one of the oldest American universities in the Southern Baptist tradition, Guthrie has tracked the decline in biblical literacy with consternation. With earlier books (The Structure of Hebrews and Biblical Greek Exegesis) best suited for academia, Guthrie has switched gears to produce a reader-friendly, digestible, biblical literacy study program that includes this book as well as a participant™s workbook, study leader™s CD-ROM, and three DVDs for group use. Anyone œtouched by the English language or Western culture, argues Guthrie, should be conversant in biblical literature. Through informal kitchen-table conversations with evangelical scholars, Guthrie guides the reader through a study of historical context, differences in Bible translations, varieties of literary genres, and finally a heartfelt devotional on how to read the Bible in a postmodern world. Though successful in reaching beyond a Southern Baptist audience, Guthrie remains limited by the Protestant concept of œprogressive revelation, which prefers later parts of the Bible over earlier ones, a concept not accepted by Roman Catholics or Orthodox Christians. (Jan.)
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The content presented is as relevant as it is comprehensive. Guthrie boils down the most significant, or most troubling, issues related to the given topic, making them accessible.
--Christian Retailing, Book Reviews, January 2011

5 STARS
The result is an easy-to-read yet in-depth approach . . . that focuses on connecting the dots of the big storyline of the Bible. --Trevin Wax, Christianity Today Magazine, March 2011

More About the Author

Dr. George Guthrie serves as the Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible at Union University in Jackson, TN. A respected New Testament scholar and a deeply committed churchman, he is the author of numerous articles and eight books, including the NIV Application Commentary: Hebrews (Zondervan, 1998), the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: Hebrews (Zondervan, 2002), and James in the Expositor's Bible Commentary (Zondervan, 2006). As the architect of the Read the Bible for Life biblical literacy initiative, he has written or edited four tools, including, Read the Bible for Life: Your Guide to Understanding & Living God's Word (B&H, 2011), A Reader's Guide to the Bible (LifeWay, forthcoming), and Reading God's Story: A One-Year Chronological Bible (B&H, forthcoming). Dr. Guthrie has participated in translation projects, such as the revision of The New Living Translation, and has served as a consultant on the Holman Christian Standard Bible, the New Century Version, and the English Standard Version. At Union University he led in the establishment of, and serves as Senior Fellow in, the Ryan Center for Biblical Studies, which is committed to promoting sound Bible reading, study, and interpretation at the grassroots level of the church. Dr. Guthrie and his family attend Northbrook Church, which he and his wife helped plant, and served as co-pastor of that church for ten years. Dr. Guthrie holds both the Ph.D. and the M.Div. degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Th.M. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He, his wife Pat, and their two children, Joshua and Anna, live near Jackson, TN.

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I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone who wants to grow close to God.
Eric R. Mclemore
Dr. Guthrie has written a readable book for the beginner in how to correctly understand what is written in the biblical text.
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Read the Bible for Life: Your Guide to Understanding and Living God's WordHonestly, I found this book helpful.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Eric R. Mclemore on February 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is wonderful. First off, it puts people who have not had the oppurtunity to go to seminary or had any higher education in the skill of Bible study or theology right at the feet of some of America's finest Biblical scholars. THe book takes you through all the different kinds of literature in the Bible and expalins to you how to read it. In today's world, Biblical illiteracy is the biggest problem in Christianity. This book will be a great tool for churches to use to teach their members how to study the Bible. For so long the number one excuse for not reading and studying the word of God is "I read it and just don't understand it." Well now thanks to Dr. Guthrie and hsi team of scholars that is no longer an excuse. I pray this book will help spark a revival in Bible reading and study so that we can place the Word of God back at the center of our worship and more importantly back into the center of our lifes. Thank you Dr. Guthrie for your service. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone who wants to grow close to God.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By T on February 23, 2011
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The book is both immensely helpful and highly readable. In it, author George Guthrie has a series of 16 conversations with biblical scholars, pastors, a musician and others in which they discuss the Bible's various genres and offer insight into how to read the Bible well. Topics include reading the Bible in context; reading the Old Testament stories, laws and prophets; reading the New Testament stories and letters; reading Revelation and the teachings of Jesus; and reading the Bible for personal devotion, with the church and with the family, among others.

If you're interested in learning more about God's word, how to understand it better and how to get the most out of your Bible reading, this is an excellent resource for you.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Moore on March 7, 2011
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I am a pastor's wife of nearly 20 years, and have been a Christian for almost 30 years. In a lovely conversant style that feels like a personal conversation, Guthrie explores the problem among Christians of not knowing the Word of God, and why we should, and then equips you to get in to the Word on your own. My understanding of the Bible has been enhanced, even changed, by this book. This book ought to be read by Christians everywhere, it's that good.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sandra J. Brungard on March 28, 2011
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone as a readable and supremely understandable introduction to hermeneutics, as well as a guide to establishing regular reading and study of the Bible. It is written in the form of conversations with various persons qualified in each area of hermeneutics - a technique which greatly contributes to its readibility.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James A. Lee on August 23, 2011
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Reading the Bible. Seems to be a challenge for many people. In large part, there appears to be a segment of the 'Christian' population that falls short in this facet of their 'faith.' The deficit is apparently so great that a book was written to address the problem directly.

Read the Bible for Life: Your Guide to Understanding and Living God's WordBut, this book does more than just address the problem of 'lazy' reading practices. This book engages the reader in conversation. At least, it allows you to sit at the table and read in onto conversations taking place between the author George H. Guthrie and those he has selected to comment on various topics regarding Bible reading. Essentially, the author has created what is deemed 'Your Guide to Understanding & Living God's Word.'

Read the Bible for Life: Your Guide to Understanding and Living God's WordHonestly, I found this book helpful. It was not only resourceful and informative, it provided practical insight from many respected men and women. Actually, it was only one woman, Mr. Guthrie's wife sits down for a dialog about reading the Bible with the family. While touching on virtually every facet of reading and understanding the Bible topics related to foundational hermeneutics, ie., context, translation, application, the author also takes us on a journey through discussions concerning the Old Testament, New Testament, and crossing the culture bridge and reading it for our modern context.

Some of those conversed with include David S. Dockery, Andreas Kostenberger, George Guthrie (yes, he speaks with himself), Bruce Waltke, David Platt, Douglas Moo, and Michael Card.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Robbins on May 1, 2011
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This book edited by George Guthrie provides an excellent guide for the lay person who desires to better understand God's Word. It is written in a conversational style and includes interviews with various scholars with expertise on the sections addressed in each chapter. It provides valuable information which will enable the reader to develop a sound approach to Bible study which will surely add richness to the experience. This book is a surprisingly easy and enjoyable read, with personal, heartwarming stories inserted at appropriate intervals which serve to uplift the reader with testimonies of God's glorious work in the lives of those discussed. This book is not a commentary, but does provide fundamental tools to understand the various genres of Scripture, and in their intended context. I highly recommend this book.
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