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One of the best introductory texts available,
This review is from: How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth (Paperback)This is the foundational understanding that everyone should know before studying the Bible. Although it is written in an easy to understand style it is still full of very valuable information. For example, people often ask why there are so many different translations of the Bible. The authors do an excellent job of showing the complications and difficulties of translating and how different versions of a verse could each be just as viable as an accurate translation.
The authors also deal with the problems of interpretation, exegesis, historical and cultural context and literary conventions of the time. They look at the narrative style of the Old Testament and its function as well as Acts, the various parables, prophets, psalms, wisdom literature, and the revelation. You may not agree with every aspect of their treatment of the various books and literary styles, but this is the best treatment of the problems of translation and interpretation that I have come across to date. "How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth" is highly recommend for anyone interested in Bible translation or interpretation.
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Initial post: May 22, 2012 1:01:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 22, 2012 1:04:58 AM PDT
Bladerunner B26354 says:
if the bible is all we need, then why do people write books about it? If the Bible is enough, in other words, why do people feel the need to explain it? So, does this mean the Bible needs an owner's manual? If the Bible truly stands alone, why do people write their own books with Biblical references that back up the Bible? Then, if the Bible does not need support, why do people feel the need to explain it at such length? I really want to know. It all gets back to: the Bible is enough, it stands on its own, it doesn't need any further explanation outside of what's already in there, or a study Bible will do. Then we can just forget all the other books about the Bible, because wouldn't they be diluting it?
Basically, then, if our author writes a book about the Bible, they are really saying the Bible is not good enough. Or, are they just sticking to their own testimony?
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2013 6:08:07 AM PST
San Diego Mom says:
What we need is God himself. The Bible is a recording of what God has said and done in the past, and when we apply ourselves to understanding the Bible, we get a better understanding of who God is and how He wants to relate to us. Because these events happened in ancient foreign cultures, those of us unfamiliar with ancient foreign cultures need explanations of the context to understand the meaning better. For example, in Genesis 15 when God walks between the pieces of carcasses it means He is unilaterally entering a covenant with Abraham; this would be understood by people in this culture, but not by us moderns who use signed contracts.
More importantly, unless the Holy Spirit helps each one of us understand, we get nothing at all from reading the Bible. So, like I said, what we really need is God himself. If you were born on a desert island with no printing press, you could still know God through prayer and revelation. The Bible would help you discern revelation from hallucination. For example, if you believed God told you to bow down to a statue, you could refer to the Bible and see that it was not consistent with what God has said in the past.
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