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5.0 out of 5 stars Reading the Bible for what it says, September 9, 2011
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Mark Strauss has another good work in this book on hermeneutics, as he explains the importance of reading the Bible in its context to properly interpret it for today. So many want to interpret scripture based on their presuppositions and the way they were taught, so it's a good reminder to step back and look at the whole of scripture. What did it mean in biblical times? What could it possibly mean today? Not everyone will agree with Strauss' conclusions, including whether it was Paul's cultural command to not have women be teachers. Regardless of your view on some of these issues, it's a great reminder that we must be very cautious when determining what was a cultural command and what should be taken as commands for today. Otherwise there's going to be a whole lot of holy kissing go on! As far as readability, this is not a simple book, so some less experienced laypeople may want to start elsewhere. But for those who understand some of the basics, How to Read the Bible in Changing Times is definitely worth a look.
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