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How to Read the Bible in Changing Times: Understanding and Applying God's Word Today Paperback – Bargain Price, August 1, 2011

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How do we read God's unchanging Word in a world that is always changing?

How can words written thousands of years ago in different times and cultures apply to us today? Why do Christians obey certain commands in the Bible and ignore others? Some say commands to greet one another with a kiss or not to eat pork are merely "cultural" but then insist that commands related to divorce, homosexuality, or the roles of women and men apply for all time. Are we just picking and choosing what we want to obey and what we want to ignore? Or are there consistent principles for interpreting and applying the Bible?

How to Read the Bible in Changing Times shows you how to interpret and apply the Scriptures regardless of time and culture. It develops a heart-of-God approach that provides guidelines to

determine the meaning of the text in its original context
analyze cultural features
discern what the Bible teaches about God, his will, and his purposes
apply the truths discovered to contemporary life situations

If you have ever struggled to see the connection between this ancient document and your world today, you will treasure this insightful book.

"With a keen scholar's mind, a pastor's compassionate heart, and a teacher's clarity, Mark Strauss has penned a much-needed resource for understanding the Bible today. Your study of Scripture will be enriched and enhanced by this valuable book!"--Lee Strobel, editor, The Case for Christ Study Bible

"The books on how to interpret the Bible are many. Some are so technical that their readership is severely limited; others are so popular that their accuracy and depth are sacrificed for easy rhetoric. Mark Strauss weaves his way between these two extremes to give us a book that is careful, understated, and filled with a great deal of good sense."--D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Mark L. Strauss (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary. He is the author of several books, including Distorting Scripture? and Four Portraits, One Jesus. He lives in California.

About the Author

Mark L. Strauss (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary. He is the author of several books, including Distorting Scripture? The Challenge of Bible Translation and Gender Accuracy and Four Portraits, One Jesus: An Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels. His professional associations include the Evangelical Theological Society, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the Society of Biblical Literature. He lives in California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801072832
  • ASIN: B00A187J5A
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,005,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many books have been written in the last few decades on the subject of hermeneutics - or, the method of Bible study. During my courses at the Moody Bible Institute I read through many popular level books on the subject. As I have matured in my theological training I have explored more advanced level texts. I have found the best ones consistently remind us that the Bible is not a textbook, but a story. We have not moved past the narrative of Scripture. Instead, we are still in the midst of God's story.

Baker has recently published a popular level book on reading and understanding the Bible. Mark Strauss' How to Read the Bible in Changing Times: Understanding and Applying God's Word Today is helpful in what it sets out to do. This is not an exhaustive text on the science of hermeneutics. It is meant to help the average lay person read their Bible daily by providing the basic skill set necessary.

He calls his approach the "heart of God" method. Rather than focusing on the books of the Bible as literary pieces requiring genre-specific hermeneutics, he builds his method on reading the Bible to know and love God. I find this to be a helpful concept. There is an overarching story to the Bible. It is good for all believers to be reminded of this.

Despite the strength of approach I believer the average lay-person would benefit from reading this text in conjunction with another popular level text that focuses on genre and a historical-grammatical reading (like Fee and Stuart's How to Read the Bible for all its Worth). To borrow the cliche - books like Fee and Stuart's equip believers to focus on the trees. How to Read the Bible in Changing Times provides a helpful and necessary balance by helping us to focus on the forest.
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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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One expects a "How to..." book to be an attempt to make the Bible more tolerant or palatable given our culture. Not the case here at all. Rather, Dr. Strauss takes us back to the original culture and shows how the meanings and methods are consistent for people across all generations and people groups. He points out that reading the message, and missing the God of the message is a travesty indeed. This is not a book exclusive to our times, but a God centered approach to understanding the Bible. Dr. Strauss communicates his points in humility and with direct application to ones own life, the culture's condition and need. This is a buy it by the case book for distribution. About the highest marks I can give.
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he explains the importance of reading the Bible in its context to properly interpret it for today.What did it mean in biblical times? What could it possibly mean today? 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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Heard Strauss at conference two weeks ago; bought this book.
Now have read book through ala Heart-Of Mark; next is exegesis, which will take longer - but worth the effort.

Highly recommend book.
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Strauss Has written a text on reading the bible in context in a way that is both theologically challenging and easily accessible by readers of any biblical skill level. The concept the author uses to seek and understand the "heart of God hermeneutic" is biblically sound and refreshing. Its a great addition to any theological library!
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Here is an important question: what parts of the Bible are only applicable to the original audience and what parts are applicable to all people at all times? When Paul told Timothy to drink a little wine (1 Tim. 5:23) most Christians assume that this command is applicable only to Timothy. The same is true about women wearing head coverings in 1 Corinthians. Very few female Christians wear head coverings. The assumption is, "Well, that command was only applicable to the women of that culture."

Problem: where do you draw the line? What if someone says, "Hey, this belief in Jesus as the Son of God, well, it was simply a cultural expression of first century Israel. We don't really have to believe that. The Bible was just accommodating to people's cultures when it was explaining the "divine" in that way. We shouldn't necessarily assume that God is personal, or a Trinity." How do you answer this question?

The same could be said about commands regarding homosexual behavior, or women teaching in church. Where do you draw the line, and why? Is it all purely arbitrary?

If these are questions that puzzle you, then you want to get this book. It is the very best treatment on the subject, and very well written. I cannot commend it enough. Very, very impressed by how thoroughly Strauss addresses these issues.
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