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9780801072833

How to Read the Bible in Changing Times

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  • ISBN13:

    9780801072833

  • ISBN10:

    0801072832

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-08-01
  • Publisher: Baker Pub Group

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Summary

Many find it difficult to take words that were written thousands of years ago and apply them to twenty-first-century life in the Western world. How do we read God's unchanging Word in a world that is increasingly defined by change?How to Read the Bible in Changing Times shows everyday Christians how to interpret and apply the Scriptures regardless of time and culture. Rather than seeing the Bible as a magic answer book, a list of commands to obey, or a series of promises to claim, this insightful book allows the Bible to retain its identity as a complex, inspired document while showing that the truth it contains is relevant and life-changing. It shows the reader how todetermine the meaning of the text in its original context identify culturally relative features understand what the text teaches about God, his will, and his purposes apply the truths discovered to contemporary life situationsIt even shows readers how to discern God's will on the many modern issues that the Bible does not directly address.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introduction: The Unchanging Word in a Changing Worldp. 1
What the Bible Is Notp. 13
What the Bible Isp. 41
A Heart-of-God Hermeneutic: Walking with God in His Storyp. 69
Seeking the Heart of God in Dialogue: Tradition, Community, and the Spiritp. 93
Finding the Heart of God in the Diverse Genres of the Old Testamentp. 107
Finding the Heart of God in the Diverse Genres of the New Testamentp. 157
When Cultures Collide: Discerning the Heart of God in Cultural Contextp. 207
Conclusionp. 245
Notesp. 253
Scripture Indexp. 265
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