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How to Read the Bible [Paperback]

Richard Holloway
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4 Sep 2006 How to Read
"Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?" - "The Book of Job." The trouble with reading the Bible is that it claims to be God's autobiography, so the first thing readers must do is decide what they understand by God and how they are going to interpret his role in the rambling library of books that claim his authorship. Richard Holloway's usefully dialectical approach to this central question will allow non-believers as well as believers to profit from a study of the most influential book in human history. The book discusses significant passages from both the Hebrew and Christian scriptures; and explores the evolution of the split between the two communities whose tragic consequences still reverberate powerfully today.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books (4 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862078939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862078932
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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  • Richard Holloway is the author of 20 books and his wide readership will increase the market for How to Read the Bible
  • Author event at the Edinburgh Festival and the Fife Festival
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Richard Holloway is a former Bishop of Edinburgh and Gresham Professor of Divinity. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and Chairman of the Scottish Arts Council. His books include Godless Morality, Doubts and Loves, and Looking in the Distance.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Bible is alive and well 4 Sep 2010
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Richard Holloway can be relied on to be stimulating, indeed often controversial, as well as informative. This book can be recommended to anyone, whether a believer or not (as is well known, Holloway has had a foot in both camps). It shows how the Bible is as relevant today as it ever was, not by reading it literally, of course, or necessarily with the committed eyes of faith, but by seeing it as a document, or rather collection of documents, that offers unrivalled insights into what it means to be human (which is of course inseparable from developing concepts of God through historical time).
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Bible Complicated how to read 3 Jun 2010
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I found this book extremely hard to read and at times complicated the bible. The author is well known and respected, But I feel that was the biggest let down. I did learn some things about the bible and feel that if you are seeking general knowledge about the subject that will give you quotations then this is your book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening 31 Oct 2007
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This is a book for people who wish to take a critical look at the Bible-especially for those who are believers. The import of an ancient book in our society, its truth in spite of the multiple difficulties of reading the work as fundamental fact becomes clear.
Be ready to throw away your simplistic ideas about what the Bible means and what it says. The end result is a powerful read.
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perfect in every way
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