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How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth Audiobook – Unabridged

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Great. Part of my course
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What does it mean that the books of the Bible are our canonical Scriptures? In my opinion, this book answers most of the questions Christians have. A Classic.
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Just reading a few pages has opened my insight into how to really read and understand the Bible .It also answer some questions I had.
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I will put my one complaint about this book at the beginning. The authors state that "...for study you should use almost any modern translation rather than the KJV or the NKJV." Other than that, this book is to be highly recommended. In less than 280 pages, you get a lot of genuinely useful guidance and information on how to read, understand and apply the different types of writings, or genres, in the Bible.

The first two chapters look at the necessity of interpretation and the various approaches to translation. Several modern translations are compared and their advantages / disadvantages discussed. These chapters open up the difficulties faced by translators. The authors end by suggesting the use of three or four translations for comparison during serious study.

The following chapters look at the different genres of the Bible: Epistles, narrative, Gospels (treated as a genre in their own right here), parables, wisdom texts, law, prophetic, psalms & poetry and apocalyptic. The nature and structures of each genre are described then the process of determining meaning and application is discussed, with examples. The explanations of Hebrew poetry and the parables are a great help in understanding why they look like they do in English translations. Common mistakes and difficulties of interpretation are covered.

Each genre is treated in a similar way. Always, the importance of the historical and literary contexts is emphasised. These can greatly affect how meaning is determined. The reader is encouraged to look at when and where a text was written, then to look at how that relates to their time and place. The reader is shown how to recognise the genre of the text, and how to handle it appropriately to find its application.
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If you want to understand the Bible within it's cultural context (exegesis) and how to apply it to your life (hermeneutics) - [yeah, glad I finally understand those 2 words :P] without going to bible school/college, this is the book for you. Easy to ride, and says a lot in a modest number of pages. It's a good guide that highlights key principles which based on the explanation, you for yourself can decide what you can take or leave. There were a few things I didn't fully agree with in the content, but for the most part, the rationale was acceptable. There were loads of references and suggested readings which I think may be helpful at some other time. But I think it's really good as a reference book all on it's own. And yes, if you do decide to go on to bible college, you can keep it handy as a student of English might keep a thesauraus.
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It would have made the "God Delusion" a bit more of a credible book, as his exegesis was all over the place. An excellent introduction to reading the Bible for all readers of the Bible whether they are new to the good book or seasoned readers.
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To get to grips with reading the Bible in the right way is essential, and with the help of this book reminds believers that in the inspired word of God there are different types (genres) throughout the Bible and we need to be aware of what we are reading. It is all God's word, but there are highlighted differences between reading a narrative, poetry, letters, books of the law and historical details.

The book reminds us that we are to look at the original meaning and to read the bible in it's context, remembering to be true to the text while still applying God's word to today. This is a needed reminder for every reader or preacher of the Bible, we don't come up with our opinion, but preach the word of God from the two horizons - original writers intention/readers original understanding and then application today.

An excellent book to gain understanding of the Bible, safeguarding the message of God from being abused or misused. It isn't a bedside read and leave plenty of thinking through time.
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