A Reader's Guide to the Bible
Approaching the Bible for the first time can be intimidating. At sixty-six books, nearly 800,000 words, and numerous kings, prophets, and deliverers, as well as priests and apostles, where should you begin? In what order should you read it? Why...
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Approaching the Bible for the first time can be intimidating. At sixty-six books, nearly 800,000 words, and numerous kings, prophets, and deliverers, as well as priests and apostles, where should you begin? In what order should you read it? Why are there narratives here and over there, but other things mixed between? And is there an alternative to reading the Bible from Genesis to Revelation? In A Reader's Guide to the Bible John Goldingay places the biblical books in their times and settings, and then lays out a memorable pattern for understanding the Bible. Three categories of biblical books-story, word, and response-form three doors into the cathedral that is the Bible: the story of God and his people, the word of God to his people, and the people's response to God. Whether you are a person of Christian faith or other faith, or no faith at all, here is a reliable guide to exploring the Bible. Written by a highly accomplished biblical scholar, A Reader's Guide to the Bible joins a clear and direct style with a maestro's touch.
John Goldingay (Ph.D., University of Nottingham) is David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. His books include Models for Scripture; Models for Interpretation of Scripture; Walk On; and commentaries on Psalms (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms - 3 volumes); Isaiah (New International Bible Commentary); Daniel (Word Biblical Commentary); The Message of Isaiah 40-55: A Literary-Theological Commentary; and with David Payne, Isaiah 40-66 (International Critical Commentary - 2 volumes), and the recently completed Old Testament Theology(three volumes from InterVarsity Press). His major project is now to complete the series Old Testament for Everyone Bible commentary series
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- Approaching The Bible For The First Time Can Be Intimidating. At Sixty-six Books, Nearly 800,000 Words, And Numerous Kings, Prophets, And Deliverers, As Well As Priests And Apostles, Where Should You Begin? In What Order Should You Read It? Why Are There Narratives Here And Over There, But Other Things Mixed Between? And Is There An Alternative To Reading The Bible From Genesis To Revelation? In <em>a Reader's Guide To The Bible</em> John Goldingay Places The Biblical Books In Their Times And Settings, And Then Lays Out A Memorable Pattern For Understanding The Bible. Three Categories Of Biblical Books-story, Word, And Response-form Three Doors Into The Cathedral That Is The Bible: The Story Of God And His People, The Word Of God To His People, And The People's Response To God. Whether You Are A Person Of Christian Faith Or Other Faith, Or No Faith At All, Here Is A Reliable Guide To Exploring The Bible. Written By A Highly Accomplished Biblical Scholar, <em>a Reader's Guide To The Bible</em> Joins A Clear And Direct Style With A Maestro's Touch.
- <strong>part I: The Story Of God And His People</strong>
- 4. Beginnings: Genesis To Numbers5. From Triumph To Defeat: Deuteronomy To Kings6. The Story Of The Community: Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah7. Short Stories: Ruth, Esther, Jonah, And Daniel8. The Story Of Jesus And The Church: Matthew To Acts
- <strong>part Ii: The Word Of God To His People</strong>
- 9. The Instruction Of The Priests: Exodus To Deuteronomy10. The Message Of The Prophets: Isaiah To Malachi11. The Letters Of The Apostles: Romans To Jude12. The Visions Of The Seers: Daniel, Revelation13. The Advice Of The Wise Men: Proverbs, Song Of Songs
- <strong>part Iii: Israel S Response To God</strong>
- 14. Prayer And Praise: Psalms, Lamentations15. Doubts And Certainties: Ecclesiastes, Job
- <strong>part Iv: The Bible Today</strong>
- 16. The Bible Todayscripture Index