Reading and Understanding the Bible
With his usual flair and reader-friendly style, Ben Witherington III brings us a fresh and distinctive guide to interpreting the Bible. Ideal for courses in Biblical Interpretation, Hermeneutics, and Introduction to the Bible, Reading and Understanding the Bible is unique...
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With his usual flair and reader-friendly style, Ben Witherington III brings us a fresh and distinctive guide to interpreting the Bible. Ideal for courses in Biblical Interpretation, Hermeneutics, and Introduction to the Bible, Reading and Understanding the Bible is unique in that it carefully examines the various genres of literature in the Bible while also explaining how to interpret each within its proper context. Taking a faith-friendly approach to historically based interpretation, it shows students how to read the Bible with a keen awareness of the many and profound differences between the modern world and ancient biblical cultures. It explains how ancient societies worked, how documents were created, who preserved them and why, the patriarchal nature of all ancient cultures, and, most importantly, how these cultural characteristics should affect our reading of the Bible.
* An exceptionally lucid and dynamic writing style, an eight-page color-photo insert, and helpful maps and charts keep students engaged
* Sample contextual interpretations of biblical passages illustrate foundational hermeneutical principles
* A comprehensive glossary and suggested further readings offer students additional support
Ben Witherington III (Ph.D., University of Durham, England) is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and is on the doctoral faculty at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland
He is the author of many books on the New Testament, including Women and the Genesis of Christianity (Cambridge University Press); Jesus the Sage (Fortress Press); The Jesus Quest (InterVarsity Press) and The Paul Quest (InterVarsity Press). With Hershel Shanks he is coauthor of The Brother of Jesus (HarperSanFrancisco), a book on the controversial James ossuary. A frequent contributor to Beliefnet.com, Witherington has also appeared on numerous TV news programs such as Dateline, 60 Minutes, 20/20 and the Peter Jennings ABC special Jesus and Paul--The Word and the Witness.
Dr Witherington has written a commentary on every book of the New Testament in a wide variety of series.
- Abbreviations ; Transliterations ; Preface ; An Invitation To Explore The Bible ; Part One: Surveying The Terrain, Studying The Map ; Chapter One: 'let The Reader Understand' ; Chapter Two: The Grand Narrative Of The Bible ; Chapter Three: The History In The Bible ; Chapter Four: On Figuring Out What's Figurative, And On Learning About The Letter Of The Law ; Chapter Five: Of Parables, Promises And Prophecies ; Chapter Six: The Oral And Rhetorical Character Of The Ancient Biblical World ; Chapter Seven: Social Realities And Cultural Scripts In Bible Times ; Chapter Eight: The Theological Structures Of The Gospels ; Part Two: Unearthing The Treasure ; Chapter Nine: The Basic Rules Of The Road-hermeneutics ; Chapter Ten: Digging Deeper-historical Narrative ; Chapter Eleven: Digging Deeper-the Psalms ; Chapter Twelve: Digging Deeper-isaiah ; Chapter Thirteen: Digging Deeper-the Prophecy And Parables Of Jesus ; Chapter Fourteen: Digging Deeper-paul-his Reflections On Hymn And Him ; Chapter Fifteen: Next Steps ; Chapter Sixteen: Did The Canon Misfire? The Bible's Story ; Epilogue: Found In Translation ; Bibliography