How to Read the Bible

How to Read the Bible

How to Read the Bible

How to Read the Bible


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“Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?”—The Book of Job

The How to Read series provides a context and an explanation that will facilitate and enrich your understanding of texts vital to the canon. These books use excerpts from the major texts to explain essential topics, such as the definition and role of God in the Bible, the most influential book in human history.

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 about God and how they are going to interpret his role in the rambling library of books that claims his authorship. Richard Holloway offers a usefully dialectical approach to this central question that will allow unbelievers as well as believers to profit from a study of the most influential book in human history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393329544
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/17/2007
Series: How to Read
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Richard Holloway is a former Bishop of Edinburgh and Gresham Professor of Divinity. Now a writer and broadcaster, he is the author of more than twenty books, including, Godless Morality (1999), Doubts and Loves (2001) and Looking in the Distance (2004). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and is Chairman of the Scottish Arts Council.

Simon Critchley is a best-selling author and the Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. His many books include The Book of Dead Philosophers, Bowie, and Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword     vi
Introduction     1
Beginning     15
Promising     25
Connecting     35
Exile     45
Suffering     57
Messiah     68
Challenge     79
Parable     90
Apostle     100
End     111
Notes     121
Chronology     126
Bibliography     128
Index     131
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