Item description for Reading the Bible: A Study Guide by Timothy R. Carmody...
Overview Introductions to reading the Bible are almost as old as the scriptures themselves, but most of the recently published introductory biblical textbooks focus exclusively on either the Old or the New Testament. In contrast, READING THE BIBLE takes the unusual approach of serving as an introduction to the Bible as a whole, helping the reader understand the Bible as a single entity. In a practical, engaging manner, this book provides a survey of the entire Bible, its sections, its books, and its social, religious, and historical contexts. Then it also serves as a primer in the methodologies of biblical interpretation. And last, it is a workbook, giving examples of how to use the background knowledge from the survey and methodological training to examine in some depth a few selected texts. Drawing on his longtime teaching experience, the author shows readers how to approach the biblical text in a direct, fulfilling and honest manner in order to better understand and interpret it. And he demonstrates that by examining the Bible's historical background, its literary features, and the interpretive possibilities for the text, READING THE BIBLE is the ideal introduction to modern biblical scholarship.
Publishers Description Using the "three worlds" of the historical background, the literary features, and the interpretive possibilities for the text, this book surveys the major divisions of the Bible and presents examples of how to interpret the Bible using contemporary methodologies.
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An Excellent Introductory Text Jul 14, 2005
An excellent introduction to modern Bible studies which shows how Roman Catholic faith is consistent with, and can be enriched by, modern Biblical analysis.
A New Approach Accompanied by Helpful Insights! Oct 25, 2004
My colleague Tim Carmody has done a great service to everyone who has struggled to read the Bible! The original title he proposed for this volume better illustrated his approach: "The Art of Reading the Bible." That is exactly what Tim shows us--there truly is an art to reading and understanding the deep truths that are found cloaked in the Bible's many forms of literature. He begins with a good chapter on basics, geared to creating readers who are comfortable with the Bible. Here he addresses vital questions such as inspiration, inerrancy, context and human involvement in production of the scriptures. As he demonstrates beautifully, the Bible as we have it today is the product of a process that is both ancient and new. It represents the faith of those who have gone before, but finds new life and new breath in the believing communities of today. Far from being a dusty set of documents, it is a "living Bible" with much to say to us today.
One especially helpful tool is the manner in which Carmody identifies the world BEHIND the biblical text (the culture that produced it), the world OF the biblical text (the text itself) and the world IN FRONT OF the biblical text (the context of the reader). These distinctions are absolutely vital to avoiding misinterpretation and as Carmody moves through the various forms of biblical literature, he returns again and again to these important distinctions. He not only proposes an excellent methodology, he demonstrates his own faithfulness to that methodology.
The text is easily read, but offers profound insight. It is well suited for introductory courses in theology or Bible. To the believer who needs some help getting comfortable with the Bible, this work will be a great comfort. But Carmody is also helpful to those who seriously wonder if the Bible remains relevant in the contemporary world. This is the "thinking-person's" study guide!