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How to Read the Bible in Changing Times shows you how to interpret and apply the Scriptures regardless of time and culture. It develops a heart-of-God approach that provides guidelines to
determine the meaning of the text in its original context
analyze cultural features
discern what the Bible teaches about God, his will, and his purposes
apply the truths discovered to contemporary life situations
If you have ever struggled to see the connection between this ancient document and your world today, you will treasure this insightful book.
"With a keen scholar's mind, a pastor's compassionate heart, and a teacher's clarity, Mark Strauss has penned a much-needed resource for understanding the Bible today. Your study of Scripture will be enriched and enhanced by this valuable book!"--Lee Strobel, editor, The Case for Christ Study Bible
"The books on how to interpret the Bible are many. Some are so technical that their readership is severely limited; others are so popular that their accuracy and depth are sacrificed for easy rhetoric. Mark Strauss weaves his way between these two extremes to give us a book that is careful, understated, and filled with a great deal of good sense."--D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Mark L. Strauss (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary. He is the author of several books, including Distorting Scripture? and Four Portraits, One Jesus. He lives in California.
1 Introduction: The Unchanging Word in a Changing World 1
2 What the Bible Is Not 13
3 What the Bible Is 41
4 A Heart-of-God Hermeneutic: Walking with God in His Story 69
5 Seeking the Heart of God in Dialogue: Tradition, Community, and the Spirit 93
6 Finding the Heart of God in the Diverse Genres of the Old Testament 107
7 Finding the Heart of God in the Diverse Genres of the New Testament 157
8 When Cultures Collide: Discerning the Heart of God in Cultural Context 207
9 Conclusion 245
Scripture Index 265
Posted April 21, 2014
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