Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today [NOOK Book]

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"But what does scripture say?”

That question has echoed through a thousanddebates in the life of the worldwide church. Allchurches have officially endorsed strong statementsabout the centrality of scripture and itsauthority in their mission, life, doctrine, anddiscipline. But there is no agreement on whatthis might mean or how it might work in practice.Individuals and churches struggle with howto respond to issues such as war, homosexuality,and abortion, and especially how to interpretbiblical passages that ...

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Overview

"But what does scripture say?”

That question has echoed through a thousanddebates in the life of the worldwide church. Allchurches have officially endorsed strong statementsabout the centrality of scripture and itsauthority in their mission, life, doctrine, anddiscipline. But there is no agreement on whatthis might mean or how it might work in practice.Individuals and churches struggle with howto respond to issues such as war, homosexuality,and abortion, and especially how to interpretbiblical passages that discuss these topics. Thesedisagreements often serve to undermine ourconfidence in the authority of the Bible.

Bishop and Bible scholar N. T. Wright deliversa new model for how to understand the placeof scripture and God’s authority in the midstof religious confusion. Wright gives new life tothe old, tattered doctrine of the authority ofscripture, delivering a fresh, helpful, and concisestatement on how to read the Bible today,restoring scripture as a place to find God’s voice.

In this revised and expanded edition of thepreviously titled book The Last Word, Wrightprovides two case studies that delve into what itmeans to keep Sabbath and how Christians candefend marital monogamy. These studies offernot only bold biblical insights but also showcaseWright’s new model for how to interpretscripture and restore its role as the church’smain resource for teaching and guidance.Removing the baggage that the last 100 yearsof controversy and confusion have placed onthis doctrine, Wright renews our confidence inthe Bible and shows how it can once again serveas the living Word of God for our lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Brian McLaren
“N. T. Wright opens for us a path beyond of the paralyzing polarization of “liberal” and “conservative.”
Ben Witherington
“In a fashion that is both old fashioned and new fangled at the same time Bishop Wright takes us through a sane and helpful study of what it means to treat the Bible as the authoritative Word of God. Highly Recommended!”
John R. Franke
“Written by one of the leading Christian thinkers in the world today, this book is a refreshing and accessible resource concerning the perennial question of biblical authority that moves the discussion beyond the liberal-conservative impasse of our times. Highly Recommended.”
Timothy George
“[P]robing, provocative, insightful…This is a book of uncommon wisdom for all who read and love the Bible.”
J. I Packer
“This wide-ranging whirlwind-tour account of Scripture channeling God’s authority, with its tweaking of distortions back into shape and its first-class approach to Bible study, is masterly throughout.”
Books & Culture
“Scripture and the Authority of God is a fabulous book. With characteristic verve and occasionally pungent grace… Scripture and the Authority of God could be the beginning of a more faithful listening, as well as sustaining more fruitful conversation about the nature of biblical interpretation.”
Explorefaith.org
“Wright appeals to the reader to take another look at the Bible, not as an isolated phenomenon—a veritable rule book similarly applicable at all times and in all places—but rather as a book better placed within both the contemporary cultural context and as part of a larger tradition of interpretation.”
The Christian Century
“The best book of its kind available.”
Church of England Newspaper
“Wright is a provocative theologian... there is so much here that you will wish that it were longer— but its brevity makes for easy reading and it certainly deserves to be read.”
ANVIL
“The whole book gives further cause for gratitude for God’s gift of Wright to his Church.”
Books&Culture
“Scripture and the Authority of God is a fabulous book. With characteristic verve and occasionally pungent grace… Scripture and the Authority of God could be the beginning of a more faithful listening, as well as sustaining more fruitful conversation about the nature of biblical interpretation.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062079060
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 92,488
  • File size: 806 KB

Meet the Author

N. T. Wright is the former bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world's leading Bible scholars. He is now severing as the Chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews; he has been featured on ABC News, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air. Wright is the award-winning author of The Case for the Psalms, How God Became King, Simply Jesus, After You Believe, Surprised by Hope, Simply Christian, Scripture and the Authority of God, and The Meaning of Jesus (coauthored with Marcus Borg), as well as translator for The Kingdom New Testament.

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  • Anonymous

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    Wondering what the Bible is all about?

    This author asks the questions I ask and suggests thoughtful answers which are based on history, philosophy and scripture. A learned scholar, he speaks from the vantage point of serious scholarship and commitment. The book is written in a manner that is both understandable and inspirational to the reader. I am especially impressed with rhe articulation of the Christian hope which is an anticipation of the time when God's "kingdom comes and His will is done on earth as it is in heaven". "Scripture and the Authority of God" makes clear that the Bible is much more than a compilation of rules for living. He provides the reader with a deeper understanding of what scripture is and suggests ways it ought to be taught and learned individually and within the context of the church.

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