What Christians Believe about the Bible: A Concise Guide for Students

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Christians talk frequently about the Bible, yet they do not always have an informed and wide-ranging understanding of varied Christian views about its nature. Don Thorsen and Keith Reeves combine their biblical and theological knowledge to create such a unique introduction to the Bible.

This book not only provides an introduction to the interpretation of the Bible but also to the history and theological understanding behind it, equipping students to think critically about their ...

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What Christians Believe about the Bible: A Concise Guide for Students

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Overview

Christians talk frequently about the Bible, yet they do not always have an informed and wide-ranging understanding of varied Christian views about its nature. Don Thorsen and Keith Reeves combine their biblical and theological knowledge to create such a unique introduction to the Bible.

This book not only provides an introduction to the interpretation of the Bible but also to the history and theological understanding behind it, equipping students to think critically about their own tradition's approach to Scripture. It is perfect as a supplemental textbook in both introductory biblical studies and theology courses, but it will also be of interest to adult education classes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801048319
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/15/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Thorsen (PhD, Drew University) is professor of theology, chair of the department of theology and ethics, and chair of advanced studies in the Haggard Graduate School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. His previous books include The Wesleyan Quadrilateral and An Exploration of Christian Theology. Keith H. Reeves (PhD, Union Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament and early Christian literature in the school of theology at Azusa Pacific University. He is the author of The Resurrection Narrative in Matthew: A Literary Critical Examination and numerous articles.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. We Are All Students of the Bible
2. A Brief History of the Bible
Interpretation of the Bible
3. Genre
4. Historical Context
5. Literary Context
Theology of the Bible
6. Religious Authority
7. Inspiration of the Bible
8. The Bible, Truth, and Error
9. Views of the Bible's Trustworthiness
Conclusion
10. What Then Should We Do?
Appendix 1: Books of the Hebrew Bible
Appendix 2: Books of the Protestant Old Testament
Appendix 3: Books of the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books
Appendix 4: Books of the New Testament
Indexes
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  • Posted August 24, 2012

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    a great biblical primer

    "If people want to become better students of the Bible, they need to learn more about its history. The Bible did not fall from Heaven in its final form; it expanded and developed over hundreds of years." pg 37

    I had the wonderful pleasure of not only working for Azusa Pacific University, but also being able to take all of my Greek classes from one of the authors of this book, Keith H. Reeves is professor of New Testament and early Christian literature in the school of theology at APU. Dr. Reeves is also the author of The Resurrection Narrative in Matthew: A Literary Critical Examination and numerous articles.

    Don Thorsen is professor of theology, chair of the department of theology and ethics, and chair of advanced studies in the Haggard Graduate School of Theology at APU. Dr. Thorson's previous books include The Wesleyan Quadrilateral and An Exploration of Christian Theology.

    This book covers a lot of what we call "doctrine." Both the authors have done a wonderful job providing a solid text on the Bible's nature and I also think readers will walk away with a better understanding of the Bible's rich history.

    The book is broken down into 4 parts, an introduction, how the bible should be interpreted, theology and a conclusion. Part three will be especially interesting to most readers as it gives a solid foundation for the Bible's religious authority, the inspiration behind the Bible, and views on the Bible's infallibly.

    As soon as I got this book, my Dad and I skimmed its pages and read things that we found especially interesting. I think this book will serve as a useful textbook in schools, and in helping to answer questions that arise but are not always treated in today's churches.

    Highly recommended!

    Thank you to Baker Academic for providing this book and for the opportunity for me to express my opinion.

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