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

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Introducing the History, Interpretation,
and Theological Understandings of the Bible

"What kind of book is the Bible? Where did it come from? Is it infallible or inspired? Does it contain errors? How do we interpret the Bible to hear its message clearly? Those new to the Bible or readers familiar with it, including inquiring students, will find here practical help in answering these questions and making their...
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Overview

Introducing the History, Interpretation,
and Theological Understandings of the Bible

"What kind of book is the Bible? Where did it come from? Is it infallible or inspired? Does it contain errors? How do we interpret the Bible to hear its message clearly? Those new to the Bible or readers familiar with it, including inquiring students, will find here practical help in answering these questions and making their own decisions about what to believe about the Bible. Readers will come away from this well-informed, theologically balanced, and easy-to-read book eager to engage Scripture and see that there is more than one way for Christians to be biblical, faithful, and effective followers of Jesus."
--Graham H. Twelftree, School of Divinity, Regent University

"This book will appeal to both the scholar and the lay reader as the writers are adept in achieving a broad appeal. They well combine a thorough knowledge of their subject, lucid prose, and a genuine desire to examine issues, including the authority, inspiration, and trustworthiness of Scripture. The authors carefully define terms, use the biblical text to explain a range of issues, and faithfully reconstruct various interpretations of the Bible, always keeping the historical context of those interpretations in mind. This book is a great service to the church, and all who read and apply it will be immeasurably enriched."
--Roger J. Green, Gordon College

"Thorsen and Reeves believe that all Christians should--and can--be informed students of the Bible. They put that belief into action by providing an accessible but substantial guide to what the Bible is, where it came from, and how we can make it part of our lives and thoughts today. This is an informative and useful guidebook to the Christian's Guidebook."
--W. David Buschart, Denver Seminary

"Remarkably readable, this book informs and provokes thinking in an engaging way. No one holds all the views surveyed in the book, but we can come to a better understanding of the range of views by this appraisal that seeks to give each view a fair hearing."
--Craig Keener, Asbury Theological Seminary

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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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