How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now

How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now

by James L. Kugel
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sageoffolly More than 1 year ago
Fundamentalists will find this difficult to enjoy. The author begins by showing that reading the bible "literally" is a relatively new concept (the last 150 yrs or so) and that for most of history Christians understood the Bible should not be read literally. If you can't handle that basic truth, this book isn't for you. If it is, the author shows how ancient methods of interpreting the text are relevant today and can save the Bible from the problems introduced by literalism. Although the author is Jewish he is also well versed in early Christian exegesis.    
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As a student this is an adjunct support for learning the Bible.
Penicillin More than 1 year ago
Vastly interesting book, written in an informal and captivating style. I was surprised that it was stacked under "Christian Reference" as it deals with the Old Testament. Author is a former Harvard professor, and it is easy to see why his course on the Bible was one of the very most popular at that school. He is an orthodox Jew, now living in Israel. I really enjoyed reading this; it was rather eye-opening.