What does it mean to read the Bible wisely? Richard Briggs tackles some familiar questions about how to interpret the Bible with the goal of answering this question. After exploring issues of biblical interpretation in three particular contexts - historical, literary and theological - he considers specific doctrines about the Bible: its clariy, its inspiration and its authority, and asks what it means in practice to read the Bible as an inspired or as an authoritative text. The reader is helped throughout by a thorough examination of particular passages. Written with warmth and a light touch, Reading the Bible Wisely focuses on wisdom and spirituality rather than technique, while recognizing that the gift of eyes to see is a gift that only God can give. "Wisdom, like jewels, often comes in small packages, and these seven hermeneutical homilies contain several precious nuggets. Each chapter teaches how to read the Bible wisely as much by example a by precept. Richard Briggs has written a succinct and suggestive handbook for disciples on the road to Emmaus who continue to discuss the meaning of "all these things" in Scripture." Professor Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Trinity International University.
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Many people, when making resolutions decide Bible reading would be a good one. Some even set goals, such as reading the Bible in a year, ninety days, or even two weeks. When facing it however, that great book can often be frankly intimidating, some versions more than others. The language and history are often alien to the modern reader, and the whole task become daunting in a fairly short time. .............. ***** The author has recognized this dilema and in this short volume attempts to give the reader of any level a short course in hermaneutics, the art and science of Biblical interpretation. Though he gives an overview of the whole book, he focuses primarily on the books of James, Romans, Luke, and Revelation. With sharp insight and humor, Mr. Briggs helps even those familiar with Scripture become more so.