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Making Sense of the Bible
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Making Sense of the Bible by Helen-Ann Hartley was published by Spck in June 2011 and is our 34733rd best seller. The ISBN for Making Sense of the Bible is 9780281064052.
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Making Sense of the BibleDavid Ford, via The Good Book Stall
Christians love their euphemisms. Take clergy job adverts. The moment one sees the phrase ‘church seeks sound biblical teacher’ we know that a conservative preacher is sought, someone who will read the bible literally. Making sense of the Bible”seeks to encourage us to view scripture more generously and imaginatively than this, specifically by encouraging us to ‘converse’ with the text with open hearts and minds.
Helen-Ann Hartley seeks to broaden our biblical horizons by exploring how our understanding of scripture is enhanced by recognising how the stories, contexts, encounters and conversations within scripture can help us understand our own and vice versa.
This is a valuable approach to scripture that has much potential to bring the Bible alive and even to enable the living Word of God to speak to us afresh. It can help prevent us from becoming stuck with inherited perspectives on familiar stories and gives us permission to discover the meaning of scripture for ourselves, independently of the teachers or leaders of our own church.
Sadly however, I believe this short volume fails to provide the accessible and practical tools that lay Christians need. It is neither well structured nor comprehensive in its overview of imaginative ways to read scripture. In terms of approaches to textual analysis, it is somewhat dated.
Making Sense of the Bible may be read by Modern Church readers and others in the liberal wing of the church, but may struggle to engage those who need to hear its liberating message. For Christians nurtured within the constraints of a narrow and didactic theology, this book is unlikely to attract their attention or provide the release they seek.
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Details for Making Sense of the Bible
|Page last updated||30th July 2017|
|Author / Artist||Helen-Ann Hartley|
|Publisher||Spck (June 2011)|
|Number of Pages||96|