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The Badly Behaved Bible

Thinking Again About the Story of Scripture [Hardback]

by Nick Page

Nick Page takes you on a journey through the Bible that anything but well-behaved as you discover the Bible-you-never-knew and new ways of reading it too.

  • For modern Christians wanting to re-discover the Bible

  • Nick Page shows how to see the Bible as an wild, history shaping text

  • Discover new ways to see the Bible, ways that shed light in dusty corners

  • Author

    Nick Page

  • Book Format


  • Publisher

    John Murray Press

  • Published

    May 2019

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A fresh look at reading the Bible from well-respected author Nick Page

We're told that the Bible is beautiful, uplifting and a joy to read - but, while we know this is how we're supposed to feel about it, in reality many of us find the very opposite. On opening the Bible, we are faced with a multitude of problems; from its form and historical content to its sheer size and often distasteful stories, we can be left feeling overwhelmed and disheartened. But the problem is not with the Bible - and it's not with us either.

The problem is we've been misinformed. And so, we end up believing things about the Bible that the Bible never claims for itself. But the Bible won't politely sign up to the neat categories and terms we force on it. That's why it's badly behaved. We want to control the Bible and tame it so that we can ride it into battle; but the Bible bucks and rears and throws us off. We want to pin the Bible down so that it proves our theology; but the Bible evades capture and plays hide and seek. We want answers; but the Bible keeps firing questions. We want it to tell us what to do; but the Bible keeps telling us to think. We want to make the Bible dance to our tune: but the Bible has music of its own. The Bible is an invitation and a call. The breath of God lifts its pages, and they rise and fall with his breathing.

In his honest and accessible style, Nick Page urges us to re-discover a fresh look at the Bible as the scriptural bedrock of the Christian faith, to learn how we can undo unhelpful ways of reading it and demystifying its purpose and scope.

Nick tackles what the Bible is and what it isn't, how we can critically read this inspired text and how we approach the difficulties in its content.

Alongside helpful analysis and practical advice - including kickstarting his one-man campaign to ban "Bible study" - Nick helps us re-discover how to rediscover the Bible as Holy Ground, as a place where we meet and encounter God.

Introduction: Holy Ground

1. The God-breathed book

2. The Men who wrote the word

3. Binding up the Bible

4. A land of story

5. The not-so-good book

6. Talking about God

7. The joy of doubt

8. The authority of scripture

9. It ain't necessarily so

10. Thinking again about reading the Bible

Appendix: Significant dates


  • Author

    Nick Page

  • Book Format


  • Publisher

    John Murray Press

  • Published

    May 2019

  • Weight


  • Page Count


  • Dimensions

    134 x 217 x 26 mm

  • ISBN


  • ISBN-10


  • Eden Code


More Information

  • Author/Creator: Nick Page

  • ISBN: 9781473686199

  • Publisher: John Murray Press

  • Release Date: May 2019

  • Weight: 380g

  • Dimensions: 134 x 217 x 26 mm

  • Eden Code: 4680855

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