Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Digging deeper in the Bible
The book includes 17 short chapters presenting a wide range of interpretive tools that help the reader get to the heart of the text before them. Tools include "The Author's Purpose Tool" - which asks the question "why did the author write what he did?" Or "The Linking Words Tool" which highlights the importance of words such as "for" or "therefore" with instructive diagrams to help us understand how to apply their significance in the passage in question.
Each chapter has a worked example plus questions and suggestions for passages which provide further opportunities to apply the tool discussed. I was so taken with the book that I finished it over two days ready to start again.
I strongly recommend the book not only for individual study but as a teaching tool for use in the parish - something I hope to look at next month.
I read this morning the following alarming statistics: "Only six per cent of British adults read or listen to the Bible, while 55 per...