Is the Old Testament worth the time and trouble it takes to understand it? Bestselling author Yancey answers with a resounding "yes" and tells why this neglected part of God's revelation is crucial to gaining a profound understanding of Christ.Is the Old Testament worth the time and trouble it takes to understand it? Bestselling author Yancey answers with a resounding "yes" and tells why this neglected part of God's revelation is crucial to gaining a profound understanding of Christ.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1999-08-16 Yancey is an astute author who challenges Christians' assumptions without alienating them. In The Bible Jesus Read, Yancey encourages readers to consider how Hebrew Scripture?what Christians call the Old Testament?is relevant to their own lives. His premise is that although many Christians tacitly consider the New Testament more important than the Old, the New Testament was written after Jesus' earthly ministry, making the Old Testament "the Bible Jesus read." Hebrew Scripture was the greatest influence on the mind and spirit of the founder of Christianity, a fact that, in the author's estimation, obligates Christians to know it well. Yancey acknowledges the difficulty of transcending the cultural gulf between modern civilization and ancient Israel and seeks to bridge the gap by highlighting sections of the Old Testament that he initially found hard to appreciate. The writings of the Prophets were particularly obscure to Yancey because of the nonnarrative style and assumption of a warrior culture. However, he gradually discovered the passages' deep relevance to, and resonance with, his own experience. He came to love these Old Testament books when he realized that many of their concerns, such as justice for the poor and faithfulness to God, are timeless. Yancey's lucid style and honest handling of difficult ideas ensure that readers who have enjoyed his earlier books will not be disappointed in this one. (Sept.) FYI: Zondervan will simultaneously release an audio version, read by the author (two cassettes, 2 hrs., $16.99 ISBN 0-310-22982-0). Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 1999-07-12 Part commentary, part atlas and part dictionary, Connelly's book provides a simple introduction to readers unfamiliar with, or seeking a deeper understanding of, the Bible. The author opens his guide with a very brief overview of the transmission and translation of biblical texts. Connelly (Miracles) then offers a close look at what he calls the "three steps to unlocking the Bible: what does it say?; what does it mean?; so what?" In the remainder of the book, Connelly devotes plenty of space to broad overviews of the biblical books themselves. He provides a brief summary of each book as well as a closer examination of the characters and themes found within. Each chapter contains several tools the author hopes will be helpful in accessing biblical study: "help file?fascinating facts about an author or a book"; a sketch of the book's key characters; "points to remember" from each book; "walking the walk?suggestions for making the reading more personal"; and a brief bibliography that enables readers to "dig deeper" into any given topic. Most of the chapters also contain information about biblical archeology and the history of other nations that affected the history of Israel and Judah. Connelly makes a few mistakes in his introductory guide. The word "Bible" does not mean "book" or refer to one book, as he notes: the Greek word from which "Bible" is derived means "library of many books," so the Bible is more correctly a collection and not a single document. Also, he notes that "Jewish people refer to the Old Testament as the Hebrew Bible," but Jews do not call the Old Testament "Hebrew Bible," preferring instead to preserve the integrity of their sacred Scripture by referring to the Tanakh. Although Connelly clearly reads the Old Testament stories through Christian interpretive lenses (and so compromises the meaning of those texts), his easy-to-use guide will help many readers meander through the difficulties of reading the Bible. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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