How to Read the Bible

How to Read the Bible

How to Read the Bible

How to Read the Bible

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The Bible is rich in literary, historical, and religious treasures, which many of us fait to find for want of a little direction in the search for them. We find ourselves dismayed at the sheer bulk of the Bible, for one thing--eleven hundred pages of double-column fine print. Its books are, moreover, of a perplexing range and variety, and the most familiar and interesting do not stand at the beginning.

It is this state of things that deters so many modern readers from attempting the Bible. They respect it told want to know it, but they are disinclined to plow through seven hundred and fifty pages before they get to the part that really interests them most. There must be a better way to get acquainted with the great library which we call the Bible and to find out its principal riches and values.

Let us then undertake a literary and historical approach to it, taking up the chief books in it as biography, oratory, history, poetry, drama, fiction, letters, and visions, in the light of the times that produced them and the purposes of their writers, thus combining literary and historical interests, always remembering that important as they undoubtedly are for literature and history, their religious messages must be kept uppermost, since it was chiefly to promote that side of life that they were written.

Many readers who have looked upon the Bible as a huge book too antique and portentous to interest them may, we hope, come to see it as a rich and varied library, to find their way . . .

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