The Unfolding Drama of the Bible: Eight Studies Introducing the Bible as a Whole

The Unfolding Drama of the Bible: Eight Studies Introducing the Bible as a Whole

The Unfolding Drama of the Bible: Eight Studies Introducing the Bible as a Whole

The Unfolding Drama of the Bible: Eight Studies Introducing the Bible as a Whole

Excerpt

In one of his well-known sonnets John Keats tells how in reading Chapman's translation of Homer he experienced the elation of a new discovery.

Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new Planet swims into his ken;
Or, like stout Cortez, when with eagle eyes
He stared at the Pacific--and all his men
Looked at each other with a wild surmise --
Silent, upon a peak in Darien.

In our day many have had a similar experience in reading the Bible. Bible Study, of the kind you are about to engage in, can have the result of opening your eyes to an entirely new vista, of giving you a new perspective upon the meaning of your life and the whole historical drama.

There are two ways to study the Bible. The first way is appropriate to classroom or academic study. Using this approach, one looks at the Bible from the outside as a spectator. He learns many interesting facts about the Bible such as the literary process which brought it to final shape, or the cultural and historical background of the various books. He is curious about the ideas of the Bible, and perhaps he masters these ideas well enough to pass a course examination with flying colors. This approach has its place, but it is not the one we shall assume in these studies. The second approach is one in which together we shall attempt to stand within the Bible and to look out at the world through the window of biblical faith. We shall read the Bible with personal concern, realizing that it is not a textbook but "a letter from God with your personal address on it," as Kierkegaard once said. We shall listen to the word which is spoken to each of us through the medium of the sacred page.

God's Manifesto

The uniqueness of this Bible Study arises from the uniqueness of the Bible itself. It is the Christian claim that the perspective which is set forth in the Bible has been provided by God . . .

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