Get The Most From Your Bible

In verbal conversations you can ask others for clarification and elaboration so you can be sure you understand what they're trying to communicate. Books are more difficult to interpret. You can go only by what the author has committed to print. The Bible demands your full interpretive energies if you are to get the meaning just right.

When you read the Bible you are in a dialogue with a wide variety of human authors, but more important, with God. It is important to understand God's full intention.

How to get the real meaning:

 

 

From Reading the Bible with Heart & Mind by Tremper Longman III, copyright (c) 1997. Used by permission of NavPress, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1-800-366-7788. This book can be purchased online at www.navpress.com.

Dr. Tremper Longman III is professor of Old Testament at Westmont College. For the past seventeen years, he has been professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is the author and co-author of several books, including Bold Love, Cry of the Soul, and Intimate Allies (with psychologist Dan Allender). He and his wife, Alice, live near Philadelphia with their three sons.

 

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