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Invitation to the Bible


SPCK 1997

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Invitation to the Bible offers an up-to-date theological approach to reading the Bible, looking at ways in which we can make it part of our Christian life. This practical and accessible book places biblical interpretation in the context of the church, as part of the tradition which nourishes the community of believers. It also puts the latest scholarship about the Bible at the service of living Christian faith. The book does not assume any background knowledge of the Bible and deals with it in the context of faith.

Stephen Barton illustrates how the Bible can be used within the context of the worship and witness of the Church. There are case studies and readings of particular Bible passages as well as a look at how to approach scripture.

Praise for the Print Edition

This fresh, attractively-written book will not please either the fundamentalists or the Bible-shredders. But it will greatly appeal to thoughtful people keen to understand what Scripture is for and how we should approach it. It is highly intelligent and calculated to build up mature Christian faith.

—Michael Green

Stephen Barton illustrates how the Bible can be used today within the context of the worship and witness of the church. Readers will find his various case studies – his readings of particular biblical passages – especially illuminating.

—John Rogerson

Product Details

  • Title: Invitation to the Bible
  • Author: Stephen Barton
  • Series: Invitation to the Bible Collection
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 166

About Dr. Stephen Barton

Dr. Stephen Barton is Reader in New Testament, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, UK. He is the author of The Family in Theological Perspective, and editor of Idolatry: False Worship in the Bible, Early Judaism and Christianity and The Cambridge Companion to the Gospels.

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