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Enjoying the Bible: Literary Approaches to Loving the Scriptures

ISBN: 9781493429400
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Many Christians view the Bible as an instruction manual. While the Bible does provide instruction, it can also captivate, comfort, delight, shock, and inspire. In short, it elicits emotion--just like poetry. By learning to read and love poetry, says literature professor Matthew Mullins, readers can increase their understanding of the biblical text and learn to love God's Word more. Each chapter includes exercises and questions designed to help readers put the book's principles and practices into action.

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  • Explores the connection between poetry and Scripture
  • Examines the affect Scripture can have on readers
  • Includes exercises and questions to help readers put the principles and practices into action
  • Introduction: The Hatred of Poetry and Why It Matters
  • How Reading Literature Became a Quest for Meaning
  • The Bible Is Literature
  • Meaning Is More Than Message
  • Not Anything
  • Reading with Our Guts
  • Delight and Instruction
  • Why We Worship
  • Changing Our Approach
  • How to Read—General Sense
  • How to Read—Central Emotion
  • How to Read—Formal Means
  • A Short Compendium of Forms
  • Conclusion: Negative Capability and Habituation
  • Afterword: Reading Aloud

Matthew Mullins (PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro) is assistant professor of English and history of ideas at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as associate dean for academic advising for the College at Southeastern. Mullins is the author of Postmodernism in Pieces and has written for Los Angeles Review of Books and American Book Review.


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