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How We Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture’s Style and Meaning

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Overview

The Bible is interpreted in a variety of ways and through a myriad of lenses. But how we interpret Scripture depends first of all on how we read it. This handbook focuses on the process of reading itself, taking a cognitive-stylistic approach grounded in recent research on language and the mind.

Through accessible explanations of twelve key stylistic elements, How We Read the Bible provides all who study Scripture with the tools to understand what happens when we read and draw meaning from biblical texts. Rather than problematizing the divide between authors from the ancient world and a modern-day audience, Karolien Vermeulen and Elizabeth Hayes bridge the gap by exploring the interaction between the cues of the text and the context of the reader. With numerous examples from the Old and New Testaments and helpful suggestions for further study, How We Read the Bible can be used within any framework of biblical study—historical, theological, literary, and others—as a pathway to meeting Scripture on its own terms.

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  • Focuses on the process of reading itself
  • Features a cognitive-stylistic approach grounded in recent research on language and the mind
  • Provides all who study Scripture with the tools to understand what happens when we read and draw meaning from biblical texts

Part One: The Bits and Pieces of Reading

  • Words in Context
  • Building Categories: The Use of Prototypes
  • Attention and Focus: Playing with Figure and Ground
  • Perspective and Pointing the Way: Deixis
  • Grammar and Cognitive Grammar

Part Two: Mapping Corresponding Dots

  • What Comes Next: The Predictability of Schemas and Scripts
  • How We See the Text: Mental Spaces and Blends
  • Connecting the Unrelated: The Ubiquity of Metaphor
  • Connecting the Related: The Power of Metonymy

Part Three: The Process of Reading a Text

  • Reading in Context: The Role of Discourse Worlds
  • Reading as Imagining Different Worlds: The Meaning of Possible Worlds
  • Reading as Process: Building Text Worlds
  • Title: How We Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture’s Style and Meaning
  • Authors: Karolien Vermeulen, Elizabeth R. Hayes
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2022
  • Logos Release Date: 2022
  • Pages: 198
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Reader Edition
  • Subjects: Bible › Criticism, interpretation, etc; Bible › Language, style; Bible › Hermeneutics
  • ISBN: 9780802878090
  • Resource ID: LLS:HWWRDSCSTYLMNNG
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-05-17T23:53:51Z

In the Logos Reader Edition, this volume is enhanced to best fit the content. Scripture references are hand-tagged to integrate with powerful functionality in Logos Bible Software. Page milestones and internal citation tagging provide accurate points of reference. Search important words across resources to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive tools for reading digital content are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

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