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The Word in Place: Reading the New Testament in Contemporary Contexts
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The Word in Place: Reading the New Testament in Contemporary Contexts


SPCK 2009

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Louise Lawrence introduces you to contextual Bible reading, which explores the question “what does the Bible mean to you in your context?”

She provides a practical resource that will enable you to initiate such readings within your own context. Examples of readings from a range of contexts are given, including reading with a group from an urban regeneration area, reading with a rural village, reading with priests and reading with deaf people. Tips and resources for running your own contextual Bible reading are also given enabling you, and your community, to read the Bible in a new light.

With the Logos edition, all Scripture passages in The Word in Place are tagged, appear on mouseover, and link to your favorite Bible translation in your library. With Logos’ advanced features you can utilize powerful searches by topic or Scripture reference, providing an even greater means of understanding context.

Key Features

  • Teaches interpretive reading skills to apply Scripture to your life
  • Includes tools to work contextual reading into your Bible study


  • Introduction
  • Part I: People, Places and Stories
  • Part II: Reading the New Testament in Contemporary Contexts
  • Part III: The Word in Place: Prospects and Possibilities
  • Further Resources for Contextual Bible Studies on Place
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Illustrations

Praise for the Print Edition

In offering fresh ways of reading, understanding, exploring and responding to the different situations in which faith has to be lived today, Louise also offers a much needed theological underpinning and investigation of emerging expressions of church life alongside that which is more familiar and better known.

—from the Forward by Rt. Rev. Michael Langrish, bishop, Exeter Diocese

Product Details

  • Title: The Word in Place: Reading the New Testament in Contemporary Contexts
  • Author: Louise J. Lawrence
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 192

About Louise J. Lawrence

Dr. Louise J. Lawrence is a professor of theology and religion at the University of Exeter in England. In 2013, she completed a five year British Academy-funded project examining sensory-disability in the New Testament. Before arriving at Exeter, Lawrence taught New Testament studies at the University of St. Andrews and the University of Glasgow for six years.

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