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Making Sense of the Bible: Literary Type as an Approach to Understanding
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Making Sense of the Bible: Literary Type as an Approach to Understanding


Eerdmans 2002

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No book in the Western world has evoked more diverse interpretations than the Bible. One reason for this multiplicity of interpretation is the vast historical gap lying between the writing of the Scriptures and our own time. Can ordinary people today really make sense of this body of ancient literature? In Making Sense of the Bible, Marshall Johnson gives readers the tools needed to better understand Scripture by teaching them to recognize and handle the diverse kinds of literature that make up the Bible. Focusing on the eight major literary forms in the Bible—wisdom literature, liturgical materials, quasi-historical material, prophetic writings, collections of laws and precepts, apocalyptic literature, letters, and Gospels—Johnson describes each form’s central features and gives readers a sense of what to expect from each one and how to approach it. In addition, helpful appendixes discuss the forms of ancient Hebrew poetry, highlight the major literary types in biblical books, and provide suggestions for further reading.

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For more works on Scripture, check out the Eerdmans Biblical Interpretation Collection (13 vols.)

Product Details

  • Title: Making Sense of the Bible: Literary Type as an Approach to Understanding
  • Author: Marshall D. Johnson
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 171
  • Resource Type: Monographs

About Marshall D. Johnson

Marshall D. Johnson, former director of Fortress Press, was involved in teaching and publishing in the area of biblical studies for several decades. He had a doctorate in biblical studies from Union Seminary, New York, and was a Fulbright lecturer and researcher at the University of Bergen, Norway. He is also the author of The Purpose of the Biblical Genealogies.