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How to Read the Bible: History, Prophecy, Literature—Why Modern Readers Need to Know the Difference, and What It Means for Faith Today

Steven L. McKenzie


More people read the Bible than any other book. Indeed, many try to live their lives according to its words. The question is, do they understand what they're reading? As this book shows, quite often the answer is, “No.” This book argues that to comprehend the Bible we must grasp the intentions of the biblical authors themselves—what sort of texts they thought they were writing and how they would have been understood by their intended audience. In short, we must recognize the genres to which these texts belong. The book examines several genres that are typically misunderstood, offering careful ... More

Keywords: Bible, biblical authors, Jonah, satire, allegories, Adam, Eve, Second Coming, apocalyptic texts, Book of Revelation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195161496
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161496.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven L. McKenzie, author
Rhodes College, TN