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The Bible Makes Sense

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  87 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
The Bible Makes Senseis a unique how-to book about the Bible. Brueggemann proposes that Christians should approach the Bible not as a collection of ancient documents, but as our partner in an ongoing dialogue about our life here and now. This book explains how to enter into this dialogue, how to listen, and how to respond. More than simply introducing you to major themes, ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published June 2nd 2003 by Franciscan Media (first published October 1st 1978)
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Josh Meares
This book is ... okay. It has a few good insights, and Brueggemann is a powerful author. But he has an unhealthy tendency to write sentences filled with beautiful images that makes his meaning and, more importantly, its implications unclear.

For example, "Reconciliation is to give such people back their empowered personhood so that they may be fully engaged in the historical process." - What does it mean? Does it mean that we can take away people's personhood ... or just their empowerment? Does
Jan 20, 2010 J.D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very appropriate and important book for me to be reading at this point. I have recently gotten into theology quite a bit more(at least on a more scholarly level) but have found myself without resources in helping me understand some of the basics. I had read some larger works and my comprehension was sufficient enough to make it worthwhile, but not quite enough for full understanding.

Along comes this book, though, and it has furthered the idea that I study and read the Bible with diff
Dec 26, 2008 Peter rated it liked it
The Bible Makes Sense

Walter Brueggemann
Westminster John Knoxx Press
ISBN 0-664-22495-4

“Well of course it does!”, or perhaps you don't agree? This is really a Bible Study work book, but we have it as an assigned text and have been loaned a copy. Each chapter is followed by a series of questions that can be used for reflection or discussion, then some Bible passages for meditation. Following this there is some summary text. The book starts with a fresh perspective which sets the Christian faith aga
Sep 19, 2013 Sean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book for individual reflection and a starting point for group discussion. This book helps students of the Bible, whether they are reading It for faith based reasons or academic reasons, put difficult passages into the overall context of the story of the Bible. A really good conversation starter and a certainly worthwhile quick read.
Jul 28, 2008 Marjorie rated it liked it
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A short and compelling book presenting an approach to understanding the themes of the Bible, by focusing on its "primal narratives" -- the oldest and most central stories of each testament -- and understanding other parts of the Bible as commentaries on those narratives.
Aug 21, 2011 Kelley rated it it was amazing
This a definite resource for Amahoro Gathering(s) this May! Some great commentary on resurrection, too. No one writes as poetically and prophetically on the text as Walter!
Lee Bertsch
Oct 15, 2015 Lee Bertsch rated it really liked it
No Bible reader looks at the whole of the text in a completely horizontal way. We give prominence to certain texts and interpret other parts of scripture by the light of those we deem more significant. Not everyone however is self-aware in so doing. Brueggemann writes in his usual erudite but accessible way and is very clear about the way he frames the whole of scripture. I found the chapter called “Making Sense as an Insider” to be the most stimulating. In his view we begin with the primal ...more
Amos Smith
Sep 22, 2015 Amos Smith rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite book of Brueggemann. This is a thin accessible volume that helps us wrap our minds around the Bible and to perceive its perennial themes. Brueggemann writes this book, not for the academic, but for the average Joe who wants to make sense of the Bible.
-Amos Smith (author of Healing The Divide: Recovering Christianity's Mystic Roots)
Terri Milstead
Apr 09, 2014 Terri Milstead rated it it was ok
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Required reading for school. Honestly can't say that I got much out of it. I didn't get the impression that the teacher was having us read it for any reason other than the school requires it to be required reading. May update my thoughts after we discuss this in class, but for now...
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Some great insights, per usual with Brueggemann
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Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is the world's leading interpreter of the Old Testament and is the author of numerous books, including Westminster John Knox Press best sellers such as Genesis and First and Second Samuel in the Interpretation series, An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christ ...more
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