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The Word of God for the People of God: An Entryway to the Theological Interpretation of Scripture

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This book fills a real need for pastors and students. Though there is currently a large body of material on the theological interpretation of Scripture, most of it is highly specific and extremely technical. J. Todd Billings here provides a straightforward entryway for students and pastors to understand why theological interpretation matters and how it can be done. / A sol ...more
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Published January 4th 2010 by Eerdmans
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Garrick Bailey
Aug 17, 2014 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book. I agree with Billings' over all goal to get us to read Scripture for the purpose of formation, not merely information. What this book lacks, in my opinion, is clarity and conciseness. He just leaves things muddy and in the clouds at points. I also don't love his view of Scripture as instrument, but I could get past those things if he would have helped me have a crystal clear picture of what he was saying. Oh well, a quick and fun read on my journey to read Scri ...more
Frances
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a book on interpreting the Holy Scripture in terms of being a person who seeks to allow the Scripture to change us as we recognize the Word of God (Jesus) by the power of the Holy Spirit thus understanding the triune nature of God. He urges us to see ourselves as children of God.
Marylou
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The book is deep but engaging and worth the effort. It presents a Trinitarian Bible theology that highlights the role of the Holy Spirit in explaining Christ to the glory of God (my phrasing not the authors).
Jack Hayne
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Paradigm shifting for me. Maybe everything can’t be as neat as we want it. Folding our exegesis into a larger framework shaped by spiritual disciple and a Rule of faith.
Will
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: academic
Excellent: meaty, accessible, and inspiring.
Randell Toews
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
"One should read the Bible together with the saints that have come before" (p. 155)... (?)
Anthony Rodriguez
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
I really, really like Todd Billings. I think this is great work.
Giovanni Generoso
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Billings thinks that, when it comes to reading the Bible, becoming followers of Jesus in daily life is more important than studying the Bible's original meaning in its ancient context. He calls out a lot of the ways in which the Enlightenment methods have infiltrated the church's approach to reading Scripture. What we need is to return to a more or less premodern interpretation of Scripture in which we read the Bible as God's love letters to us, speaking to us again today, right now, as we are c ...more
Радостин Марчев
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Това е поредната книга от категорията "богословско тълкуване," която чета тази година. Едно от нещата, които продължават да ме озадачават е защо всички те са написани толкова сложно. Мисля, че понятието като цяло ми е ясно и като цяло не е толкова трудно за обяснение. Въпреки това всяка книга свързана с "богословската херменевтика," която съм чел досега ми е създавала трудности.
Билингс е автор, който по принцип пише ясно и без излишно усложняване на стила. Това се усеща и в настоящата книга - о
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Zachary Cobb
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
An excellent intro into a theological interpretation of scripture. Most books I have read on this subject are almost entirely writing about others who have advocated for such a practice or are entirely theoretical. Billings' work stands out because he is actually demonstrating the implications and practices of TIS throughout the book. To those who are skeptical of TIS, this book is a good place to observe what TIS looks like in practice. Bravo to Billings for allowing the theoretical aspects to ...more
CCCfaithathome
CCC's pastors used this book to prepare for the 2012 Winter Series: How to Read the Bible. If you are looking for a bit more academic look at the history of interpretation as God's people seek to meet him in the biblical text, then this is a good resource to use.
Rob
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-books
This book is excellent. It's not what I would call a quick read because the author presents ideas that need to be wrestled with and properly understood. But it is worth the effort.
Olga
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An excellent and accessible book detailing the importance of theological interpretation of Scripture and how it can be done.
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J. Todd Billings (ThD, Harvard University Divinity School) is Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America. He is the author of several books, including the Christianity Today Book Award Winner Union with Christ and Calvin, Participation, and the Gift, winner of a 2009 John T ...more

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