Irmgarde Brown's Reviews > How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How An Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers—and Why That's Great News
How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How An Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers—and Why That's Great News
Irmgarde Brown's review
Jul 17, 2021
I actually listened to this book and probably need to listen again. The first time was about 5 years ago, just as I was really questioning everything. But I found this author totally plausible and that his "reveals" about the New Testament were long overdue for lay men and women, like me. I almost felt angry that seminary graduates probably knew these things, the inconsistencies in the Old Testament, particularly in the histories. I actually believed they were "history" for most of my Christian life. Instead, I see now, that it makes more sense to understand that the rabbis and teachers throughout history "studied" these histories for a reason: there was much to grapple with and understand and apply to the day. And this is the point. We are all asked to bring the Word into our current time, not through literal words, but to the essence of the story, the circumstances, the characters. I look forward to revisiting this book in the near future.
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2018 – Finished Reading
July 17, 2021 – Shelved