The Bible is more than a collection of thrilling stories or a library of inspired books. The Bible is one book that tells one great story of how God has reached out from eternity into time to give us a place in His story. As you read the Bible, look for the themes that reflect and propel this story. Like a sparkling diamond, the story of the Bible has many facets. But it is one story!
Today, we still see this problem of “biblical myopia” in our sermons, Bible studies, and even how we converse with each other about the Bible. We teach Bible stories and often tack on little morals. But we fail to explain how all of the pieces fit together in the great flow of holy history. Seldom are believers presented a picture of God’s all-encompassing plan for the ages.
I think there are so many egregious Bible interpretation mistakes because people often open the Bible and treat is like it is something other than what it actually is: the Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, written by human prophets, wherein God reveals Himself and His redemptive plan to His people. What does it look like when we forget what the Bible is? Here are five mistakes that commonly arise.
While the information in the book is beneficial for readers of all academic levels, Bauckham presents his material in a way that a seminary degree is not a prerequisite to picking up the book. This is a delicate line to walk, and Bauckham does it well.
This installment in the New Studies in Biblical Theology series aims at tracing the theme of repentance through the Old and New Testaments. It reflects a project that grew out of earlier work by the author, Mark Boda, who teaches Old Testament at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario.