The subtitle to the book is A Concise Guide for Students. Although I do see how it could help students I would not call it concise! I gave this book 4/5 stars. There was a lot of information in the book about the Bible and ways to study and interpret what you read. There was also helpful information about why we need to study and learn from it. However, there were just too many words! There were sentences that could have been shortened to maybe ten words instead of twenty! Overall it had helpful information in it but was just too long and wordy for me.
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Review 2 for What Christians Believe about the Bible: A Concise Guide for Students - eBook
"If people want to become better students of the Bible, they need to learn more about its history. The Bible did not fall from Heaven in its final form; it expanded and developed over hundreds of years." pg 37
I had the wonderful pleasure of not only working for Azusa Pacific University, but also being able to take all of my Greek classes from one of the authors of this book, Keith H. Reeves is professor of New Testament and early Christian literature in the school of theology at APU. Dr. Reeves is also the author of The Resurrection Narrative in Matthew: A Literary Critical Examination and numerous articles.
Don Thorsen is professor of theology, chair of the department of theology and ethics, and chair of advanced studies in the Haggard Graduate School of Theology at APU. Dr. Thorson's previous books include The Wesleyan Quadrilateral and An Exploration of Christian Theology.
This book covers a lot of what we call "doctrine." Both the authors have done a wonderful job providing a solid text on the Bible's nature and I also think readers will walk away with a better understanding of the Bible's rich history.
The book is broken down into 4 parts, an introduction, how the bible should be interpreted, theology and a conclusion. Part three will be especially interesting to most readers as it gives a solid foundation for the Bible's religious authority, the inspiration behind the Bible, and views on the Bible's infallibly.
As soon as I got this book, my Dad and I skimmed its pages and read things that we found especially interesting. I think this book will serve as a useful textbook in schools, and in helping to answer questions that arise but are not always treated in today's churches.
Thank you to Baker Academic for providing this book and for the opportunity for me to express my opinion.