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How to Read the Bible

By Steven L. McKenzie

McKenzie argues that to comprehend the Bible we must grasp the intentions of the biblical authors themselves—what sort of texts they thought they were writing and how they would have been understood by their intended audience. In short, we must recognize the genres to which these texts belong. McKenzie examines several genres that are typically misunderstood, offering careful readings of specific texts to show how the confusion arises, and how knowing the genre produces a correct reading.

Published by Oxford University Press, 2005.


Table of Contents

Jonah and Genre
Not Exactly as It Happened: Historiography in the Bible
Forthtelling, Not Foretelling: Biblical Prophecy
Life's Real Questions: Wisdom Literature in the Bible
Not the End of the World as We Know It: Apocalyptic Literature in the Bible
Issues in the Churches: The Letters of the New Testament

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