What Is the Bible?

What Is the Bible?

How An Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything

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Rob Bell, the beloved author of Love Wins and What We Talk About When We Talk About God, goes deep into the Bible to show how it is more revelatory, revolutionary, and relevant than we ever imagined--and offers a cogent argument for why we need to look at it in a fresh, new way.

In Love Wins, Rob Bell confronted the troubling questions that many people of faith were afraid to ask about heaven, hell, fate, and faith. Using the same inspired, inquisitive approach, he now turns to our most sacred book, the Bible. What Is the Bible? provides insights and answers that make clear why the Bible is so revered and what makes it truly inspiring and essential to our lives.

Rob takes us deep into actual passages to reveal the humanity behind the Scriptures. You cannot get to the holy without going through the human, Rob tells us. When considering a passage, we shouldn't ask "Why did God say . . .'" To get to the heart of the Bible's meaning, we should be asking: "What's the story that's unfolding here and why did people find it important to tell it? What was it that moved them to record these words? What was happening in the world at that time? What does this passage/story/poem/verse/book tell us about how people understood who they were and who God was at that time?" In asking these questions, Rob goes beyond the one-dimensional question of "is it true?" to reveal the Bible's authentic transformative power.

Rob addresses the concerns of all those who see the Bible as God's Word but are troubled by the ethical dilemmas, errors, and inconsistencies in Scripture. With What Is the Bible?, he recaptures the Good Book's magic and reaffirms its power and inspiration to shape and inspire our lives today.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperOne, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062194268
Branch Call Number: 220.61 Bel
Characteristics: ix, 322 pages ; 24 cm

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SnoIsleLib_DarrenN May 27, 2017

In What Is the Bible? Rob Bell once again earns his admirable notoriety as an original and provocative Christian preacher, bringing an ancient holy "library" of sacred texts back to conversational life in a way that will enrich and challenge believers as much as it invites real engagement by outsiders and non-Christians. In an innovative "prose" style that reads as the other side of a discussion with the reader, sometimes in poetic stanzas and strategically crafted white space, Bell draws attention not only to well-known stories and themes but also to fascinating overlooked bits of the Bible (such as a brief passage about King Melchizedek blessing Abram that turns out to be potentially quite meaningful- anyone raised Christian remember that from Sunday School?) and reveals how they truly contribute to the overall narrative arcs of justice for the poor and oppressed, restoration, reconciliation, liberation from bondage, and trust in a redemptive hope for history and humanity. Bell also has an intriguing answer to the question "What about all the barbarity and 'weirdness'"? A thoughtful and inspiring approach, with "agreement" with the author being so beside the point, What Is the Bible is just the kind of mind-expanding reading experience that a book with a point of view should be.

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