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The Bible is for Living: A Scholar's Spiritual Journey
King, Philip J.

Washington, D.C.: Biblical Archaeology Society, 2008 pp. 199. $24.95


Description: One of the most eminent Bible scholars of our times caps his career with this personal look at what the Bible means to us today, both as individuals and as a society. King draws on his tremendous learning to bring the Bible to life, to make us aware of what it really says—and does not say—and to make us aware of the power of the Biblical text when approached with open eyes. “The Bible is not a dead letter, but a living Word; to fulfill that definition, the Word must be lived,” King writes. “The Bible is replete with lived experiences, not abstract generalizations; the conceptual world of the Bible is concrete, not abstract. The Bible is not the ‘golden rule’; sinners are everywhere in evidence.” King is the only person ever to head all three major academic organizations relating to the Bible—the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Schools of Oriental Research and the Catholic Biblical Association. With The Bible Is for Living, he shares with us his wealth of Biblical insights.

Subjects: Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology

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Review by Jeffrey L. Staley
Published 9/4/2011
Citation: Jeffrey L. Staley, review of Philip J. King, The Bible is for Living: A Scholar's Spiritual Journey, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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