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Abusing Scripture: The Consequences of Misreading the Bible
Brauch, Manfred T.

Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009 pp. 293. $18.00



Description: Virtually all Christians recognize the centrality of the Bible to their faith. Yet many Christians misquote and misapply Scripture regularly. Often those who are most passionate about the authority of the Bible are at the greatest loss when it comes to understanding its message clearly and applying it faithfully. Professor Manfred Brauch believes this kind of mistaken interpretation and application of Scripture is a detriment to the integrity of our Christian witness and contributes to profound misunderstandings in Christian belief and practice. In this practical book written with the non-academic in mind, Brauch identifies and corrects a number of basic errors in the use of the Bible that interpret and apply biblical texts in ways that distort their meaning and message. Chapters explore issues of context, genre, consistency, author intent and other important considerations with an eye toward addressing not just the act of interpretation, but also the attitudes behind the ways we choose to apply Scripture. Whether you lead a Bible study or small group, are a pastor or Sunday school teacher, or are just an everyday Christian who wants to understand how to interpret God's Word well and recognize good interpretation (or the lack therof) when you encounter it, this important book will be an invaluable guide.

Subjects: Methods, Literary Approaches, Hermeneutics

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Review by Michael D. Matlock
Published 3/20/2010
Citation: Michael D. Matlock, review of Manfred T. Brauch, Abusing Scripture: The Consequences of Misreading the Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


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