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Download Reading the Good Book Well: A Guide to Biblical Interpretation epub

by Jerry Camery-Hoggatt

A delightful and engaging entré into understanding how to read and interpret the Bible
Download Reading the Good Book Well: A Guide to Biblical Interpretation epub
ISBN: 0687642752
ISBN13: 978-0687642755
Category: Bibles
Subcategory: Bible Study & Reference
Author: Jerry Camery-Hoggatt
Language: English
Publisher: Abingdon Press (September 1, 2007)
Pages: 240 pages
ePUB size: 1944 kb
FB2 size: 1283 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 663
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This is a great read! The author gets across some tricky theology with humor and grace.
Swift Summer
This is the first book I have ever read that made me want to read and understand the Bible for what it really is: an epic story that deserves to be understood in its own context as well as our own present day. This book is easy to read and I fully appreciate Camery-Hoggatt's spunky sense of humor all throughout the text.
The book is very informative and easy to read, but the author periodically takes cheap shots at some religions, and this soured it for me.
I received "Reading the Good Book Well" by accident. Camery-Hoggatt's writing style grip's the reader from the beginning. As a Hebrew it was refreshing to read a book of wit, scholarship, references, and open thought. He artfully explains the science of translation and interpretation. Even helps the reader to understand how personal bias can enter the scientific or translation/interpretation process. Yes, science is not faultless! History is replete with science's ignorance, trial, and error. As in sports, life, translation and science, the human mind never plays at 100%. We are fortunate indeed to have a creative and forgiving spirit to find our way past humanity's and one's individual faults.
First impressions, like C.S. Lewis, Camery-Hoggatt makes the complex simple with clear analogies. He offers numerous opportunities to be intellectually challenged both by logical surprise and thoughtful questions. This is a thought provoking work and leaves the conclusions for the reader to decide. His writing is light hearted and profound in the same moment, thus understandable to first time learners about the complexity and beauty of translating ancient text and a pleasure to scholars recalling the wonders found in every linguistic and cultural experience.
Camery-Hoggatt's personal explanation of the individual's need for the sacred and community, in a non-religious context, contributed to some recent business coaching I used to help my client get their arms around the customer's needs. While this text has direct application to ancient Greek interpretation, it has many broad uses to anyone desiring to understand language challenges, cultures and sub-cultures, and insights to semantic mix-ups in daily conversations.
If your desire is to learn/instruct about the translation process of any text, broaden your understanding of cultural and linguistic differences, develop a deeper appreciation of scholars and their workmanship, or to grasp the marvel of inerrancy in the face of so many variations, this is the book for you. One more benefit is Camery-Hoggatt's writing-teaching style is a lesson to all of us aspiring and professional instructors.
Who would have thought that a book about how to read the Scripture could have so much humor? There was much theological technical jargon (and rightly so), but Camery-Hoggatt made it simple for me to understand - and there was no way I could have read it while drinking hot chocolate. His examples made me burst out in laughter. I feel as though my eyes have been opened for how to read the Bible with more clarity and honesty. I thought I already knew how to do that. Not only did the author awaken a greater enthusiasm in me to read the Bible in the way it was intended, he did so with such warmth. In fact, I feel I know him well enough now to call him Jerry.
This is an excellent book to "see" how we are to have spiritual disciplines in our life so that we might be more like Christ. The analogy of inhaling and exhaling is excellent. In fact we are using this book along with our Bible study to incorporate spiritual maturity in our lives. We all appreciate this approach to inhaling and exhaling the spiritual air we need in order to be follwers of Jesus Christ.
I truly suggest this book for all who are called to the ministry. The author does magnificent job defining terms that are generally used in Biblical Studies. The book is also quite appealing with personal stories that correspond to the ministry.