How to Read the Bible “Literally” (Download)

How to Read the Bible “Literally” (Download)


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From the popular culture’s perspective, reading the Bible “literally” is something that only naïve, uneducated Christians do because they lack awareness of current scientific interpretations of our world, or cannot accept 21st-century social sensibilities. However, this aspersion itself lacks understanding of what it means to read the Bible – or any other work – literally.

This guide will not only clarify what it means to read the Bible literally, but will also lead you through examples of biblical passages that have been misread (some famously) and explain what has gone wrong with the interpretation. You will learn five tools for how to read the Bible accurately, including understanding how to recognize figures of speech, how to be aware of context, and how doctrinal considerations apply.

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SKU K756-4
Manufacturer New Leaf Press
Weight (in lbs) 0.00
Title How to Read the Bible “Literally” (Download)
Contributors Bill Foster
Publisher New Leaf Publishing Group, LLC

How to Read the Bible Literally was created to help teach and uplift. It uses educational visuals to help readers better understand the Bible’s message. Even better, it encourages people to pick up the Bible and read it for themselves.

  • Provides a coherent, big-picture view of the Bible’s message
  • Focuses on key concepts, figures, and moments from the Bible
  • Captivates readers with striking, imaginative visuals

How to Read the Bible Literally demonstrates how reading the Bible literally is the only way to truly understand its message and introduces readers to 5 key questions they can apply to any Bible passage.

wonderfully growing
Review by Kari
This is a wonderful addition to our collection of books to help our kids to understand God's word. This book has my kids asking lots of questions as they read the bible, they love that they now know that they are to take the work of God as it is written.
A great resource, easy to understand!
Review by Ivonne
After reading this book, I know i have found a way to explain to my kids how to read and understand the Bible.
Great Guide
Review by JW
This is a good guide to reading your Bible. It helps with understanding figures of speech. I really liked the section on questions to ask while reading your Bible. It helps to know how to study while reading. I would recommend this book to anyone questioning how to take the bible literal while at the same time realizing there are figures of speech in it.
Awesome Resource
Review by Tabitha D
I have been working on reading the Bible from cover to cover. My tween daughter recently asked me “ How do you understand it all? I just don’t understand how to read it and understand it.’ Well, I have read through this and It is wonderful! I cannot wait to use this with her this semester as part of her schooling. It is laid out so well and so simply I know that this will resonate with her. It is also helping me with my studies as well. So thankful for this book.
Very Helpful
Review by Karen F
This book was a great read. I liked how it started out describing the Bible like a city with 5 boroughs: Law, history, poetry/wisdom, prophesy and letters. I feel it is so important to look at the bible with knowledge of literature types, each one with its own purpose. Another great part was where it shows how important contexts is. I had a pastor that always gave context before digging into a message. Knowing who, when, where and to whom something is written to is so important when looking for the meaning of a passage. This book was so helpful, gave many examples and diagrams. It really helped clear up a few things when discussing the Bible with an unbeliever as they can sometimes pre-judge the Bible as outdated or irrelevant. Full of great information!
Powerful read on how to READ your BIBLE
Review by Christina
How do you read your Bible?
Many different people have different ideas as to what different passages mean. Bill Foster digs in and encourages you to read "Literally" which means "as the author intended".
Complete with diagrams and well written explanations, this book goes into detail on how we can read the Bible. Asking ourselves 5 key questions we can find the meaning God (the author) intended that would be universal for all time and see how we can apply it to our lives today.
A great book to help you dig deep into your Bible and understand passage that may otherwise seem difficult to grasp.
An encouragement to know how to read and understand the Bible for yourself
Review by Holly
A good guide for reading and understanding the Bible. The importance of reading in context and the different areas of the Bible. Law, History, Poetry , etc. Good for those unfamiliar with the Bible as well as those who have grown up with it. An encouragement to know how to read and understand the Word for yourself. Don't just believe what you hear, find out if it lines up with the Word of God.
Easy and quick
Review by My care not daycare
This book is short and easy to read. It would make a very good bible study for a small group or family who want to learn how to properly approach the Bible literally. This is something lacking seriously in the church and this is a very very helpful book!

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