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Read the Bible for a Change: A Follower's Guide to Reading and Responding to the Bible [Paperback]

By Ray Lubeck (Author)
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Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.69"
Weight:   1.03 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 31, 2006
ISBN  1932805362  
EAN  9781932805369  

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Which Bible passages are for us today and which only apply to the first ancient readers? Can we just pick and choose the verses we think fit our situation? Who gets to decide? In "Read the Bible for a Change", Dr. Ray Lubeck helps readers correctly understand and apply the Bible to their lives. If you are serious about your relationship with God and committed to understanding His Word, this book is for you. Dr. Lubeck has devoted his life to helping people bring God's truth to their everyday life. He will show you how to: -Read each passage in its historical and biblical context -Factor in the literary style -Uncover the meaning of a text -Hear God speak through the Bible's human authors -Identify the life-changing truths that apply to life today -Bring pleasure to God by obeying His Word Bible interpretation is serious business. Jesus' death at the hands of the religious leaders was caused, in part, by their mistaken approach to applying Scripture. Since then, other well-intentioned Bible readers have misrepresented the teachings of the Bible with disastrous results. "Read the Bible for a Change" will help you avoid the pitfalls and discover the truths that will transform your life. As professor of Bible and Theology at Multnomah Bible College, Dr. Lubeck knows what it takes to hold the interest of students of the Bible. He uses illustrations, charts, stories, and everyday examples to make learning both fun and fascinating.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Ray Lubeck is Professor of Bible and Theology at Multnomah Bible College in Multnomah, Oregon. With a BS from Multnomah Bible College, an MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, a ThD from the University of South Africa, and post-graduate studies at Jerusalem University College, Dr. Lubeck is considered by many to be an expert in Bible interpretation and application to contemporary culture. A respected member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature, he also serves as director of World Seen, a ministry that analyzes cultural trends.

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superb book  Sep 23, 2007
this book is an invaluable guide to getting more out of the bible by understanding it better. it is well written and accessible to everyone, "read the bible for a change" is a joy to read. Ray Lubeck uses analogy's and examples from his own life and others that everyone can understand and enjoy.
Good book, be ready for a challenge  Jun 27, 2007
This is a very good book. It is clear and concise with its message of, key ways to read the Bible and get more out of it. It does not say to follow steps, but do research. It has made me more aware of the writing styles of the author, their personalities, intended audience, time & geographical location. I really recommend this book for someone who wants good read, to get a lot out of.
An Excellent Introduction to Biblical Interpretation  Jan 14, 2006
As a student of Multnomah (currently in one of Dr. Lubeck's Bible study courses) I must admit I am somewhat partial to him. That being said, this is an excellent book that stands on its own as an introductory guide to methods of Biblical interpretation.

Perhaps one of the strongest points of the book is its heavy involvement with concrete examples of application to the principles outlined in the chapters, something which other books on hermeneutics often leave to the abstract. Further, Lubeck is truly a BIBLICAL scholar, who, while not afraid to interact with other theories, is quite tenacious to never leave the reader without ample scripture to chew on as a basis of his thought. This is seems to be the obverse of many current trends of hermenuetic, which simply assume socio-critical or philosophical systems of inquiry (structuralism, post-structuralism, deconstructionism, feminism, reconstructionism, anglo-american post-modernity, all the forms of existential hermeneutics...) and seem to build their christian framework with a decidedly secular foundation.

This is not to say, of course, that all post-modern and/or modern theories need be rejected, for their are many useful ideas and theories that can be conversed with and adapted (rather than simply adopted) to aid in the understanding of the bible. This is one area that I found wanting in Dr. Lubecks book (though this deficit is not Dr. Lubecks fault, as this book was never inteded as a philosophical conversation with dominant post-modern themes) especially because I know Dr. Lubeck is very knowledgable on the topic. That said however, Dr. Lubeck does interact with several notables including Lindbeck, MacIntyre, Fish, and some of my favorite theologians in the area of hermenuetics Grant Osborn (author of the Hermeneutical Spiral) and Kevin Vanhoozer (most recently the author of The Drama of Doctrine)

Also, I was somewhat dissapointed that (being a Greek Major)that there were little to no references to the original languages. While I understand that this is an introductory text, which Dr. Lubeck was making accessible to everyone, I feel that their could have been some emphasis on fallacies or incorrect utilization of lexicons (for those unfamiliar with the languages) e.g. Barr's illigitmate totality transfer (the idea that all the various definitions of a word could be present in one instantiation) or, perhaps more commonly amongst evangelical circles, the root fallacy where we are led to beleive that the etymology of a word will give us the definition simply by "adding up" every combination of prefix or suffix (for example, the word ekballw means "to cast out," which is simple to deduce because it is a combo of "ek" which means "out," and the verb "ballw," which means "I Throw," but the word ekballw can also mean "to set down," which cannot be inferred from its two components, but must be understood in itself) But again, this book was simply not meant for that type of analyses.

Overall this is an excellent introduction to biblical interpetation, and I highly recommend it to anyone seeking for clarity in a subject so often dominated by ambiguous shibboleths and often-impenetrable academic references to authors names without elaborating on their thought.
provoking, groundbreaking book that demands a response  Dec 22, 2005
I am a lab instructor for Ray at Multnomah and can testify that the concepts contained in this book are fascinating and life changing. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the Bible.
A Student  Dec 15, 2005
I have heard Dr. Lubeck speak and have leaned under him in many classes. I have used his Bible study methods notes for years and have shared them with others. This book is a collection of all those notes and more! His approach WORKS! It is a very helpful guide to read what is there and not get wrapped up in theological arguments. He gives tools in how to read the Bible in the structure it was written. It is refreshing to read a book that acually gives tools in reading the Bible and we don't have to be a scholar to figure out what the author was trying to say. The Bible was intended to be read and Dr. Lubeck helps the reader find the meaning of the text. I recommond this book to anyone who is serious about Bible study. To anyone who wants to teach the Bible. Or to anyone who want to just grow in the Word of God. This is a great Book!

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