How To Read the Bible as Literature
And get more out of it
If you want to rightly understand the Bible, you must begin by recognizing this about it: this is more than one book, and more than one type of book! It’s a multi-volume collection, with a wide range of literary styles within. It is meant to be read, not just interpreted. The Bible’s truths are embedded like jewels in the rich strata of story and poetry, metaphor and proverb, parable and letter, satire and symbolism. Paying attention to the literary form of a passage will help you understand the meaning and truth of that passage.
How to Read the Bible as Literature takes you through the various literary forms used by the biblical authors. This book will help you read the Bible with renewed appreciation and excitement and gain a more profound grasp of its truths.
- Is the Bible Literature?
- The Stories of the Bible
- Types of Biblical Stories
- The Poetry of the Bible
- Types of Biblical Poetry
- The Proverb as a Literary Form
- The Gospels
- The Epistles
- Visionary Literature
- The Literary Unity of the Bible
Appendix: The Allegorical Nature of the Parables
Also includes these features:
- Sidebar captions to enhance organization
- Wide margins ideal for note taking
- Suggestions for further reading
- Indexes of persons and subjects
About the Author
Leland Ryken (PhD, University of Oregon) is Professor of English at Wheaton College. He has authored or edited several books, including The Word of God in English, The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, and The Complete Literary Guide to the Bible. He is a frequent speaker at the Evangelical Theological Society and served as literary stylist for The Holy Bible, English Standard Version.