THE MEANING OF THE BIBLE
by Douglas A. Knight and Amy-Jill Levine
Harper One, 2011
Knight and Levine provide both a historical and a theological contextualization that, when read along with the text of the Bible itself, connects one to what is most beautiful and most problematic in the holy writings. Sensitive to translating for secularists the issues that have befuddled traditionalists, Knight and Levine provide the more sophisticated reader with a better sense of the latest thinking in biblical studies. Now what we need is a spiritual commentary that highlights the ways in which the Bible might provide people in the United States with the spiritual direction they are seeking.
For another book on this topic, see Reclaiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World, by John Shelby Spong.
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