cover image How to Read the Bible

How to Read the Bible

Harvey Cox. HarperOne, $26.99 (272p) ISBN 978-0-06-234315-4

When a highly respected scholar and writer such as Cox (The Future of Faith) writes a simply titled book about a complicated text, readers can justifiably wonder how practical and understandable such a work will be. Scholars and students alike will be gratified by this pragmatic but profoundly insightful volume. Beginning with a masterful exposition of the composition of the Pentateuch, and finishing with a careful look at the historical and theological underpinnings of Revelation, Cox lays out a road map for reading and understanding the Bible and exploring its spiritual nature without compromising its literary and historical complexity. Throughout this fine work, the author offers “Study Tips” to guide the reader to a deeper understanding of Scripture; they will facilitate use of the book in study groups. The Bible is a complex, textured volume that can amaze and inspire, but also confuse and perplex. Cox has given readers a great gift—a clear path toward a fuller and richer appreciation for the sacred text. (Apr.)