Helps people read the Bible as a whole; and even when the whole is narrowed to whole books, helps readers to see how each book fits into the grand Story of the Bible.
In their first book, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, Fee and Stuart helped readers understand the literary dimensions of the Bible. They taught readers techniques for interpreting Scripture while maintaining faithfulness to literary genres.
Now, in How to Read the Bible Book by Book, the authors instruct people in how to read the Bible as a whole. They examine the "whole" Bible, then narrow it down to "whole" books, so readers will understand how each individual book fits into the complete story of the Bible.
This is a true "readers guide", in which the authors take readers by the hand, point out what they are reading, and show them how all the parts fit together into a wonderful and magnificent whole.
ORIENTING DATA FOR GENESIS
-Content (brief synopsis)
-Historical Coverage (estimation of time the events take place)
-Emphases (short list)
OVERVIEW OF GENESIS (few paragraphs to summarize material)
SPECIFIC ADVICE FOR READING GENESIS (a page or two of advice)
A WALK THROUGH GENESIS (divides the book into sections and gives short commentary on each section)
The chapters end with a brief concluding paragraph which reiterates the books role in the whole of the Bible. This book is extremely accessible for the layperson wanting a guide to reading the Scriptures. All too often verses and passages are used apart from their biblical story and this guide is a wonderful reminder of those dangers as well as a helpful tool in changing our perspective. Of course it is helpful if you have read How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by these authors, but it is not necessary. I have a degree in biblical studies from Messiah College and whenever I am about to jump into a new book for personal Bible study, I find myself consulting How to Read the Bible Book by Book as a starting place.