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How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How An Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Book Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers Hardcover – 22 Mar 2019


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"Inviting, accessible, lively, provocative and best of all, highly educational, Peter Enns new book will clear up many misunderstandings you have about the most important book in the world and, in the process, move you closer to the book's ultimate focus: God."--James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage and The Jesuit Guide

"This book is an oasis of insight in a desert of deconstruction. I learned more from the introduction here than most books. Pete Enns shows us what to do after we give up on the Bible, and how this ancient, ambiguous, and diverse book remains uniquely useful to modern people."--Mike McHargue, co-founder of The Liturgists and host of Ask Science Mike

"Seldom will you encounter such a fine combination of historical scholarship, interesting reading, and clever humor in one Biblical study. And then filled with faith and hope besides! Peter Enns does it again!"--Fr.Richard Rohr, author of Falling Upward

"Brilliant, wise, sarcastic, and disarmingly profound. If you've ever found yourself frustrated with the bible, wondering not only what it is but what it's for and how to read it, let alone why bother, then allow me to introduce you to one of my favorite bible teachers."--Sarah Bessey, author of Out of Sorts and Jesus Feminist

"A rare combination: sophisticated and accessible, serious and witty, provocative and precise. It's also an honest book, giving voice to sincere questions and doubts. An important contribution to the conversation about how to faithfully interpret Scripture."--Peter Wehner, Contributing Opinion Writer, New York Times; senior fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center; former senior White House adviser

"Using wisdom as his touchstone informs and enlivens Enns' exploration. . . . Though his subject matter is serious, his writing is sprightly and cheerfully enlivened by his occasional snark and sarcasm. The book will find a general readership intrigued by the insight and, yes, the wisdom he offers."--Booklist

"Enns challenges Christians to reconsider the true purpose of the Bible. Far from diminishing the value of the Bible, these variations make readers reflect on their own situations and reconsider connections. Approachable and well-reasoned, Enns's book will find an audience with Christians seeking a broader understanding of Scripture."--Publishers Weekly

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Peter Enns is Abram S. Clemens Professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He has taught courses at several other institutions, including Harvard University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary. Enns is a frequent contributor to journals and encyclopedias and is the author of several books, including Inspiration and Incarnation and The Evolution of Adam. His popular blog The Bible for Normal People can be found at www.peteenns.com.

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