Shelf Life Book Review: How to Read the Bible in Changing Times

Clifford Kvidahl

How to Read the Bible in Changing Times: Understanding and Applying God’s Word Today
Baker Books, 2011

Trying to understand and apply an ancient text can seem daunting. This guide helps us understand how a book written 2,000 years ago can be relevant to today’s world. Mark Strauss helps us navigate through the difficulties that arise when culture, language and other historical matters collide. In a thoughtful and accessible way, he answers questions about how to interpret different genres. He addresses how to apply biblical commands and then gives guidance on navigating issues that the Bible does not directly address. Strauss ends each chapter with discussion and reflection questions, encouraging us to dialogue with others.

This book is an excellent tool for those who want to understand the Bible in its original setting, and then apply it in modern times.

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Faithlife Corporation. Originally published in print, Vol. 4 No. 2