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A Little Book for New Bible Scholars (Little Books) (edition 2017)

by E. Randolph Richards (Author)

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Many young Bible scholars are passionate for the Scriptures. But is passion enough?In A Little Book for New Bible Scholars, Randolph Richards and Joseph Dodson encourage young students of the Bible to add substance to their zeal--the kind of substance that comes from the sweat and toil of hard study. "Just as we should avoid knowledge without love," they write, "we should also avoid love without knowledge."Aimed at beginners, this concise overview offers a wealth of good advice, warns of potential pitfalls, and includes wisdom from a variety of other biblical scholars as well as stories from the authors' own long experience in the guild. Full of warmth, humor, and an infectious love for Scripture, this book invites a new generation of young scholars to roll up their sleeves and dig into the complex, captivating world of the Bible.… (more)
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Title:A Little Book for New Bible Scholars (Little Books)
Authors:E. Randolph Richards (Author)
Info:IVP Academic (2017), 126 pages
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A Little Book for New Bible Scholars: Why and How to Study the Bible by E. Randolph Richards

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An exhortation to Biblical scholarship and the exercise thereof.

The first couple of chapters of this book read less as a "little book for new Bible scholars" as much as "an appeal for Bible students to enter higher education to become Bible scholars," focusing on why it is important to study the text in depth and how learning more about the Biblical contexts and cultures can not only enhance Biblical interpretation and thus exposition but also keeps the student from engaging in various fallacies and falling for plausible sounding yet erroneous readings. On account of this the book would be of some value to the person who fancies him or herself a strong Bible student but could use the training and honing which can come from pursuing a more serious curriculum of study...but would such a one know this book is for them as well based on the title?

The last half of the book is more aligned with the title: warning students against allowing their knowledge to give them a bigger head, an (obligatory) exhortation for greater diversity and inclusivity in Biblical studies departments, and exhortation toward perseverance and faithfulness in study.

The book would have value for the potential Bible scholar or young Bible student who may be considering higher education, should consider higher education, or is beginning their pursuit of higher education.

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Many young Bible scholars are passionate for the Scriptures. But is passion enough?In A Little Book for New Bible Scholars, Randolph Richards and Joseph Dodson encourage young students of the Bible to add substance to their zeal--the kind of substance that comes from the sweat and toil of hard study. "Just as we should avoid knowledge without love," they write, "we should also avoid love without knowledge."Aimed at beginners, this concise overview offers a wealth of good advice, warns of potential pitfalls, and includes wisdom from a variety of other biblical scholars as well as stories from the authors' own long experience in the guild. Full of warmth, humor, and an infectious love for Scripture, this book invites a new generation of young scholars to roll up their sleeves and dig into the complex, captivating world of the Bible.

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