Book Review: The Most Misused Stories in the Bible: Surprising ways popular Bible stories are misunderstood, by Eric J. Bargerhuff
Have you ever heard someone say the story of David and Goliath is about facing your fears? Have you ever used the story of the woman caught in adultery to justify that Jesus teaches that no one is perfect? Has someone ever told you that the account of Judas betraying Jesus means that you can lose your salvation? Have you ever heard any of these ideas and wondered, “Is that what Scripture really teaches?”
Author and professor Eric J. Bargerhuff has written a book, The Most Misused Stories in the Bible,: Surprising ways popular Bible stories are misunderstood, in which he teaches how to sort through modern-day distortions of well-known Bible stories to discover their true meaning. While explaining 14 specific biblical stories including the ones mentioning above, what the author is really doing is teaching how to interpret the Scriptures using a literal-grammatical-historical hermeneutic. He is illustrating how to avoid 10 specific errors in interpreting the Bible.
- Ignoring the context
- Misunderstanding the main point
- Reading modern-day biases into the text
- Dismissing discovered truth that goes against what we already believe or think
- Allowing tradition to cloud the facts
- Reading into parables what is not really there
- Ignoring what the Bible teaches elsewhere on any given topic
- Giving new meaning to words and ideas that are not consistent with God’s Word
- Missing the plain-sense meaning of a text or ignoring figurative language
- Taking a man-centered approach instead of seeing God and his glory as the central focus of Scripture
The book is designed for those who desire to grow in their understanding of Scripture but don’t know how to do so. A short, but helpful volume for those who are young in their faith or unskilled in Bible study principles.
Disclosure: I received this book free from Bethany House through the Bethany House Blogger Review Program http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/bethanyhouse/bookreviewers. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.