You Can Understand the Bible: A Practical Guide to Each Book in the Bible

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Ignatius Press, 2005 - Religion - 328 pages
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Many people are often understandably intimidated or overwhelmed by the sheer size and complexity of the Bible. But now popular author and Boston University professor Peter Kreeft has written a clear road map of the Bible, focusing his keen insight and engaging wit on the core message of each book. It won't take long for you to understand why his guide to scripture has become a best-seller! Sparkling with intelligence and Kreeft's trademark humor, You Can Understand the Bible will transform dry study into spiritually satisfying adventures in God's Word. Regardless of how you approached- or didn't approach- the Bible before, you'll come away with a new appreciation of its depth and meaning. Kreeft also provides practical guidance for praying the scriptures every day, allowing the reader to delve into the messages of scripture in a manner that will surprise, delight, and reward.
 

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Contents

Introduction to the Old Testament
3
Begin at the Beginning Genesis 12
6
Our Free Fall into Sin Genesis 3
12
The Divine Rescue Operation Genesis Continued
19
Gods Liberation Theology Exodus
25
Gods Law Israels Wanderings and Moses Farewell Leviticus Numbers and Deuteronomy
33
From Conquest to Chaos Joshua and Judges
39
National Happiness from Personal Holiness First and Second Samuel
47
The Gospel of the Kingdom Matthews Gospel
182
Just the Facts Marks Gospel
189
The Great Physician Lukes Gospel
192
The I AM Reveals Himself Johns Gospel
198
The Gospel of the Holy Spirit Acts
205
The Church in Acts and the Church Today
225
The Churchs Treasure Trove of Wisdom Introduction to the Epistles
229
The First Systematic Christian Theology Romans
233

From Israels Golden Age to Decline and Fall First and Second Kings
54
A Different Perspective on History First and Second Chronicles
60
God Brings His People Back to the Promised Land Ezra and Nehemiah
67
Biblical Heroines of Friendship and Courage Ruth and Esther
73
Job Confronts Lifes Darkest Problem and Encounters God Himself
79
Our Primary Prayer Book The Psalms
86
Our Road Map to Practical Wisdom Proverbs
92
The Question the Rest of the Bible Answers Ecclesiastes
98
The Great Love Story between God and the Soul Song of Songs
104
Gods Big Mouths The Prophets
110
The Shakespeare of Prophecy Thunders with the Message of Salvation Isaiah
117
The Only Alternative to Disaster Jeremiah and Lamentations
124
Two Supernatural Visionaries Ezekiel and Daniel
130
More Mouths of God The Rest of the Prophets
136
History Wisdom and Apocalyptic Visions The Deuterocanonical Books and the Apocrypha
162
The Good News of Jesus Christ Introduction to the Gospels
177
How a Christian Is Different First Corinthians
239
A Different Christ Means No Christ Second Corinthians
246
Back to Basics Galatians
248
We Are Christs Mystical Body Ephesians
255
ChristMindedness Philippians
261
Christ the Fullness of God Colossians
267
How to Misunderstand the Second Coming First and Second Thessalonians
271
Letters to Pauls Helpers First Timothy Second Timothy and Titus
276
A Personal and Tender Letter to a Friend Philemon
282
Christ as Prophet Priest and King Hebrews
284
Doers of the Word James
290
Standing Fast in Christ Letters of Peter
293
A Spiritual Father Writes to His Children Letters of John
301
Warning against False Teaching Jude
304
The Most Difficult Book in the Bible Revelation
306
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Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, is one of the most widely read Christian authors of our time. His many bestselling books cover a vast array of topics in spirituality, theology, and philosophy. They include Practical Theology, Back to Virtue, Because God Is Real, You Can Understand the Bible, Angels and Demons, Heaven: The Heart's Deepest Longing, and A Summa of the Summa.

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