Words of Delight: A Literary Introduction to the Bible

In this introduction to Scripture, Leland Ryken organizes biblical passages into literary genres including narratives, poetry, proverbs, and drama, demonstrating that knowledge of a genre s characteristics enriches one s understanding of individual passages.Ryken offers a volume brimming over with wonderful insights into Old and New Testament books and passages insights tIn this introduction to Scripture, Leland Ryken organizes biblical passages into literary genres including narratives, poetry, proverbs, and drama, demonstrating that knowledge of a genre s characteristics enriches one s understanding of individual passages.Ryken offers a volume brimming over with wonderful insights into Old and New Testament books and passages insights that have escaped most traditional commentators.
Words of Delight A Literary Introduction to the Bible In this introduction to Scripture Leland Ryken organizes biblical passages into literary genres including narratives poetry proverbs and drama demonstrating that knowledge of a genre s characteri

  • Title: Words of Delight: A Literary Introduction to the Bible
  • Author: Leland Ryken
  • ISBN: 9780801077692
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Words of Delight: A Literary Introduction to the Bible”

    1. This book has changed the way I view and read the Bible.Perhaps it hasn't drastically changed the way I view and read the Bible. But it has changed it nonetheless. I have always understood what the Bible is and have generally understood the basics of how to read it. But this book pulled the veil away to show me just how literary the Bible is, and how its literary nature should change the way we read it--particularly all of the narratives and poems. Ryken taught me new categories for how to view [...]

    2. This book is like a super-magnet. I thought I would just read the section on poetry to help me prepare for some teaching I was doing. It was so good, I just couldn't stop re-reading the rest of the book (this was my second time reading it).Ryken is an English professor, and he brings all of his literary expertise to bear on his analysis of the Bible. At times, it can probably seem a little tedious (especially since his goal is only to analyze the literature of the Bible, rarely to apply it). But [...]

    3. Words of Delight - Isn't that a wonderful title for a book about God's Word? I purchased the book to teach the Bible as literature to Nick (and maybe Matthew). Have you ever thought of how our God made sure that "His Story" would be written so beautifully, so elegantly that we would delight in reading it? Shouldn't we be ecstatic that He gave us a book that reveals not just His amazing love and awesome grace, but also His absolute beauty and, ultimately, open heaven to us in His word? This book [...]

    4. This "literary introduction to the Bible" indeed brings fresh delight to biblical study. Ryken renders literary study accessible to the non-specialist. The genres are explored through examples rather than discussed theoretical. It also contains detailed readings of Song of Solomon and Revelation. Ryken's form of literary analysis is fully compatible with a theological or religious reading of the Bible. The book is perhaps a bit stronger on the Old Testament than the New.

    5. Overall, I really like this book. The author brings a much-needed perspective on reading the Bible. My only critique is it at times I think he unhelpfully pits a literary reading against a theological reading of Scripture.

    6. Great introduction to the Bible as literature and literary analysis a whole. A little dry in parts but surprisingly upheld the complete realism of the Bible while doing a study of it as literature. Great read.

    7. Ryken's book not only helps us appreciate the beauty of scripture but it also deepens our understanding of it. The authors of scripture often used standard literary structures, devices, and figures to enhance the meaning of their words. Understanding the artistic choices enhances our reading.

    8. This is a wonderful tool for anyone who would like to teach their children using the Bible as a core text.

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