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    • ISBN:9781473686199
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The Badly Behaved Bible

Thinking again about the story of Scripture

By Nick Page

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A fresh look at reading the Bible from well-respected author Nick Page

We're told that the Bible is beautiful, uplifting and a joy to read - but, while we know this is how we're
supposed to feel about it, in reality many of us find the very opposite. On opening the Bible, we are
faced with a multitude of problems; from its form and historical content to its sheer size and often
distasteful stories, we can be left feeling overwhelmed and disheartened. But the problem is not with
the Bible - and it's not with us either.

The problem is we've been misinformed. And so, we end up believing things about the Bible that the
Bible never claims for itself. But the Bible won't politely sign up to the neat categories and terms we
force on it. That's why it's badly behaved. We want to control the Bible and tame it so that we can ride
it into battle; but the Bible bucks and rears and throws us off. We want to pin the Bible down so that it
proves our theology; but the Bible evades capture and plays hide and seek. We want answers; but the
Bible keeps firing questions. We want it to tell us what to do; but the Bible keeps telling us to think. We
want to make the Bible dance to our tune: but the Bible has music of its own. The Bible is an invitation
and a call. The breath of God lifts its pages, and they rise and fall with his breathing.

In his honest and accessible style, Nick Page urges us to re-discover a fresh look at the Bible as the
scriptural bedrock of the Christian faith, to learn how we can undo unhelpful ways of reading it and
demystifying its purpose and scope.

Nick tackles what the Bible is and what it isn't, how we can critically read this inspired text and how we
approach the difficulties in its content.

Alongside helpful analysis and practical advice - including kickstarting his one-man campaign to ban
"Bible study" - Nick helps us re-discover how to rediscover the Bible as Holy Ground, as a place where
we meet and encounter God.

Biographical Notes

Prized for his skills as a writer, speaker, unlicensed historian, applied ranter and general information-monger, Nick Page has written over 70 books, including THE TABLOID BIBLE, THE LONGEST WEEK trilogy, THE DARK NIGHT OF THE SHED, and his most recent addition to the NEARLY INFALLIBLE series, A NEARLY INFALLIBLE HISTORY OF THE REFORMATION. Nick lives in Oxfordshire with his wife Claire and their three daughters.

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