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When we turn to God’s Word for encouragement, guidance, and instruction, familiar verses often come to mind. Our associations with these verses are nearly automatic, and they comfort us.
How do we know, though, if we are using these verses to mean what they meant to their original audiences? Diane Chen’s Let Me More of Their Beauty See offers eight examples of how attention to the historical and literary settings can safeguard against taking a text out of context, bring out its transforming power in greater dimension, and help us apply Scripture appropriately in our daily lives. At the end of each chapter, additional readings and reflection questions are provided for personal study or group discussion.
With scholarly thoroughness Diane Chen provides readers with insight and perspective that brings texts of Scripture to life in fresh and practical ways. Let Me More of Their Beauty See is a resource for the pulpit and the pew.
— Brian Henderson
Development Coordinator for The Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists
It has been vital for me, a pastor and teacher for more than thirty years, to help people understand how the context of a Scripture passage deepens our understanding of and appreciation for the life of faith. Diane Chen helps us with this task and moves us from a merely personal interpretation to a richer incorporation of the text into the whole of life. By helping us more fully understand the context of Scripture (“attentive listening”), she draws us more deeply into faithful and obedient discipleship.
— Amos Acree, Jr.
Pastor, East Aurora Christian Church (Disciples of Christ),
East Aurora, New York
In a time when taking the Bible out of context is a popular sport, it is refreshing to read the work of a scholar who is putting it back in! This is the kind of stuff that enlivens the Bible, deepens faith, and sends the charlatans packing.
— Nick Carter
President, Andover Newton Theological School