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Making Senses Out of Scripture: Reading the Bible as the First Christians Did

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Reading the Bible in a way that is as old as Scripture itself, award-winning author Mark P. Shea takes us on a “fly-over” of the biblical story from Genesis to Revelation. He shows you how to explore the literal, allegorical, moral, and anagogical sense of Scripture. Whether you have been studying Scripture for years, or are encountering it for the very first time,Making Se Reading the Bible in a way that is as old as Scripture itself, award-winning author Mark P. Shea takes us on a “fly-over” of the biblical story from Genesis to Revelation. He shows you how to explore the literal, allegorical, moral, and anagogical sense of Scripture. Whether you have been studying Scripture for years, or are encountering it for the very first time,Making Senses Out of Scripture is an invaluable tool that it will help you see biblical revelation afresh, as Christians have done for 2000 years.


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Reading the Bible in a way that is as old as Scripture itself, award-winning author Mark P. Shea takes us on a “fly-over” of the biblical story from Genesis to Revelation. He shows you how to explore the literal, allegorical, moral, and anagogical sense of Scripture. Whether you have been studying Scripture for years, or are encountering it for the very first time,Making Se Reading the Bible in a way that is as old as Scripture itself, award-winning author Mark P. Shea takes us on a “fly-over” of the biblical story from Genesis to Revelation. He shows you how to explore the literal, allegorical, moral, and anagogical sense of Scripture. Whether you have been studying Scripture for years, or are encountering it for the very first time,Making Senses Out of Scripture is an invaluable tool that it will help you see biblical revelation afresh, as Christians have done for 2000 years.

30 review for Making Senses Out of Scripture: Reading the Bible as the First Christians Did

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ted Leon

    This was a very solid, accessible treatment of how to read Scripture. The author sets out the various "senses" of scripture, including the literal, allegorical, moral and anagogical meanings of scripture. The book also neatly explains the necessity of Tradition and the teaching authority of the Church in understanding scriptures and as a means of ensuring that we understand it's true meaning. Author Shea presents his themes very logically. You don't need a degree in theology in order to get a lo This was a very solid, accessible treatment of how to read Scripture. The author sets out the various "senses" of scripture, including the literal, allegorical, moral and anagogical meanings of scripture. The book also neatly explains the necessity of Tradition and the teaching authority of the Church in understanding scriptures and as a means of ensuring that we understand it's true meaning. Author Shea presents his themes very logically. You don't need a degree in theology in order to get a lot out of this book!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Richard Grebenc

    I have had this book on my shelf for a long time (it came out in 1999) and was finally prompted to read it because I have been asked to do a short exposition on the senses of Scripture for a Bible study group. Shea does an excellent job. I was interested to know why it took 245 pages to explain the concept of the senses of Scripture. Well, he devotes the entire first of two parts to what he calls 'The Big Picture" which is a summary of the Bible broken up into six covenants (Scott Hahn fans, of w I have had this book on my shelf for a long time (it came out in 1999) and was finally prompted to read it because I have been asked to do a short exposition on the senses of Scripture for a Bible study group. Shea does an excellent job. I was interested to know why it took 245 pages to explain the concept of the senses of Scripture. Well, he devotes the entire first of two parts to what he calls 'The Big Picture" which is a summary of the Bible broken up into six covenants (Scott Hahn fans, of which the author is one, will appreciate this approach). For those very familiar with the Bible, going over this is fine but not necessary. For those needing a refresher it is much appreciated. I would say that reading the last chapter of Part 1 is beneficial for all readers before working through Part 2 as it acts as a sort of bridge, discussing typology. Part 2 is the meat and potatoes. Offering plenty of examples and explanations, it is excellent for the person who wants or needs to go beyond the five paragraphs of the CCC (115-119) specifically devoted to this subject. Highly recommended for any person who wants to get more out of Scripture by coming to better appreciate the layers of meaning of this inspired text.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    Part 1 is a summary of salvation history from Genesis to Acts. Part 2 covers the four senses of Scripture. I've only finished the first part. I've read other summaries, bible histories, etc., but Mark Shea makes the story exciting. When you've heard a story over and over your whole life, it is hard to find it as exciting as if you were hearing/reading it for the first time. Mark manages to do this. Part 1 is a summary of salvation history from Genesis to Acts. Part 2 covers the four senses of Scripture. I've only finished the first part. I've read other summaries, bible histories, etc., but Mark Shea makes the story exciting. When you've heard a story over and over your whole life, it is hard to find it as exciting as if you were hearing/reading it for the first time. Mark manages to do this.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Great explanations about Old Testament covenants.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    An excellent book for a properly understanding Scripture!

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    Rebecca

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    Tom Wepfer

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    Rosemarie Lucero

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    Debbie Leal

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    Kenneth Griswold

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    Peter

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lisa, ofs

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    Stephen Salomone

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    Susan Kennedy

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    Katherine Kehler

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    Kyle Banadyga

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    Bethany

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    Mark O'Brien

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    Mark

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    Dee Gray

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    I LOVE this author and this was a terrific book (funny!) and super informative!

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    Will

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    John

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    Marion

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    Bobby

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    Kyle Anderson

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    Timothy Pecoraro

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    Gee Cee

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  30. 4 out of 5

    Garry Mcclendon

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