How to Read (and Understand) the Bible
Larry Richards - view author info
Cover: How to Read (and Understand) the Bible
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June 2015 

Have you ever felt intimidated by the Bible? Would you like to get to know it better, but worry you might find it difficult or daunting? How to Read (and Understand) the Bible is the book you need. It’s a fascinating, accessible approach to Scripture that will help you go deeper into the heart of what it’s all about: the timeless true story of God’s love for you.

Join scholar and theologian Larry Richards on a journey through the Old and New Testaments as he explores 21 key stories and themes in Scripture and shows what they reveal to us about God. Whether you are new to reading the Bible or were brought up on its stories, you’ll come to understand it more deeply than ever before—and connect in a whole new way to the God who wrote it for you.
If you want a fresh and insightful overview of the Scriptures, Dr. Larry Richards’s newest contribution to biblical scholarship, How to Read (and Understand) the Bible, is for you. This refreshing approach to understanding the Scriptures is insightful, stimulating, trustworthy, and creatively instructive. With authentic biblical scholarship, combined with practical applications, you will travel through the entire Bible, gaining new appreciation for God’s great gift to us on every page. Bible students and lay readers alike will gain an enriched perspective and understanding of God’s Word.
Dr. Gilbert A. Peterson, former president and chancellor of Lancaster Bible College

Perhaps Larry Richards’s enduring legacy—as expressed through the titanic number of books he has published over forty years—will be the immeasurable assistance lent to thousands in understanding not only the basic message of Scripture, but also how to interpret and teach it in a way that propels believers into becoming followers in the mission of God. How to Read (and Understand) the Bible is a life-changing book that does just that. Here is an accessible, thoughtful, conceptual, and practical book that every church should use to equip its leaders, small groups, and ministries.
Mark A. Lamport, professor of practical theology at 9 theological schools; coeditor of Encyclopedia of Christianity

Larry Richards has devoted his life to the serious study of God’s Word. Although the content of How to Read (and Understand) the Bible reflects the good scholarship behind it, it is not a dry, academic tome. This book is an enjoyable read, just as reading Scripture itself can be. Larry’s engaging, almost conversational style of writing makes you feel as if you and he were sitting together for a stimulating conversation about God’s story. As the book takes you through the major themes of the Bible, you’ll come away with a big-picture perspective that will make your Bible reading more meaningful and more practical for daily Christian living—as it was meant to be.
Klaus Issler, Professor of Christian education and theology at Talbot and Biola; author of Living into the Life of Jesus