The Good Book  -     By: Peter J. Gomes
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Why is the Bible so often used as a tool for division and exclusion? And why are so many intelligent and compassionate people embarrassed to say they find wisdom and comfort in the Bible? In this groundbreaking book, the author provides answers to these questions and shows what the Bible says about topics that concern us all, including joy, suffering, evil, and goodness. With compassion, humor, and insight, he gives readers the tools and understanding they need to make the ancient wisdom of the Bible a dynamic part of their modern lives.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0060088303
ISBN-13: 9780060088309
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"The Bible and the social and moral consequences that derive from its interpretation are all too important to be left in the hands of the pious or the experts, and too significant to be ignored and trivialized by the uninformed and indifferent.

Author Bio

Peter J. Gomes has been minister of Harvard University's Memorial Church since 1974, when he was appointed Pusey Minister of the church, and serves as Plummer Professor of Christian Morals. An American Baptist minister, he was named one of America's top preachers by Time magazine. He is the recipient of thirty-three honorary degrees and an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, the University of Cambridge, England, where the Gomes Lectureship is established in his name.

Editorial Reviews

"Easily the best contemporary book on the Bible for thoughtful people."
"Lively...offers a crash course in biblical literacy in a nuanced but easy-to-understand style."
"This is a reading not from the right or the left but from the living, loving heart of scripture."
“...Reflects Gomes’s great intelligence, open mind, humanity, wisdom, and struggle to understand the meaning of life and God’s word.”
"...One of America's most compelling preachers ... a writer with flair and eloquence."
"A riveting tour of this holy book with the guide both witty and wise ... great work of scholarship and imagination."

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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Provocative and well-written
    March 9, 2012
    Philip Tutt
    Sacramento, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Dr. Gomes does an excellent job of relating the Bible to contemporary and difficult topics, such as racism, anti-semitism, gender discrimination, and homosexuality. A typical chapter is titled "The Bible and ...", the blank filled in by a topic heading. He then goes on to argue what the Bible says, or doesn't say, about each topic, and why he thinks as he does. The only chapter I found disappointing was the last one, "The Bible and Mystery", in which the essential thesis seems to be: problems invite solutions; mysteries invite participation. That is interesting for such issues as the Incarnation, the Resurrection, and the like. It is somewhat less appealing for issues such as Evil, which, given events such as the Holocaust, are simply not likely to be analyzable as "problems", but which surely do not invite participation in any morally desirable sense. Here, I think, Dr. Gomes' enthusiasm for inviting his readers to dwell between the covers of the Bible overcomes his analytical direction. But let this count as a minor criticism. The reader, by the way, should take time to look over Dr. Gomes' endnotes. Many of these are essays in themselves. Overall, a good read and one which thinking Christians of any stripe, liberal, moderate, or conservative, will find illuminating.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 11, 2009
    Donna
    This is an excellent book! I've used it over the past 7 years to offer my theological students another opinion/ interpretation they may not have heard or considered before. Read it for yourself. You may learn somethings as well!
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