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By Petri Merenlahti,David Rhoads

ISBN-10: 1625644108

ISBN-13: 9781625644107

The Bible is a puzzling ebook. It blends primitive ideals with undying truths, swings among compassionate love and ruthless violence, and types a sympathetic heavenly father from the is still of a savage tribal god. What are we to make of it all?

Petri Merenlahti takes an wonderful trip via biblical literature and returns with an unique theology of imperfection. taking a look at the Bible during the lenses of background, tradition, literature, and psychology, he calls his readers to enable move of an idealized picture of the Christian Scriptures and embody their restricted human nature as an alternative. this can be important, he argues, simply because fake idealization and mental splitting are significant assets of spiritual fanaticism and violence.

Merenlahti insists that we make a distinction among the smaller God of human mind's eye and the transcendent God that are supposed to stay past it. we are going to then be rewarded with knowledge rather than fanaticism, mercy rather than moralism, and peace rather than hatred and guilt.

"Merenlahti has written a really invaluable ebook that would please, tutor, reassure, and suggestions each preacher and individual within the pew. it's a dose of excellent drugs if you happen to, having declared their being non secular yet not spiritual, are at risk of sliding down the slippery slope right into a pooling of mutual lack of know-how. . . . This booklet bargains a lot attractive illumination to people who lengthy for a significant stroll with God during this trip of human life."
--J. Harold Ellens, college of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

"Writing from an leading edge hub of biblical scholarship in Finland, Petri Merenlahti bargains us a ancient, literary, cultural, and mental page-turner. Echoing the mid-20th century 'discovery' of the 'humanity of Jesus,' Merenlahti urges a twenty first century 'discovery' of the 'humanity of Scripture.' He calls forth the testimony from rabbinic, Christian, and secular traditions at the shadowy human dimensions of Scripture, yet concurrently at the gentle it offers from and for the soul."
--Wayne G. Rollins, Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT

Petri Merenlahti is Postdoctoral Researcher on the collage of Helsinki and leader Theological consultant at Finn Church reduction, a humanitarian employer affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. he's the writer of Poetics for the Gospels? Rethinking Narrative Criticism (2002).

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