For Christians, the Bible is not just a text, a cultural artifact, nor even a sacred text. It is a vital fount of encounter with God, a catalyst for conversion, and a guide to discerning a way forward. Yet each tradition sees the Bible differently.
Focusing on ten influential streams of historic Christianity, the experts in this volume showcase the distinctive ways in which encountering the Bible—in all its power and perplexity—has profoundly inspired, informed, and shaped each tradition. In each case, this encounter has led to unique or characteristic practices and commitments, as well as controversies and conflicts, in their reading the Bible, interpreting the Bible, and praying the Bible.
In an age of globalization, recognizing the diverse gifts and insights of each tradition—Catholic and Protestant and Orthodox—enables readers to understand how and why Christians see the world as they do, and which facets of the biblical legacy light the way most promisingly for interconfessional encounter and collaboration.