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Sacred sense : discovering the wonder of God's word and world

Author: William P Brown
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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All too often Scripture is read only to find answers to life's perplexing questions, to prove a theological point, or to formulate doctrine. But William Brown argues that if read properly, what the Bible does most fundamentally is arouse a sacred sense of life-transforming wonder. In this book Brown helps readers develop an orientation toward the biblical text that embraces wonder. He explores reading strategies and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William P Brown
ISBN: 9780802872210 0802872212
OCLC Number: 905222033
Description: ix, 171 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : wonder's wonder --
Cosmic wonder : Genesis 1:1-2:3 --
Grounded wonder : Genesis 2:4b-3:24 --
Covenantal wonder : Genesis 6-9 --
Woeful wonder : Exodus 19-20 --
Playful wonder : Proverbs 8:22-31 --
Manifold wonder : Psalm 104 --
Wounded wonder : Job 38-42 --
Mundane wonder : Ecclesiastes --
Erotic wonder : Song of songs --
Prophetic wonder : Isaiah 43:15-21 and Amos 5:21-24 --
Incarnational wonder : John 1:1-18 --
Christ and cosmic wonder : Colossians 1:15-20 --
Terrifying wonder : Mark 16:1-18 --
Resurrection wonder : John 20:1-18 --
Communion wonder : Luke 24:13-32 --
Consummated wonder : Revelation 21-22 --
Conclusion : called to wonder.
Responsibility: William P. Brown.

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All too often Scripture is read only to find answers to life's perplexing questions, to prove a theological point, or to formulate doctrine. But William Brown argues that if read properly, what the Bible does most fundamentally is arouse a sacred sense of life-transforming wonder. In this book Brown helps readers develop an orientation toward the biblical text that embraces wonder. He explores reading strategies and offers fresh readings of seventeen Old and New Testament passages, identifying what he finds most central and evocative in the unfolding biblical drama. The Bible invites its readers to linger in wide-eyed wonder, Brown says -- and his Sacred Sense shows readers how to do just that.

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Terry Tempest Williams -- author of When Women Were Birds -Bill Brown is my kind of theologian -- smart, provocative, surprising; a visionary with both soul and wit. . . . He reminds me of the power Read more...

 
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