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Summary

What do we do with the Bible? Does this ancient, sometimes violent and contradictory text have anything to teach us today? 

Selective use of scripture - by preachers and politicians alike - has been employed to justify violence, racism, misogyny, homophobia...the list goes on. Still, we believe the Bible has something important to say. How can we read it in a contemplative and intelligent way?

In What Do We Do with the Bible?, Richard Rohr answers just this question. He offers a methodology of hermeneutics (interpretation) that creates a foundation for a hopeful and cosmic vision - incarnation from beginning to end of time. (He explores this vision further in The Universal Christ). 

In particular, Father Richard focuses on Jesus' own method of using his Hebrew Scriptures. Jesus read between the lines to find and follow God's mercy, inclusion, and compassionate justice. For him, everything came down to relationship and transformation.

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great and very important ideas

As always Rohr takes us beyond the conditioning and cultural baggage to the bright and surprising truth about well whatever he is writing about. in this instance the bible . The book is very short though so I was surprised at the price tag

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What do we do with this book?

I was hoping for a book more about the Bible. Instead it came across as a long criticising essay about ignoring the teaching authority of the Roman Catholic Church and over spiritualizing an approach to the Bible. The book I think ignores a sense of human community involvement and also does appear to make out Jesus to be a mere devine teacher than not only the Son of God but God incarnate in His Son.

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Wow!

I am so glad I got to read this book! So insightful, clear and helpful!

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  • Jim H.
  • 01-09-21

I am the man

Having been in ministry for over thirty years and now going through reconstruction, Rohr in a very positive and gracious style, has spoken to my heart. The fact is without love I am nothing…. We are nothing.
I highly recommend this book. You may not at this moment fully comprehend what he is saying, but you will find something resonating in your heart. That will be the Holy Spirit

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  • Mark
  • 13-07-21

Thanks for true context.

Simply bewildering the prominence the Bible holds. A book that includes Old Testament writings full of violence followed by a New Testament loaded with contradictions and the most unlikely Jesus quotes.
Rohr provides real context and brilliantly brings logic and true spirituality to the question of What Do We Do with The Bible. Absolutely worth your time.

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  • papa k
  • 08-04-21

Hopeful

Someday I pray that this type of wisdom would be incorporated in the Faith Formation of both youth and adults. We need this prophetic wisdom and courage now more than ever.