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The Prophetic Books of the Bible are full of symbolic speeches, dramatic metaphors, and lengthy allegories--a unique blend of literary styles that can make them hard to comprehend. How can we know if we are reading them the way God intended them to be read?
In this accessible guide, leading Old Testament scholar Peter Gentry identifies seven common characteristics of prophetic literature in the Bible that help us understand each book's message. With illustrations and clear examples, Gentry offers guidance for reading these challenging texts--teaching us practical strategies for deeper engagement with the biblical text as we seek to apply God's Word to our lives today.
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January 17, 2018
I'm privileged to be able to say that Dr. Gentry is a friend and was my professor at seminary. He's taught me an incredible amount about the Word of God and how to read it faithfully; by taking it on it's own terms as it has been handed down to us.
Through this book he has continued to teach me an...
June 05, 2017
For anyone who has ever struggled to understand what they're reading as they read through the major or minor prophets of the Bible, I heartily recommend Peter J. Gentry's How To Read and Understand The Biblical Prophets. This book is not a commentary telling you what each book, each chapter, each...
July 16, 2017
This is a short, succinct book on the genre of prophecy and how this Hebrew literature was written. In our Western mindset, we often don't properly read and understand Hebrew prophecy, as it was written in a style that we are not accustomed to. Peter Gentry takes us through the characteristics of...
March 14, 2018
A wonderful, clear introduction to the framework and genre of biblical prophecy.
Gentry not only helpfully explains the theory, he constantly takes the reader through the steps of interpreting particular passages from OT prophets, in order to illustrate what he is describing. Very useful tool to h...
November 17, 2017
The Most Intimidating Books of The Bible
The Biblical Prophets are probably one of the most avoided and neglected portions of Scripture for the modern day believer. Strange visions, unfamiliar characters and numbers intimidate the reader. Add to that the number of prophecy websites with insights a...
September 18, 2017
Ever been stumped when trying to read the book of Isaiah? Have you ever tried to read Revelation only to get to chapter 3 and want to give up? Have you ever wondered why the biblical authors were inspired by God to write such difficult literature? I have often wondered these very questions as I w...
September 14, 2017
I was drawn into this book from the early pages, as the author, Peter J. Gentry, captured my attention by pointing out that I have so much more to learn about various genres of literature. Prophetic literature contained in the Christian Bible is just one of those genres.
Gentry makes it clear th...
July 05, 2017
It is said that there are two kind of teachers: those who teach so their students can pass tests, and those who teach so their students learn. Peter J. Gentry, in ‘How to Read and Understand the Biblical Prophets’, is one of the latter.
This book is an explanation, and a worked-out example, of how...
January 18, 2018
Excellent, short survey on interpreting OT prophetic literature. The chapter on apocalyptic literature/language is worth the price of the book. My favorite line, written to emphasize the necessity of interpreting texts based on the rules of their particular genre: "It is not a matter of defending...
October 30, 2017
Peter Gentry succinctly distills principles for reading and understanding some of the most difficult sections of Scripture to Western Evangelicals: the Prophets. We understand that literary style and mode shape interpretive methods (we don't read the front page of a newspaper quite like we do the...