Studying the Bible in an academic institution can be very
different from studying it in a church service or house group, but for all
Christian readers the fundamental task is the same: to understand, and to
live out, the meaning of the text as fully as possible.

Nevertheless, formal courses in universities and theological colleges will
require students to learn information and evaluate opinions that can appear
to be of little consequence for most other readers of the Bible.
Furthermore, Christians can be confronted with essentially non-Christian
worldviews that conflict with their basic convictions; evangelicals will
grapple with other Christian perspectives, or with tough questions within
their own presuppositions about the nature and content of the Bible.

This collection provides an introduction to academic study of the Bible,
with the particular needs of evangelical students in mind. The subjects
covered are:

* Beginning to study the Old Testament (Peter J. Williams)
* Beginning to study the New Testament (Alistair I. Wilson)
* Encountering biblical interpretation (Antony Billington)
* For the Bible tells me so? The roles of faith and evidence in believing
the Bible (David Gibson)

These essays are intended to complement standard texts and lecture courses,
and offer accessible, up-to-date surveys of key issues, along with valuable
orientation and advice.

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David Gibson

David Gibson is minister of Trinity Church in Aberdeen, Scotland. He is coeditor of the book From Heaven He Came and Sought Her.