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Voices on Scripture

“What does it mean to give proper attention to the ancient Near Eastern nature of the Hebrew Scriptures? Minimally it means reading other ancient Near Eastern texts. The Scriptures are exceedingly ‘respiratory’: they breathe in the culture of their times, and breathe it back out in a different form. To the reader who learns to breathe the same air—the one who becomes familiar with the context—it is increasingly hard to believe that he or she once read the Bible without. Reading the Hebrew Scriptures in context is intoxicating, like breathing pure oxygen: everything is clearer and sharper, and the energy is immeasurably higher.”
 
Joel B. Green, provost and dean of the School of Theology, from his essay “Cultivating the Practice of Reading Scripture,” available for download here. Pictured: The Payton family Bible belonging to Grace Fuller, wife of Charles E. Fuller, the founder of Fuller Seminary—a reminder of Fuller’s historic and continual commitment to Scripture.

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