If you love words, if you love literature, if you love writing, if you love the Bible – or if you want to develop a greater appreciation for any of the above – look into this book.
I began by flipping pages of the library’s copy of this book. Then I checked it out to bring home. Then I renewed it. And I renewed it again.
Then I begged the librarian to let me renew it again. Yes, I was in love!
When my husband bought me my very own copy for my 50th birthday I was over the moon!
Reading with Roses
Do you mull Scripture with index cards?
You don’t need to be an artist, just copy the verse slowly and mull as you write. Jazzing it up is completely optional.
You can use colored pens, markers or pencils for fun and further mulling.
Speaking of pens …
My husband also bought me the Most Amazing Bible Cover Ever (more about that in a post next month) and a three (black, pink and green) non-bleeding pens by Sakura to mark, highlight, write, and even sketch in my new Bible.
I got a white pen, too, partly inspired by my daughter who said they are faaaabulous. And she’s correct.
A white marker is PERFECT for highlighting thoughts in the gray boxes of literary delight before each chapter or section of the Bible.
Within those gray boxes of the Literary Study Bible are road signs to the many literary devices the authors of the Bible used in their writings.
Tough on the Ol’ Gray Matter
When the subject matter gets tough on the ol’ gray matter (such as in Leviticus and Deuteronomy), the gray boxes give us hints how to strategically read tough chapters, how to categorize the information, and/or how to use our imaginations to capture the scenes – and capture our senses.
And in the back of the book? A glossary of literary terms. Swoon!
Living Book Comes Alive
I haven’t mentioned several other amazing features, so be sure to check it out from your public library. If they don’t have a copy, ask them to acquire one or check with their inter-library loan service. Or just jump in and buy one from your favorite bookstore.
The Bible is a living book.
And wow, does the Bible come alive when we begin to recognize literary devices in it!
I love that God loves literature!
It’s Your Turn
- What’s your favorite literary device? Do you like satire? parody? epics? laments?
- Do you have a favorite Bible?
- Would you like to know more about the Bible?
- Would you like to meet the One who inspired the Bible?