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Publisher's 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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Always new insights

Loved the content. Richard Rohr never fails to teach me a few new ways to look at Scripture and help me on my spiritual journey. I gave Fr. Quigley 4 stars because his narration is very well done. But I like recordings of Richard Rohr’s works much better when he does the reading and/or live presentation.

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A Much-Needed Teaching

This should be required reading by anyone who wants to study the sacred scriptures of the Christian faith. Richard is so grounded in his understanding of our Bible. Warning: If you've studied the Bible without the understanding of this teaching, you may not like it....at all. And if you're willing to approach this teaching with an open mind, open heart and open spirit....and be willing to admit you've been mistaken, this book has the power to change the way you read the scriptures, the power to change your faith...and yes, the power to even change your life. Bravo, Fr. Richard Rohr. <3

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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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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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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.

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  • theresa kemp
  • 07-14-20

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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  • Sean
  • 08-18-20

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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  • Rev. Janet Rushton
  • 05-01-22

Important new perspectives on Jesus and teaching

Serious challenge to traditional ways of reading and understanding the Bible - as Jesus engaged with his Scriptures

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  • A hubby
  • 03-20-22

Narration doesn’t quite fit book

I’m probably spoiled as I am used to Rohr reading his own work- and that fits seamlessly and helps better I understanding.

This reader has a lovely voice but I don’t feel his thought and reading flow fits particularly well with Rohr’s writing. I had to work a bit harder than usual to make sense and flow.

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  • Jonathan Williams
  • 02-10-22

An important perspective to listen to

Really good how Richard Rohr can write so deeply and succinctly on this important topic. If you have come from any religious orthodoxy that has become your prison this will help release the lock and open the door. Thank you Richard for sharing.

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  • Corinne
  • 09-30-20

Wow!

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

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  • Abby Zensea
  • 10-12-21

Wise and powerful words

This was a much needed book. I have listened to the section on Jesus many times, it is simply magnificent. Richard Rohr is truly someone who can see the light through the Scriptures without assuming the Scriptures are the light. And he can pass that on to us as a gift, for which I can’t thank him enough.