How to Read the Bible to Hear God Speak
A Study in Numbers 22-24
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
Calvin Seerveld is emeritated professor of philosophical aesthetics at the graduate Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, Older Testament studies is a hobby for him.
His translation and exploration of the Song of Songs, presented as a chorus of voices, is in book form (second edition, 1988) and on video (2001). A new edition of a number of scripture translations and meditations, with study notes, is in print, Take Hold of God and Pull (1999).
His is husband to Inès Cecile Naudin ten Cate, who speaks several languages, is very patient, and is a resourceful woman in geography and history. They live in Toronto. Seerveld ran distance track at school and college, and as an undergraduate philosophy professor won a brown belt in judo (“the gentle art”).
“This is biblical hermeneutics at its best—all Seerveld’s aesthetic and philosophical insight is brought to bear in an accessible way on how to listen to God in the Holy Scriptures and this story in particular. . . . Take and Read!”
—Craig Bartholomew, Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario
“Seerveld demonstrates what good ‘how to read Scripture’ teaching requires by describing and modeling four different ways of reading the Bible—and then recommending one. I look forward to using this book with my students.”
—Sydney J. Hielema, Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa
“His critique of the higher critical way of reading Scripture, while appreciative of some contributions, should become required reading in all seminary hermeneutics courses. He also offers valuable comments on the literary forms of Biblical truth.”
—Donald A. Leggett, Tyndale College, Toronto
“Cal Seerveld not only provides an extremely insightful and stimulating reading of the Balaam stories, he also shows us how to understand a passage like this in the larger context of the larger promise-and-fulfillment drama of Biblical revelation. In these pages we are given a much needed—and exciting!—refresher course in how to read the Bible.”
—Richard J. Mouw, Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, California
“The Bible is the most important text we will ever read, so we better get it right. In getting it right we need all the help we can get. Dr. Seerveld’s help is as good as it gets—and not in the form of rules and principles, but by plunging into one of the more interesting stories in the Bible and showing us how it works.”
—Eugene H. Peterson, The Message
“…A wonderful excerise in learning how to listen to God out of God’s whole story. In a day when the church is listening once again to the whole story, the compelling guidelines offered by Seerveld are most welcome!”
—Robert Webber, Northern Baptist Seminary, Lombard, Illinois