Rich Treasure of God’s Word
One of the things I love the most about the Bible is there's always something more for us. It doesn't matter how long you've studied the Bible, how much you know about the Bible, how many biblical languages you know—there is always something more for us. That is true wherever we are in our journey of understanding Scripture.
When I think of ordinary Bible readers, I think of my grandparents who were only educated up through the eighth grade. They had high aspirations and great gifts. They were steeped in the Scriptures. But there's nothing they like more than seeing something new in the Bible.
Combining 1,200+ study notes related to the literary features of the Bible, the ESV Literary Study Bible helps readers understand God’s Word more fully, in all its richness and beauty.
Delight and Be Changed
If you've never really thought about what is going on in the Bible with different literary forms like poem, lament, and vision, you're going to see things that you've never seen before. Parts of the Bible are going to come alive in new ways. There are lots of ways for the Bible to come alive for us, but here is a really rich way.
The more delight we take in the Bible, the more we want to get into it, and the bigger difference it makes in our spiritual lives.
Even if you don't have a lot of background in the Bible and have never really thought about these issues, there are tools available to help you get a deeper understanding of the literature of the Bible in a way that will transform your Bible reading. The more delight we take in the Bible, the more we want to get into it, and the bigger difference it makes in our spiritual lives.
Phil Ryken is a general editor of the ESV Literary Study Bible.
What are the literary qualities of Scripture and why should we not just read the Bible for what it says, but for how it says it?
Throughout his New Testament writings, the apostle John summarized a Christian’s obligation to obey the Scriptures. He made it clear that walking in the ways of the word was not optional.
When the Bible gives us literary subject matter, that subject matter is present through the agency of divine inspiration. The same is true of the genres and forms of the Bible.
The subject of literature is human experience. We should read the Bible through that lens.