In a Glass Darkly
Authors Zoe Bennett and Christopher Rowland
Publisher SCM £25
ISBN 9780334054221 2016
Our reading of the Bible, or indeed any work, is to some extent coloured by our own life experience. Bennett and Rowland bring together the Bible and Christian tradition with their own personal and professional experience as they consider the interpretation of scripture, made more interesting by the fact they come from different church backgrounds. This is not an easy book to read, but it is made more appealing by reference to literature, particularly the works of John Ruskin and William Blake, and by the personal experiences encountered by the authors. It is, in the true apocalyptic sense, an ‘unveiling, unmasking, revealing, that which is hidden.’ As such it provides a challenging and thought provoking read for all who attempt to explain the Bible to others; a book to ‘stimulate readers’ imagination to engage with the Bible’, as the authors intend.