Fortress Press’s Foundations for Learning series prepares students for academic success through compelling resources that kick-start their educational journey into professional Christian ministry.In Exploring the Bible, preseminarians and other students about to begin training in ministry join sage guides and scholars Eric D. Barreto and Michael J. Chan on a journey through Scripture. More than simply a practical guide to reading the Bible, this book will help readers claim their unique interpretive perspective and discern a living word from God.We never read the Bible by ourselves. In the encounter of ancient texts and people today, we discern alongside others how these texts speak into our communities. Contexts matter. Histories matter. Cultures matter. Peoples matter. All these matter in interpretation when we seek to proclaim some word of gospel about a God who has breathed life into us. Barreto and Chan invite us to bring our full, authentic selves to a text that will affirm and challenge us, confirm and transform us, delight and concern us. There, God speaks, and we can hear God’s word in a new way.