BAR 35:06, Nov/Dec 2009
A Lifetime of Biblical Insight
The Bible Is for Living: A Scholar’s Spiritual Journey
Philip J. King
(Washington, DC: Biblical Archaeology Society, 2008), xvii + 181 pp., $24.95
Picture in your mind a chance meeting of Fr. King with a homeless person in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts. King as priest stops to chat. King as scholar is surprised to hear that the man in question spent hours as a prisoner in solitary confinement but was never bored because “he spent all of his time reading the Bible.” The inspiration of that encounter results in this book and provides a thread of exposition. The exposition is based on experience, not abstract reasoning.