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How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2008

    Truly Brilliant Scholarship and Writing

    I don't know what universe the previous reviewer lives in, (the one with One Star) but this is the smartest, best-written, most even-handed book of Biblical Scholarship I have ever read. I don't blindly worship Harvard, but I can see why Kugel had the most popular cours there for many years. It is not only brilliant about the bible and its interpretations, it is a model for how an educated person should approach any subject where the truth claims are competing. Kugel is an Orthodox Jewish believer. I am a Buddhist atheist. But his noble search for truth first and foremost is to be admired by all humans of whatever relation to God.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2008

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    For the past four years, I have been heavily involved in an examination of theology and biblical scholarship to add depth and more recent sources to my pre-law school religion minor of 35 years ago. Kugel moves effortlessly through biblical scholars as well as Hobbes and Spinoza, among others. I obtained this volume because the N.Y. Times listed it as one of the 'Ten Best' books of 2007. It is that and much more. Anyone who truly wants to understand the Bible, particularly the Old Testament, should read this.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

    A most interesting read

    Vastly interesting book, written in an informal and captivating style. I was surprised that it was stacked under "Christian Reference" as it deals with the Old Testament. Author is a former Harvard professor, and it is easy to see why his course on the Bible was one of the very most popular at that school. He is an orthodox Jew, now living in Israel. I really enjoyed reading this; it was rather eye-opening.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2013

    Fundamentalists will find this difficult to enjoy. The author be

    Fundamentalists will find this difficult to enjoy. The author begins by showing that reading the bible "literally" is a relatively new concept (the last 150 yrs or so) and that for most of history Christians understood the Bible should not be read literally. If you can't handle that basic truth, this book isn't for you. If it is, the author shows how ancient methods of interpreting the text are relevant today and can save the Bible from the problems introduced by literalism. Although the author is Jewish he is also well versed in early Christian exegesis.    

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  • Posted July 2, 2009

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    On the Mark

    This is a terrific book. It is fun to read. The review blurb from "The Washington Post" from a review by Jerome M. Segal is on the mark. It is a through introduction to the Hebrew Bible by a distinguished scholar. This book includes accounts of ancient and modern interpretation along with sharp summaries of texts that make the Hebrew Bible intelligible.

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    Posted November 22, 2008

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