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Bretler's book is fantastic!
As a beginning religious studies student, this book is wonderful. It provides a great overview of the different aspects of the Bible and ancient Israelite history. Attention is given to how scholars make sense of the Bible; utilizing biblical criticism to understand the original context of scripture. I originally came across this book in a religious studies course at the university where I studied, where it was our main textbook. This book is intended for the lay reader, yet is replete with great information and full of important scholarship; so much that even more advanced-level students may learn a great deal. I have used this book in teaching my own introductory bible class, as well as given as a gift to several people. Strongly recommended for Christians, Jews, Muslims, atheists, agnostics...you name it.
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Posted January 2, 2010
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