A Complete Introduction to the Bible: A Literary and Historical Introduction to the Bible

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"The purpose of this work is to provide a literary and historical introduction to the Bible for readers who have no previous training in theology, literary analysis, or ancient history. This book is not intended to be comprehensive. Instead, it is intended to serve as a springboard for readers who are interested in learning more about a particular topic or about the Bible as a whole." "Offering a survey of the content in both the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian New Testament, the book introduces the reader to scholarly questions and theories about the Bible, along with literary analysis of its characters, literary styles, and themes. It also engages the reader in historical analysis, raising and addressing questions about who wrote the various books of the Bible, when these authors wrote, where they lived, and what was going on at the time." A Complete Introduction to the Bible is an ideal resource for personal study, as a classroom text, or for use with Bible study groups. Accompanying charts, graphs, maps, and online study-discussion questions for each chapter complement this presentation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809145522
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Bible as Literature and as History 3

2 A Brief History of Biblical Interpretation 15

3 Prehistory: Creation and Ancestral Legends 31

4 The Exodus Tradition 50

5 Conquest and Monarchy 71

6 The Prophets 94

7 Songs and Wisdom Literature 113

8 Postexilic Writings 129

9 Late Second Temple Judaism 149

10 Jesus of Nazareth 175

11 The Gospels 197

12 Acts of the Apostles 221

13 The Pauline Epistles 233

14 Epistles and Revelation 260

Conclusion 275

Notes 279

Bibliography 295

Index 301

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