Beginning Biblical Studies: Revised Edition / Edition 2

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Thirty-three years of teaching Scripture and theology to undergraduates has given Marielle Frigge great insight into the needs of biblical study students and teachers. Unlike any other text on the market, this book does not assume familiarity with the contents or origins of the Bible or with the Bible's major events, characters, and themes. Beginning Biblical Studies, Revised Edition paints in broad strokes to provide readers sufficient context for reading and understanding the Bible. Revisions to Frigge's original text include fuller treatment of Jewish, Orthodox, and Protestant perspectives, updates for the most recent scholarship, a new appendix on archaeology and the Bible, plus more photographs, sidebars, and recommended resources, as well as revised appendices, time lines, and maps.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Sr. Marielle Frigge's book is an excellent introduction to the study of the Bible. She presupposes nothing but conveys a great deal. No matter what the students' backgrounds, this introductory text will speak to them all. The glossaries, maps, charts, and other visuals are very helpful. Students and readers who work through her book will have a solid foundation in modern biblical studies."

--Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD, Benedictine Distance Learning

"The readability is pitch-perfect. Rarely have I found a textbook author who is so consistent in communicating with entry-level students. The precision and clarity of the author's prose should reassure any professor that his or her students are being challenged to think, yet in a language that they can comprehend. The author maintains a clear recognition of and sensitivity to interfaith and ecumenical distinctions throughout. Well done!"

--Donald Rappé, PhD, Mount Mary College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599824246
  • Publisher: Anselm Academic
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 214,231
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Marielle Frigge is a professor emerita in religious studies and philosophy at Mount Marty College and associate editor of the American Benedictine Review. She received her doctorate in theology and education, with specialization in Scripture and systematic theology, from Boston College. Frigge continues teaching for her own and other monasteries as well as various churches, ecumenical groups, and lay ministry programs. She has written "Scripture Insights" for At Home with the Word and is currently writing for the Lector's Workbook, published by Liturgy Training Publications.
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Bible and Bibles

Chapter 2: How the Bible Was Formed

Chapter 3: Biblical Interpretation and Faith Communities

Chapter 4: Kinds of Literature and Kinds of Truth

Chapter 5: Important Biblical Terms and Concepts

Chapter 6: The Torah/Pentateuch

Chapter 7: The Creation Myth as Introduction to the Pentateuch

Chapter 8: Six Books of Religious History

Chapter 9: Prophets and Prophecy; Deuteronomistic History Continued

Chapter 10: The Second Temple Period

Chapter 11: Wisdom Tradition, Wisdom Books

Chapter 12: New Testament Background

Chapter 13: The Four Canonical Gospels

Chapter 14: Acts of the Apostles, Letters, and Revelation


Appendix A: Hebrew Calendar and Important Religious Feasts

Appendix B: Israelite Worship

Appendix C: Titles of Jesus in the New Testament

Appendix D: Archaeology and the Bible

Appendix E: Lectio Divina

Time Lines

1 Preexilic Period

2 Postexilic Period

3 New Testament Period


The Exodus Journey

The Divided Kingdoms of Israel and Judah, ca. 922 BCE

Mediterranean World, ca. 721-587 BCE

Roman Empire in the First Century CE

Palestine at the Time of Jesus

Paul's Journeys

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