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The Bible As Literature: An Introduction / Edition 5

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Overview


As in the widely popular earlier editions, the latest revision of this comprehensive and systematic text approaches the Bible from a literary/historical perspective, studying it as a body of writing produced by real people who intended to convey messages to actual audiences. Avoiding assessments of the Bible's truth or authority, the authors maintain a rigorously objective tone as they discuss such major issues as the forms and strategies of biblical writing, its actual historical and physical settings, the process of canon formation, and the nature of biblical genres including prophecy, apocalypse, and gospel.
The fifth edition features a new coauthor, David Citino; a new chapter by contributor Nicola Denzey on the essential yet often overlooked role of women in the Bible; and a new appendix on modern approaches to the Bible. It also incorporates new maps, a timeline, updated bibliographies, and revised material throughout. This objective, easy-to-use, and exciting presentation of the Bible is indispensable to students and accessible to general readers.

Gabel and Wheeler study the work as a body of writing produced by real people who intended to convey messages to a real audience.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The Bible as Literature is quite broad in its approach and unique in its scope. I haven't found the same breadth in other recent introductions to the Bible as literature. [It is] concise but thorough, an excellent introduction."--Annalisa Azzoni, Vanderbilt University

"The text directly addresses fundamental concepts essential to a scholarly approach to the Bible as literature. My students are quite interested in the study of the Bible as literature, and they think of this study as essential to their lives and beliefs. By using this text, I can be a much better and more credible teacher for them."--Bené Scanlon Cox, Middle Tennessee State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195179071
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/3/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 247,667
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

The Ohio State University (Emeritus)

The Ohio State University

University of Cincinnati (Emeritus)

The Ohio State University

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Table of Contents

To the Reader
1. The Bible as Literature
2. Literary Forms and Strategies in the Bible
3. Ancient Near Eastern Literature and the Bible
4. The Bible and History
5. The Physical Setting of the Bible
6. The Formation of the Canon
7. The Composition of the Pentateuch
8. The Prophetic Writings
9. The Wisdom Literature
10. The Apocalyptic Literature
11. Judaism in the Intertestamental Period
12. The Hellenistic Background of the New Testament
13. Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha: The Outside Books
14. The Gospels
15. Acts and the Letters
16. The Text of the Bible
17. Translating the Bible
18. The Religious Use and Interpretation of the Bible
19. Women and the Bible
Appendix 1: The Name of Israel's God
Appendix 2: Writing in Biblical Times
Appendix 3: Palestine in the Intertestamental Period
Appendix 4: Varieties of Biblical Criticism
Glossary of Literary Terms
Timeline: 1000 B.C.E.-1611 C.E.
Maps
Index

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