The Bible For Dummies [NOOK Book]

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Ninety percent of Americans own a copy of the Bible, and while it’s the most widely read book, it’s also the least understood. Regardless of your religion, understanding the Bible brings much of Western art, literature, and public discourse into greater focus—from Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper” painting to the Wachowski brothers’ The Matrix movies. People have historically turned to religion to deal with tragedy and change, and with the right insight, the Bible can be an ...
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The Bible For Dummies

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Overview

Ninety percent of Americans own a copy of the Bible, and while it’s the most widely read book, it’s also the least understood. Regardless of your religion, understanding the Bible brings much of Western art, literature, and public discourse into greater focus—from Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper” painting to the Wachowski brothers’ The Matrix movies. People have historically turned to religion to deal with tragedy and change, and with the right insight, the Bible can be an accessible, helpful guide to life’s big questions.

The Bible For Dummies appeals to people of all faiths, as well as those who don’t practice any particular religion, by providing interfaith coverage of the entire Bible and the often fascinating background information that makes the Bible come alive. You’ll find answers to such questions as:

  • Where did the Bible come from?
  • Who wrote the Bible?
  • How is the Bible put together?

Follow the history of the Bible from its beginning thousands of years ago as tattered scrolls to its status as the bestseller of all time. The Bible For Dummies covers these topics and more:

  • Ten people in the Bible you should know
  • The Hebrew Bible
  • The Apocrypha’s hidden treasures
  • What’s new about the New Testament
  • Israel’s wisdom, literature, and love poetry
  • The Bible’s enduring influence
  • The prophets: more than fortunetellers

Discover the world’s all-time bestseller in an entirely new light. Whether you’re interested in broadening your spiritual horizons, uncovering the symbolism of Western culture, or gaining a deeper understanding of the book you grew up reading, The Bible For Dummies has all the information you need to navigate this ancient and fascinating book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118053690
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/10/2011
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 76,193
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Geoghegan, PhD and Michael Homan, PhD have authored and coauthored numerous books and articles about the Bible.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: What the Bible Is All About.

Chapter 1: From Moses to Modernity: Introducing the Good Book.

Chapter 2: Lights, Camera, Action! Previewing the Bible's Stage and Storyline.

Part II: Exploring the Hebrew Bible-The Old Testament.

Chapter 3: Creation, Paradise Lost, and Other Mysteries of Life (Genesis 1-3).

Chapter 4: The Fallout from "The Fall" (Genesis 4-11).

Chapter 5: The Babylonian Hillbillies: The Adventures of Abraham and His Family (Genesis 12-25:18).

Chapter 6: The Birth of a Nation: Isaac, Jacob, and Their Many Children (Genesis 25:19-50).

Chapter 7: Holy Moses! Exploring Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

Chapter 8: An Experiment in Theocracy: Joshua, Judges, and Ruth.

Chapter 9: The King and "I Am": 1 and 2 Samuel.

Chapter 10: A Tale of Two Kingdoms: 1 and 2 Kings and 1 and 2 Chronicles.

Chapter 11: Strangers in a Strange Land: Israel in Exile with Daniel and Esther.

Chapter 12: Home for the Holidays: Returning to the Promised Land with Ezra and Nehemiah.

Chapter 13: More Than Mere Fortune-tellers: The Prophets.

Chapter 14: Israel's Wisdom Literature and Love Poetry: Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs.

Chapter 15: Rockin' the Temple: Music in Ancient Israel (Psalms).

Part III: Revealing the Bible's Hidden Treasures in the Apocrypha.

Chapter 16: Rebels with a Cause: The Books of 1 and 2 Maccabees.

Chapter 17: The Apocrypha's Other "Hidden Treasures".

Part IV: Discovering What's New About the New Testament.

Chapter 18: From Birth to Baptism: Jesus Prepares for the Ministry (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John).

Chapter 19: Jesus Christ Superstar: Jesus' "Ministry Years" (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John).

Chapter 20: The Early Christian Church (Acts 1-8,10-12, and 15).

Chapter 21: The Traveling Salesman of Tarsus: Paul's Life and Letters.

Chapter 22: Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman: The New Testament's General Letters.

Chapter 23: The Beginning of the End: The Revelation of John.

Part V: That Was Then, This Is Now: Discovering the Bible's Enduring Influence.

Chapter 24: The Bible and the Abrahamic Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Chapter 25: Michelangelo, Milton, and Movies: Art, Literature, Life, and the Bible.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 26: Ten+ People You Should Know from the Bible.

Chapter 27: Ten Holidays You Can Take Thanks to the Bible.

Index.
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  • Posted December 16, 2011

    Loved it!

    I have had a hard time with all the the, tho and theys in the Bible. This is a great breakdown of what I have been trying to interpret. Love the humor transposed as well.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2003

    great resource

    This book provides a clear and in depth look at the stories in the bible with easy to understand explinations. I definately recomend it, expecially if you have to read the bible for a summer assignment as I did. Its not to long and answers many questions which people ask that come up as you read.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Asks quick questions

    I use this a quick reference

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    I'm glad I bought the book.

    It will help me to complete reading the Bible.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    easier to understand Easter

    I pick up the book and read from it all over the place I don't start with page one I go to the book of the Bible that I want to learn more about! Like it was easier to read about Easter then going through the actual Bible and reading Matthew Mark Luke and John! and the print was Large enough too!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2007

    Be Very Careful

    There is a statement listed on page 150 of this book that is wrong. It asks, Who Really Killed Goliath? It states, according to 2 Samuel 21:19, a man named Elhanan also killed Goliath. The scripture says Elhanan killed the brother of Goliath of Gath. Why would the author(s) make such a statement if the Word says different.

    4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Idk

    Just saying in not just a big speech so let me summon thi down love the lord with all ur haert becaus not of a bible but because of god wanted u here with him im a child and already love the lord so much u cant even emagen so rember god loves everyone no matter what u do say or see god loves you with all his haert

    2 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    Some of this book that this person made is not the full trouth do not read

    If you want the real bible then buy it at the store or at church or just go to church and find the real bible out

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2013

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)lifechangeing

    An amazing account of how jesus died for are sins

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