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Overview

This best-selling nonsectarian guide is designed for students undertaking their first systematic study of the Bible. Placing each book of the Old Testament, Apocrypha, and the New Testament fully in its historical and cultural context, Understanding the Bible acquaints readers with the content as well as the major themes of each biblical book, and familiarizes them with the goals and methods of important scholarship.

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A nonsectarian guide for students undertaking their first systematic study of the Bible, giving information on archaeological data and historical background, and providing material on the date, authorship, and theological content of each book of the Old and New Testaments. Learning features include review questions, and a glossary of major characters, terms, and concepts. This fifth edition includes a new section illustrating methods and goals of modern biblical scholarship, expanded coverage of authorship, and a more detailed survey of ancient history. Harris is affiliated with California State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073407449
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 1/20/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen L. Harris is Professor Emeritus of Humanities and Religious Studies at California State University, Sacramento, where he served ten years as department chair. A Woodrow Wilson Fellow, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. A member of the Society of Biblical Literature, his publications include Understanding the Bible (8th edition, 2011); The Old Testament: An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (with Robert Platzner); Classical Mythology: Images and Insights (with Gloria Platzner); Exploring the Bible; and Fire Mountains of the West: The Cascade and Mono Lake Volcanoes, a survey of volcanic hazards on the U.S. Pacific Coast; and for National Geographic Books, Restless Earth, a study of global earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. He contributed the chapter on “Archaeology and Volcanism” to the Encyclopedia of Volcanoes (Academic Press, 2000).

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Table of Contents

Preface
List of Boxes, Tables, and Illustrations
CHAPTER 1 - The Bible: An Overview
Why we Read the Bible
The Old Testament and the Hebrew Bible (Tanak)
The New Testament
How the Bible Was Formed and Handed Down to Us
How the Bible Became Available in English
The Bible and Modern Scholarship
PART I: THE HEBREW BIBLE (OLD TESTAMENT)
CHAPTER 2 - History and Geography of the Near East
Prologe to the Biblical World
Mesopotamia, Site of the World's First Urban Civilization
Egypt, The First National State
Canaan and Israel
Alexander's Conquests and the Hellenistic Era
The Roman Occupation of Judea
The Promised Land
CHAPTER 3 - The God of Israel: A Composite Portrait
The Names of God
Yahweh: Leader of the Divine Council
Roles and Characteristics of the Biblical God
God in the New Testament
CHAPTER 4 - The Torah: Five Books of Divine Instruction (The Pentateuch)
Who Wrote the "Books of Moses"?
The Documentary Hypotheses: Four Sources of the Pentateuch)
(and more...)
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