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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: 9780767405935
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 610
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.84 (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 American Academy of Religion and the Jesus Seminar, his publications include Understanding the Bible, The Old Testament: An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, and The New Testament: A Student’s Introduction. He has also written books on geologic hazards, including Fire and Ice: The Cascade and Mono Lake Volcanoes, Agents of Chaos: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Other Geologic Hazards, and, for National Geographic Books, Restless Earth. He contributed the chapter on “Archaeology and Volcanism” to the new Encyclopedia of Volcanoes (Academic Press, 2000).

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - The Bible: An Overview

Chapter 2 - The Process of Formation: How the Bible Was Transmitted, Canonized, and Translated
Part One - The Hebrew Bible: Tanakh, or Old Testament

Photo Essay - Mesopotamia: Fountainhead of Biblical Tradition


Chapter 3 - The Ancient Near East: The Environment That Produced the Bible

Chapter 4 - The Torah: Five Books of Divine Teaching

Photo Essay - Archaeology and the Bible

Chapter 5 - The Prophets (Nevi'im) I: The Story of Israel from the Promised Land to Exile

Chapter 6 - The Prophets (Nevi'im) II: Individual Spokespersons for God

Photo Essay - Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon


Chapter 7 - The Writings (Kethuvim): Books of Poetry, Wisdom, Short Fiction, Apocalyptic Visions, and Sacred History

Chapter 8 - Books of the Second Canon: The Apocrypha

Chapter 9 - Between the Two Testaments: Roman Power, Greek Culture and the Growth of Multiple Judaisms
Part II - The New Testament: The Christian-Greek Scriptures

Photo Essay - Archaeological Sites and Artifacts Associated with Jesus' Life

Chapter 10 - The New Testament: A Preview of the Gospels

Chapter 11 - The Gospels: Four Portraits of Jesus

Photo Essay - Diverse Portraits of Jesus


Chapter 12 - The Continuing Quest for the Historical Jesus

Chapter 13 - An Account of Christian Origins and the Pauline Letters

Photo Essay - Paul and His World


Chapter 14 - General Epistles and a Vision of End Time

Chapter 15 - Our Biblical Legacy: Evolving Concepts of God

Glossary of Major Biblical Characters, Terms, and Concepts

Selected Bibliography

Index
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