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Overview

Stephen Harris' text is the best-selling nonsectarian guide designed for students undertaking their first systematic study of the bible, and it is the only single-volume text that provides both a comprehensive historical-cultural background for the entire biblical era and a rigorous analysis of each individual work of the Old Testament, Apocrypha, and New Testament. The purpose of the text is twofold: to acquaint readers with the content and major themes of each biblical book and to familiarize them with important contemporary 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: 9781559346559
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 558

Table of Contents

PrefaceList 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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