Engaging the Christian Scriptures: An Introduction to the Bible

Engaging the Christian Scriptures: An Introduction to the Bible

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Overview

This readable, affordable, and faith-friendly introduction to the Bible aids students as they engage in their first informed reading of the biblical text in an academic setting. The authors, who have significant undergraduate teaching experience, approach the Christian Scriptures from historical, literary, and theological perspectives. The book is designed for a one-semester course and is meant to be read alongside the biblical text, enabling students to become educated readers of the Bible. In the process, it introduces critical perspectives and approaches without undermining the theological claims found in the Christian Scriptures. The book includes text boxes, illustrations, maps, and suggestions for further reading. A test bank for professors is available through Baker Academic's Textbook eSources.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441259455
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/11/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,014,790
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

Andrew E. Arterbury (PhD, Baylor University) is associate professor of Christian Scriptures at Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, in Waco, Texas. W. H. Bellinger Jr. (PhD, University of Cambridge) is the W. Marshall and Lulie Craig Chairholder in Bible, professor of religion, and chair of the Department of Religion at Baylor. Derek S. Dodson (PhD, Baylor University) is senior lecturer in religion at Baylor.
W. H. Bellinger Jr. (PhD, University of Cambridge) is the W. Marshall and Lulie Craig Chairholder in Bible, professor of religion, and chair of the Department of Religion at Baylor University. He is on the editorial board of Catholic Biblical Quarterly and has authored several volumes on the Psalms.
Derek S. Dodson (PhD, Baylor University) is senior lecturer in religion at Baylor University.

Table of Contents

Contents

1. Places to Begin
Why Read the Bible?
How Did We Get the Bible?
How Shall We Read the Bible?
Suggested Reading
2. Pentateuch
The Old Testament World
Primeval History
Ancestral Stories
Exodus and Covenant
Sojourn in the Wilderness
Theological Reflection: Creation and Covenant
Suggested Reading
3. Former and Latter Prophets
Historical and Social Contexts of the Prophets
Settlement in the Land (Joshua and Judges)
Movement to Monarchy (Samuel and Kings)
The Latter Prophets
Exile and Beyond
Theological Reflection: Crises of Monarchy and Exile
Suggested Reading
4. Writings
The Context of the Writings
Poetry and Worship
Poetry and Wisdom
Daniel
The Five Scrolls
Theological Reflection: Faith and Culture
Suggested Reading
5. Between the Testaments
Sociohistorical Developments
Religious Beliefs and Practices in Antiquity
Suggested Reading
6. The Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles
The World of the Gospels
The Genre and Literary Tradition of the Gospels
The Gospel according to Mark
The Gospel according to Matthew
The Gospel according to Luke
The Gospel according to John
The Acts of the Apostles
Theological Reflection: Unity and Diversity
Suggested Reading
7. Paul and the Pauline Tradition
Paul's Life, Ministry, and Letters
The First Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians
The Letter of Paul to the Galatians
The First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians
The Letter of Paul to the Romans
Additional Undisputed Letters of Paul
The Pauline Tradition
Theological Reflection: The Contours of Paul's Theology
Suggested Reading
8. The General Letters and Revelation
The World of Early Christians
The Letter to the Hebrews
The Letter of James
The First Letter of Peter
The Second Letter of Peter and the Letter of Jude
The Johannine Letters
The Revelation to John
Theological Reflection: A Fitting Conclusion
Suggested Reading
Indexes

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