Introduction to the Bible

Introduction to the Bible

by Christine Hayes
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Yale University Press


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Introduction to the Bible

This book examines the small library of 24 books common to all Jewish and Christian Bibles—books that preserve the efforts of diverse writers overa span of many centuries to make sense of their personal experiences and those of their people, the ancient Israelites. Professor Christine Hayes guides her readers through the complexities of this polyphonous literature that has served as a foundational pillar of Western civilization, underscoring the variety and even disparities among the voices that speak in the biblical texts.

Biblical authors wrote in many contexts and responded to a sweeping range of crises and questions concerningissues that were political, economic, historical, cultural, philosophical, religious, and moral. In probing chapters devoted to each of the 24 books of the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament, Hayes reconstructs the meanings and messages of eachbook and encourages a deeper appreciation of the historical and cultural settings of ancient biblical literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300181791
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Series: The Open Yale Courses Series
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 315,298
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Christine Hayes is Robert F. and Patricia Ross Weis Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University. She is the author of Between the Babylonian and Palestinian Talmuds, Gentile Impurities and Jewish Identities, and The Emergence of Judaism. She lives in Hamden, CT.

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