The Back Door Introduction to the Bible

The Back Door Introduction to the Bible



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599820897
Publisher: Saint Mary's Press
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John Kaltner is associate professor of religious studies at Rhodes College.

Steven L. McKenzie is professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Rhodes College.

Table of Contents

The Back Door Introduction to the Bible


What Manner of Book Is This?

Keepin' It Real

What's Holy about the Bible?

Things That Make You Go "Hmmm . . ."

1. What "Assume" Does


Genre and Genesis

Genre and Jonah

Genre and Jesus

2. Family Values

Tube Families

Threesome and Beyond

Putting on Heirs

All in the Family

Travelers and Daughters

Households and House Churches

3. Don't Know Much about History

What Is History?

History and the Bible

A Problem of Epic Proportions

The Dirt on Archaeology

The Helping Hand of History

When in Rome . . . Or Not

4. Culture Shock

When in Rome

Circle of Trust

A Meaty Matter



Second Helping

Hair and Prayer

5. The Race Card


Jews and Gentiles: Defining Christianity

6. Is That What That Really Means?


Lefty versus Fatty

Deborah and Jael

Samson and Delilah

Jacob and Esau

David and Michal

Prophets and Kings

Paul and the Judaizers

Paul and His Accomplishments

7. Where in the World?

Places and Plots: Knowing Where You Are Helps You See

What It Means

The Lay of the Land: Geographical Formations Inform

Biblical Tales

8. All in a Name

The Name Game

A Bitter/Sweet Story

Baby Formula

Biblical Aliases

A Brief Biblical Onomasticon

9. The Real World

Profiting from the Experience

Propheting from the Experience


Other Buildings

Human Activities

Taking Stock

10. There's a Time for Everything

All in the Timing

Purim: "They Tried to Kill Us--We Won--Let's Eat!"

Rest for the Weary

Marking Time

This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land

That'll Be the Day

11. "In This Corner . . .": Competing Perspectives

Who Says?

The Wise Guys

Two Pairs of Kings

Who Do People Say He Is?

12. All You Need Is Love

What's Love Got to Do with It?

Sex, Not Sexxx

Two's Company, Three's a Crowd

The Dark Side

Jesus, the Love Guru

13. The Bible Recycled

Sample This

The Gospel Truth

In with the Old

Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!

14. Knowing the Audience

Person to Person

It's the End of the World as We Know It

Are You Talkin' to Me?


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