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Understanding the Bible

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Publisher Comments:

This best-selling nonsectarian guide is designed for students undertaking their first systematic study of the Bible. It is the only single-volume introductory textbook that places 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.

Book News Annotation:

This introductory textbook places each book of the Old Testament, Apocrypha, and New Testament within its historical and cultural context. In addition to familiarizing students with the Bible's contents, Harris (California State U., Sacramento) acquaints them with the goals and methods of contemporary biblical scholarship. New to the seventh edition are an attractive color format and several photo essays highlighting archaeological sites, artifacts, or artworks related to the Old and New Testaments.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

This introductory textbook places each book of the Old Testament, Apocrypha, and New Testament within its historical and cultural context. In addition to familiarizing students with the Bible's contents, Harris (California State U., Sacramento) acquaints them with the goals and methods of contemporary biblical scholarship. New to the seventh edition are an attractive color format and several photo essays highlighting archaeological sites, artifacts, or artworks related to the Old and New Testaments. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About 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 Students 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).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – The Bible: An Overview

Chapter 2 – The Process of Formation: How the Bible Came to Be Written, Transmitted, Canonized, and Translated

Part One – The Hebrew Bible: Tanak, or Old Testament

Chapter 3 – The Ancient Near East: The Environment that Produced the Bible

Chapter 4 – The God of Israel: An Evolving Portrait

Chapter 5 – The Torah: Five Books of Divine Teaching

Chapter 6 – The Prophets (Nevi'im) I: The Story of Israel: From Promised Land to Exile

Chapter 7 – The Prophets (Nevi'im) II: Individual Spokespersons for God

Chapter 8 – The Writings (Kethuvim): Books of Poetry, Wisdom, Short Fiction, Apocalyptic Visions, and Sacred History

Chapter 9 – Books of the Second Canon: The Apocrypha

Chapter 10 – Between the Two Testaments: Greek Culture and the Growth of Multiple Judaisms

Part II – The New Testament

Chapter 11 – Books of the New Testament: An Overview

Chapter 12 – The Gospels: Four Portraits of Jesus

(and more...)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780072965483
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Langua
Subject:
Bible - General
Author:
Harris, Stephen
Author:
Harris Stephen
Subject:
Biblical Criticism & Interpretation - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
7
Publication Date:
February 2006
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
9.92x7.92x.82 in. 2.62 lbs.

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Religion » Christianity » Bibles » Handbooks
Religion » Christianity » General

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