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Understanding the Bible


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This best-selling nonsectarian guide is designed for students undertaking their first systematic study of the Bible. Placing 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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - The Bible: An Overview

Chapter 2 - The Process of Formation: How the Bible Was Transmitted, Canonized, and Translated

Part One - The Hebrew Bible: Tanakh, or Old Testament

Photo Essay - Mesopotamia: Fountainhead of Biblical Tradition

Chapter 3 - The Ancient Near East: The Environment That Produced the Bible

Chapter 4 - The Torah: Five Books of Divine Teaching

Photo Essay - Archaeology and the Bible

Chapter 5 - The Prophets (Nevi'im) I: The Story of Israel from the Promised Land to Exile

Chapter 6 - The Prophets (Nevi'im) II: Individual Spokespersons for God

Photo Essay - Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon

Chapter 7 - The Writings (Kethuvim): Books of Poetry, Wisdom, Short Fiction, Apocalyptic Visions, and Sacred History

Chapter 8 - Books of the Second Canon: The Apocrypha

Chapter 9 - Between the Two Testaments: Roman Power, Greek Culture and the Growth of Multiple Judaisms

Part II - The New Testament: The Christian-Greek Scriptures

Photo Essay - Archaeological Sites and Artifacts Associated with Jesus' Life

Chapter 10 - The New Testament: A Preview of the Gospels

Chapter 11 - The Gospels: Four Portraits of Jesus

Photo Essay - Diverse Portraits of Jesus

Chapter 12 - The Continuing Quest for the Historical Jesus

Chapter 13 - An Account of Christian Origins and the Pauline Letters

Photo Essay - Paul and His World

Chapter 14 - General Epistles and a Vision of End Time

Chapter 15 - Our Biblical Legacy: Evolving Concepts of God

Glossary of Major Biblical Characters, Terms, and Concepts

Selected Bibliography


Product Details

Harris, Stephen L.
Harris, Stephen
Harris Stephen
Biblical Criticism & Interpretation - General
Biblical Studies - General
Bible - General
Christianity-Biblical Criticism
Publication Date:
January 2010
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
9.90x7.90x.90 in. 2.20 lbs.

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