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How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now

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In How to Read the Bible, Harvard professor James Kugel leads the listener through the quiet revolution of recent biblical scholarship, showing how radically the interpretations of today's researchers differ from what people have always thought. The story of Adam and Eve, it turns out, was not originally about the Fall of Man, but about the move from a primitive, hunter-gatherer society to a settled, agricultural one. As for the stories of Cain and Abel, Abraham and Sarah, and Jacob and Esau, they were not about individual people at all but, rather, explanations of Israelite society as it existed centuries after these figures were said to have lived. In the earliest version of the Exodus story, Moses probably did not divide the Red Sea in half; instead, the Egyptians perished in a storm at sea. Whatever the original Ten Commandments might have been, scholars are quite sure they were different from the ones we have today. What's more, the people long supposed to have written various books of the Bible were not their real authors: David did not write the Psalms, Solomon did not write Proverbs.Such findings pose a problem for adherents of traditional, Bible-based faiths. Hiding from the discoveries of modern scholars seems dishonest, but accepting them means undermining much of the Bible's reliability and authority as the word of God. What to do? In his search for a solution, Kugel leads the listener back to ancient biblical interpreters who flourished at the end of the biblical period. Far from na?ve, these interpreters consciously set out to depart from the original meaning of the Bible's various stories and prophecies - and they, Kugel argues, hold the key to solving the dilemma of reading the Bible today. How to Read the Bible is, quite simply, the best, most original audiobook about the Bible in decades. Clear, often funny, but deeply serious in its purpose, this is a book for Christians and Jews, believers and secularists alike.

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A renowned Bible scholar and Harvard professor leads the listener, chapter by chapter, through the "quiet revolution" of recent biblical scholarship, showing time and again how radically the interpretations of today's researchers differ from what people have always thought. Unabridged 28 CDs.

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ISBN:
9781423365778
Author:
Kugel, James L.
Publisher:
Brilliance Corporation
Read by:
Foster, Mel
Read:
Foster, Mel
Subject:
Biblical Biography - Old Testament
Subject:
Biblical Criticism & Interpretation - General
Subject:
Biblical Studies - Controversial Speculation
Subject:
Biblical Studies - Exegesis & Hermeneutics
Subject:
Audiobooks
Subject:
Christianity-Biblical Criticism
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
Compact Disc
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.40x6.60x2.30 in. 1.45 lbs.
Media Run Time:
160

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