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Forged: Writing in the Name of God--Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are
Forged: Writing in the Name of God--Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are
by Bart D Ehrman
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The Untold Story of Forgery in the Bible In Forged, leading Bible authority Bart D. Ehrman exposes one of the most unsettling ironies of the early Christian tradition: the use of deception to establish the truth. With the scholarly expertise and... (read more)

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Reading the Bible Again for First Time : Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally (01 Edition)
Reading the Bible Again for First Time : Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally (01 Edition)
by Marcus J. Borg
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One of the vital challenges facing thoughtful people today is how to read the Bible faithfully without abandoning our sense of truth and history. Reading the Bible Again for the First Time provides a much-needed solution to the problem of how to have a... (read more)

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Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
by Bart D Ehrman
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When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In... (read more)

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Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bib
Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bib
by David Plotz
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“Hilarious. . . . Its Cliff Notes for Scripture—screenplay by Plotz, story by God. . . . In the end, though, the book is made by the spirit of the writer.” — The New York Times Book Review “Like the Bible itself... (read more)

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The Hidden Gospel
The Hidden Gospel
by Neil Douglas-klotz
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In two previous books, Neil Douglas-Klotz pioneered a radical new way of translating the words of Jesus---filtering them through the imagistic worldview of the Aramaic language which Jesus himself spoke. Seen through this lens, familiar sayings such as... (read more)

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The Lost Gospel: The Book of Q and Christian Origins
The Lost Gospel: The Book of Q and Christian Origins
by Burton L Mack
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Chapter OneFinding the ShardsIn modern times adventurers, seekers of treasure, and archeologists have discovered many ancient writings in ruins, caves, and old monastery libraries. Some of these finds have been early manuscripts of well-known writings... (read more)

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Whose Bible Is It?: A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages
Whose Bible Is It?: A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages
by Jaroslav Pelikan
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Jaroslav Pelikan, widely regarded as one of the most distinguished historians of our day, now provides a clear and engaging account of the Bible’s journey from oral narrative to Hebrew and Greek text to today’s countless editions. Pelikan... (read more)

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The Bible: A Biography (Books That Changed the World)
The Bible: A Biography (Books That Changed the World)
by Karen Armstrong
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Part of the Books that Changed the World series, this is a great overview of the history, writing, and translations of the Bible. Armstrong never fails to entertain and impress.... (read more)

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Abraham: The First Historical Biography
Abraham: The First Historical Biography
by David Rosenberg
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The world's major religions-Judaism, Christianity, and Islam-find a common root in one man: Abraham. Yet Abraham looms so large in the realm of world religions that he has remained a ward of the Divine rather than a flesh-and-blood citizen of Humanity... (read more)

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Bad Girls of the Bible: And What We Can Learn from Them
Bad Girls of the Bible: And What We Can Learn from Them
by Liz Curtis Higgs
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Women everywhere marvel at those “good girls” in Scripture-Sarah, Mary, Esther-but on most days, thats not who they see when they look in the mirror. Most women (if theyre honest) see the selfishness of Sapphira or the deception of Delilah... (read more)

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God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible
God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible
by Adam Nicolson
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A net of complex currents flowed across Jacobean England. This was the England of Shakespeare, Jonson and Bacon; of the Gunpowder Plot; the worst outbreak of the plague England had ever seen; Arcadian landscapes; murderous, toxic slums; and, above all... (read more)

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Linguistics and Biblical Interpretation
Linguistics and Biblical Interpretation
by Peter Cotterell
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In this introduction to the use of linguistics in biblical interpretation, Peter Cotterell and Max Turner focus on the concept of meaning, the significance of author, text, and reader, and the use of discourse analysis.... (read more)

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God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question -- Why We Suffer
God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question -- Why We Suffer
by Bart D. Ehrman
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In Heretics Jonathan Wright charts the history of dissent in the Christian Church through the stories of some of its most emblematic hereticsfrom Arius, a fourth-century Libyan cleric who doubted the very divinity of Christ, to more successful heretics... (read more)

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An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics: The Search for Meaning
An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics: The Search for Meaning
by Walter C Kaiser
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This introductory textbook is intended for upper division college and seminary courses on biblical hermeneutics.... (read more)

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Is the Bible True?: How Modern Debates and Discoveries Affirm the Essence of the Scriptures
Is the Bible True?: How Modern Debates and Discoveries Affirm the Essence of the Scriptures
by Jeffery L Sheler
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Part One The Bible and History Chapter 1 Centuries of Conflict --The Battle for the BibleIn the beginning was the Word.John 1:1 Late in the second century ce, during a relative lull in Rome's violent persecution of the early church, a Platonist... (read more)

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Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church
Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church
by Lauren Drain
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"A move with her family to Topeka, Kans., in 2001 precipitated years of immersion in a virulently antigay, hate-fueled church, which Drain, now in her late 20s, depicts in this somewhat incongruously matter-of-fact, emotionally one-note memoir. The Drain... (read more)

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How To Read the Bible in Changing Times (11 Edition)
How To Read the Bible in Changing Times (11 Edition)
by Mark L. Strauss
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Many find it difficult to take words that were written thousands of years ago and apply them to twenty-first-century life in the Western world. How do we read God's unchanging Word in a world that is increasingly defined by change? How to Read the Bible... (read more)

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The Origins of Christianity: A Historical Introduction to the New Testament (Oxford Bible)
The Origins of Christianity: A Historical Introduction to the New Testament (Oxford Bible)
by Schuyler Brown
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The life and death of Jesus of Nazareth and the beginnings of the movement which venerated him are of profound religious significance to Christian believers today. These events are also part of our common history and have had enormous influence on the... (read more)

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Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary)
Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary)
by David Platt
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Edited by David Platt, Daniel L. Akin, and Tony Merida, this new commentary series, projected to be 48 volumes, takes a Christ- centered approach to expositing each book of the Bible. Rather than a verse-by-verse approach, the authors have crafted... (read more)

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God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible
God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible
by Adam Nicolson
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A network of complex currents flowed across Jacobean England. This was the England of Shakespeare, Jonson, and Bacon; the era of the Gunpowder Plot and the worst outbreak of the plague. Jacobean England was both more godly and less godly than it had ever... (read more)

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