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In The Bible: A Historical and Literary Introduction, renowned biblical scholar and New York Times Bestselling author Bart D. Ehrman presents his long-awaited survey of the Bible. Comprehensive yet succinct, current in scholarship, rich in pedagogical tools, and easily accessible to students of all backgrounds, this is an ideal textbook for one-semester courses on the Bible. Ehrman covers every book in the canon, including the Apocrypha, explaining the historical and literary problems posed by the biblical texts and showing students how to analyze scholarly evidence and conclusions.
* An exceptionally accessible and engaging writing style that vividly brings the Bible to life
* Full-color illustrations throughout, including numerous maps, time lines, charts, and photos
* "What to Expect" boxes previewing each chapter, "At a Glance" boxes summarizing chapters or large sections, and additional boxes presenting intriguing issues in more depth
* "Take a Stand" questions designed to help students synthesize the material in each chapter
* A unique appendix on the canon and text of the Bible
* An Instructor's Manual with Computerized Test Bank on CD that offers numerous teaching resources
* A Companion Website at www.oup.com/us/ehrman containing numerous resources for students and instructors
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Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has written or edited more than twenty-five books, including Forgery and Counterforgery (2013), The New Testament, Fifth Edition (2012), and The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, Second Edition (2011), all published by Oxford University Press.
Table of Contents
Each chapter ends with a "Take a Stand" section and Suggestions for Further Reading. Preface List of Boxes List of Maps Chapter 1: What is the Bible? And Why Is It So Hard to Understand? Why Study the Bible? What is the Bible? Putting the Bible on the Map Challenges for Studying the Bible Conclusion Excursus Chapter 2: The Book of Genesis The Contents of Genesis and the Problems They Pose Authorship: Who Wrote the Pentateuch? Oral Traditions and Cultural Parallels Conclusion Chapter 3: From Egypt to the Promised Land: Exodus to Deuteronomy The Book of Exodus The Law of Moses (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers) The Book of Numbers The Book of Deuteronomy Chapter 4: The Deuteronomistic History: Joshua to 2 Kings The Deuteronomisitic History The Book of Joshua The Book of Judges 1 and 2 Samuel 1 and 2 Kings Chapter 5: The Early Israelite Prophets The Rise of the Prophets Amost of Tekoa Isaiah of Jerusalem Jeremiah Hosea Micah Zephaniah Habakkuk Chapter 6: The Historians and Prophets of Exile and Return Ezra and Nehemiah Exilic and Post-Exilic Prophets Second Isaiah Joel Obadiah Haggai Zechariah Third Isaiah Malachi The Later History of Judea Chapter 7: The Poets and Story Tellers of Ancient Israel The Nature of Hebrew Poetry The Book of Psalms The Book of Lamentations The Song of Songs Storytellers in Ancient Israel Ruth Esther Jonah Daniel 1-6 1 and 2 Chronicles Chapter 8: Wisdom and Apocalyptic Literature Introduction to the Wisdom Literature Proverbs Job Ecclesiastes Apocalyptic Literature Chapter 9: The World of Jesus and His Followers One Remarkable Life The Greco-Roman World Judaism in the Times of Jesus Other Jewish Literature of the Period: The Deuterocanonical or Apocryphal Books Putting the New Testament and Early Christianity on the Map Chapter 10: The Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark, and Luke The Storyline of the Synoptic Gospels The Synoptic Problem The Gospels as Biographies The Gospel of Mark The Gospel of Matthew The Gospel of Luke The Synoptic Gospels and the Problem of History Chapter 11: The Gospel of John, Later Gospels, and the Historical Jesus The Gospel of John The Other Gospels The Historical Jesus Jesus the Apocalyptic Prophet Chapter 12: The Life and Letters of Paul Problems in the Study of Paul A Brief Biography of Paul 1 Thessalonians 1 Corinthians 2 Corinthians Galatians Phillipians Philemon Romans Conclusion Chapter 13: The Acts of the Apostles and the Deutero-Pauline Epistles Paul During and After the New Testament The Acts of the Apostles The Deutero-Pauline Epistles 2 Thessalonians Colossians Ephesians The Pastoral Epistles Chapter 14: The General Epistles and the Book of Revelation The Letter to the Hebrews EXCURSUS: Jews and Christians in the Ancient World The Letter of James 1 Peter EXCURSUS: The Persecution of the Early Christians 2 Peter 1, 2, and 3 John Jude EXCURSUS: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity The Apocalypse of John Chapter 15: Appendix. The Canon and Text of the Bible The Canon of the Hebrew Bible The Canon of the New Testament The Text of the Hebrew Bible The Text of the New Testament Glossary Credits Index