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The Bible as Literature An Introduction

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Edition:
3rd
ISBN13:

9780195092851

ISBN10:
0195092856
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/4/1996
Publisher(s):
Oxford University Press

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Summary

As in the widely popular Second Edition, this comprehensive and systematic text approaches the Bible from a literary/historical perspective, and studies the work as a body of writing produced by real people who intended to convey messages to a real audience. Avoiding assessments of the Bible's truth or authority, the authors maintain a rigorously objective tone as they discuss such major issues as the forms and strategies found in biblical writing, the actual historical and physical settings of that writing, the process of canon formation, the sources of the Pentateuch, and the nature of such literary biblical genres as prophecy, apocalypse, and gospel. Each chapter is an independent yet related essay, and the Third Edition has been updated and enhanced by two new chapters: "Ancient Near Eastern Literature and the Bible" and "The Text of the Bible." In addition, the reading lists following each chapter have been completely updated in order to reflect the most recent scholarship. The result is an easy-to-use, exciting presentation of the art of the Bible that is indispensable to students and accessible to readers of all kinds.

Author Biography

John Gabel and Charles Wheeler are Emeritus Professors of English at The Ohio State University. Anthony York is Estelle Hunt Associate Professor of Biblical Literature at the University of Cincinnati.

Table of Contents

To the Reader ix
I The Bible as Literature
3(14)
II Literary Forms and Strategies in the Bible
17(26)
III Ancient Near Eastern Literature and the Bible
43(20)
IV The Bible and History
63(12)
V The Physical Setting of the Bible
75(18)
VI The Formation of the Canon
93(15)
VII The Composition of the Pentateuch
108(16)
VIII The Prophetic Writings
124(13)
IX The Wisdom Literature
137(18)
X The Apocalyptic Literature
155(16)
XI The Intertestamental Period
171(21)
XII Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha: The Outside Books
192(17)
XIII The Gospels
209(21)
XIV Acts and the Letters
230(23)
XV The Text of the Bible
253(14)
XVI Translating the Bible
267(23)
XVII The Religious Use and Interpretation of the Bible
290(21)
Appendix I: The Name of Israel's God 311(4)
Appendix II: Writing in Biblical Times 315(10)
Index 325


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