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Exploring the Bibleprovides students with a clear, concise, and accessible introduction to the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. The book combines current scholarship with a fresh, readable analysis of the biblical literature, placing each document in its socio-historical context. Student-friendly, it facilitates learning with helpful pedagogical features, ranging from "Key Topics/Themes" summarizing crucial information at the head of each chapter to an extensive glossary of essential terms at the end of the book. At the close of each chapter, "Questions for Discussion and Review" contribute to stimulating class discussions. "Recommended Readings" emphasize the most current--and easily accessible--references for further study.
Table of Contents
|An Introduction to the Bible and the Biblical World|
|The Bible: An Overview|
|How the Bible Was Created: Transmission, Canonization, and Translation|
|The Ancient Near East: The Environment that Produced the Bible|
|The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament|
|A Survey of the Torah (Divine Teaching): Themes and Theories|
|In the Beginning: The Book of Genesis|
|Freedom and Responsibility: The Book of Exodus|
|Law, Holiness, and Rebellion: The Books of Leviticus and Numbers|
|A New Vision of Moses' Teaching: The Book of Deuteronomy|
|The Story of Ancient Israel: How the Promised Land Was Gained and Lost|
|Faith and War: The Book of Joshua|
|Yahweh's Warriors: The Book of Judges|
|The Rise of David and the Birth of a Kingdom: The Books of 1 and 2 Samuel|
|From the Glory of Solomon to Exile in Babylon: The Books of 1 and 2 Kings|
|The Prophets: Proclaiming the Word of Yahweh|
|Prophets to the Northern Kingdom: The Oracles of Amos and Hosea|
|Prophets of the Assyrian Threat: The Oracles of Isaiah, Micah, Zephaniah, and Nahum|
|Prophets of the Babylonian Crisis: The Oracles of Jeremiah, Habakkuk, and Obadiah|
|Prophets in Exile: The Oracles of Ezekiel and Second Isaiah|
|After the Exile: Israel's Last Prophets: The Oracles of Haggai, Zechariah, Third Isaiah, Joel, Malachi, and Jonah|
|The Writings: Israel's Changing Life with God|
|The Postexilic Readjustment: The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah|
|Worshiping at the Second Temple: Hebrew Poetry and the Book of Psalms|
|Israel's Wisdom Writers: The Books of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes|
|Festival Scrolls: The Books of Ruth, Song of Songs, Lamentations, and Esther|
|Reinterpreting Israel's History: The Books of 1 and 2 Chronicles|
|Keeping God's Law in a Hostile World: Revolt of the Maccabees and the Book of Daniel|
|The "Second Canon": Books of the Apocrypha|
|The New Testament|
|The World in Which Christianity Originated: Roman Power, Greek Culture, and the Cult of Deified Rulers|
|First-Century Judaism: Diversity, Messianic Expectations, and the Birth of Christianity|
|Telling Jesus' Story: The Gospel of Mark|
|The Synoptic Problem: The Gospel of Matthew and Its Relationship to the Gospels of Mark and Luke|
|Jesus as a Savior for "All Nations": The Gospel of Luke|
|Another Way of Telling Jesus' Story: The Gospel of John|
|An Account of Early Christianity: The Book of Acts|
|Paul and the Gentile Mission: Letters to Churches in Thessalonica, Corinth, Galatia, Rome, Philippi, and Colossae|
|Continuing the Pauline Tradition: 2 Thessalonians, Colossians, Ephesians, and the Pastoral Epistles|
|General Letters on Faith and Behavior: Hebrews and the Catholic Epistles|
|Continuing the Apocalyptic Hope: The Book of Revelation|
|Our Judeo-Christian Heritage: The Biblical Concept of God Glossary|
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