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This best-selling nonsectarian guide is designed for students undertaking their first systematic study of the Bible. Placing each book of the Old Testament, Apocrypha, and the New Testament fully in its historical and cultural context,Understanding the Bibleacquaints readers with the content as well as the major themes of each biblical book, and familiarizes them with the goals and methods of important scholarship.
Table of Contents
|The Bible: An Overview|
|The Process of Formation: How the Bible Was Transmitted, Canonized, and Translated|
|The Hebrew Bible: Tanakh, or Old Testament|
|Photo Essay - Mesopotamia: Fountainhead of Biblical Tradition|
|The Ancient Near East: The Environment That Produced the Bible|
|The Torah: Five Books of Divine Teaching|
|Photo Essay - Archaeology and the Bible|
|The Prophets (Nevi'im) I: The Story of Israel from the Promised Land to Exile|
|The Prophets (Nevi'im) II: Individual Spokespersons for God|
|Photo Essay - Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon|
|The Writings (Kethuvim): Books of Poetry, Wisdom, Short Fiction, Apocalyptic Visions, and Sacred History|
|Books of the Second Canon: The Apocrypha|
|Between the Two Testaments: Roman Power, Greek Culture and the Growth of Multiple Judaisms|
|The New Testament: The Christian-Greek Scriptures|
|Photo Essay - Archaeological Sites and Artifacts Associated with Jesus' Life|
|The New Testament: A Preview of the Gospels|
|The Gospels: Four Portraits of Jesus|
|Photo Essay - Diverse Portraits of Jesus|
|The Continuing Quest for the Historical Jesus|
|An Account of Christian Origins and the Pauline Letters|
|Photo Essay - Paul and His World|
|General Epistles and a Vision of End Time|
|Our Biblical Legacy: Evolving Concepts of God|
|Glossary of Major Biblical Characters, Terms, and Concepts|
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