The Bible as Literature An Introduction

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1996-01-04
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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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
II Literary Forms and Strategies in the Bible
III Ancient Near Eastern Literature and the Bible
IV The Bible and History
V The Physical Setting of the Bible
VI The Formation of the Canon
VII The Composition of the Pentateuch
VIII The Prophetic Writings
IX The Wisdom Literature
X The Apocalyptic Literature
XI The Intertestamental Period
XII Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha: The Outside Books
XIII The Gospels
XIV Acts and the Letters
XV The Text of the Bible
XVI Translating the Bible
XVII The Religious Use and Interpretation of the Bible
Appendix I: The Name of Israel's God 311(4)
Appendix II: Writing in Biblical Times 315(10)
Index 325

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