Exploring the Bible

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-02-26
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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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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