Understanding the Bible

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-02-03
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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This best-selling nonsectarian guide is designed for students undertaking their first systematic study of the Bible. It is the only single-volume introductory textbook that places each book of the Old Testament, Apocrypha, and the New Testament fully in its historical and cultural context. Understanding the Bible acquaints 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

Chapter 1 The Bible: An Overview

Chapter 2 The Process of Formation: How the Bible Came to Be Written, Transmitted, Canonized, and Translated

Part One The Hebrew Bible: Tanak, or Old Testament

Photo Essay - Mesopotamia: Fountainhead of Biblical Tradition

Chapter 3 The Ancient Near East: The Environment that Produced the Bible

Chapter 4 The God of Israel: An Evolving Portrait

Chapter 5 The Torah: Five Books of Divine Teaching

Photo Essay - Archaeology of the Bible

Chapter 6 The Prophets (Nevi'im) I: The Story of Israel: From Promised Land to Exile

Chapter 7 The Prophets (Nevi'im) II: Individual Spokespersons for God

Photo Essay - Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon

Chapter 8 The Writings (Kethuvim): Books of Poetry, Wisdom, Short Fiction, Apocalyptic Visions, and Sacred History

Chapter 9 Books of the Second Canon: The Apocrypha

Chapter 10 Between the Two Testaments: Greek Culture and the Growth of Multiple Judaisms

Part II The New Testament

Photo Essay - Archaeological Sites and Artifacts Associated with Jesus' Life

Chapter 11 Books of the New Testament: An Overview

Chapter 12 The Gospels: Four Portraits of Jesus

Photo Essay - Diverse Portraits of Jesus

Chapter 13 The Continuing Quest for the Historical Jesus

Chapter 14 An Account of Christian Origins and the Pauline Letters

Photo Essay - Paul and His World

Chapter 15 General Letters and a Vision of End Time

Chapter 16 Interpreting the Judeo-Christian Bible in a Changed World



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