Understanding the Bible

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-01-20
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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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
Selected Bibliography
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