Understanding the Bible

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McGraw-Hill, 2002 - Religion - 736 pages
This text is the best-selling non-sectarian guide for students undertaking their first systematic study of the Bible, and it is the only single-volume text that gives both a comprehensive historical-cultural background for the entire biblical era and a rigorous analysis of each individual work of the Old Testament, Apocrypha and New Testament. The purpose of the text is twofold: to acquaint readers with the content and major themes of each biblical book and to familiarize them with important contemporary scholarship. - A new chapter on historically evolving concepts of God enhances the book's value in studying the history of Judaeo-Christian religion. - Chapter 1 has been extensively rewritten to more effectively introduce students to essential facts about the origins and growth of biblical literature and to the critical techniques scholars use to study it. - Pertinent new material has been added to every chapter, giving more detailed examinations of biblical ideas and themes, and the bibliographies have been updated.

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Actually, a very useful book. It is not exhaustive, however, it was not so intended to be. It does give good introductions to the books of the bible and also gives some good insight into scripture. Read full review


The New Testament
How the Bible Became Available in English Translation
History and Geography of the Ancient Near East

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Stephen Harris currently lectures in American Literature, Australian Literature and creative non-fiction at Victoria University (NZ). Most recently, his research has focused on individualism in American culture and on the literary treatment of hi

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