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The Bible: A Very Short Introduction

The Bible: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Very Short Introductions

By (author) John Riches

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 106mm x 172mm x 12mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 15 June 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192853430
  • ISBN 13: 9780192853431
  • Illustrations note: black and white halftones and line drawings
  • Sales rank: 120,514

Product description

It is sometimes said that the Bible is one of the most unread books in the world, yet has been a major force in the development of Western culture and continues to exert an enormous influence over many people's lives. This Very Short Introduction looks at the importance accorded to the Bible by different communities and cultures and attempts to explain why it has generated such a rich variety of uses and interpretations. It explores how the Bible was written, the development of the canon, the role of Biblical criticism, the appropriation of the Bible in high and popular culture, and its use for political ends. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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John Riches is Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at the University of Glasgow. His published work includes The World of Jesus: First Century Judaism in Crisis and A Century of New Testament Study.

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John Riche's more postage-stamp-sized The Bible offers a balanced, scholarly overview. The Independent, 22/12/2001

Table of contents

1. WHO READS THE BIBLE?; 2. HOW THE BIBLE WAS WRITTEN; 3. THE MAKING OF THE BIBLE; 4. THE BIBLE IN THE WORLD OF THE BELIEVERS; 5. THE BIBLE AND ITS CRITICS; 6. THE BIBLE IN THE NON-WESTERN WORLD; 7. THE BIBLE IN HIGH AND POPULAR CULTURE; 8. THE BIBLE IN POLITICS; 9. CONCLUSION; FURTHER READING; INDEX