Understanding the Bible

Understanding the Bible

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Stephen Harris' text is the best-selling nonsectarian guide designed for students undertaking their first systematic study of the bible, and it is the only single-volume text that provides 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 two fold: to acquaint readers with the content and major themes of each biblical book and to familiarize them with important contemporary scholarship.
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  • Paperback | 736 pages
  • 190.5 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 1,093.15g
  • Mayfield Publishing Co ,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 6th Revised edition
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 0767429168
  • 9780767429160

Table of contents

PrefaceList of Boxes, Tables, and IllustrationsCHAPTER 1 - The Bible: An OverviewWhy we Read the BibleThe Old Testament and the Hebrew Bible (Tanak)The New TestamentHow the Bible Was Formed and Handed Down to UsHow the Bible Became Available in EnglishThe Bible and Modern ScholarshipPART I: THE HEBREW BIBLE (OLD TESTAMENT)CHAPTER 2 - History and Geography of the Near EastProloge to the Biblical WorldMesopotamia, Site of the World's First Urban CivilizationEgypt, The First National StateCanaan and IsraelAlexander's Conquests and the Hellenistic EraThe Roman Occupation of JudeaThe Promised LandCHAPTER 3 - The God of Israel: A Composite PortraitThe Names of GodYahweh: Leader of the Divine CouncilRoles and Characteristics of the Biblical GodGod in the New TestamentCHAPTER 4 - The Torah: Five Books of Divine Instruction (The Pentateuch)Who Wrote the "Books of Moses"?The Documentary Hypotheses: Four Sources of the Pentateuch)Some Literary Forms in the PentateuchGenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyCHAPTER 5 - The Prophets (Nevi'im) I: The Deuteronomistic HistoryThe Deuteronomistic Theory of HistoryMajor Events and Their MeaningObserving the Order of the Hebrew BibleJoshuaJudges1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 KingsCHAPTER 6 - The Prophets (Nevi'im) II: Collections Attributed to Individual ProphetsSpokespersons for GodThe Three Great CrisesOrder of the Prophets' AppearancesAmosHoseaIsaiahMicahZephaniahNahumHabakkukJeremiahObadiahEzekiel"Second Isaiah"HaggaiZechariah"Third Isaiah"JoelMalachiJonahCHAPTER 7 - The Writings (Kethuvim): Books of Poetry, Wisdom, Short Fiction, and Sacred HistoryAfter the Exile: A Reinterpretation of Judah's Religious MissionHebrew PoetryPsalmsWisdom LiteratureProverbsJobEcclesiastesFestival ScrollsRuthSong of SongsLamentationsEstherReinterpreting Israel's History for the Postexilic WorldEzraNehemiah1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesCHAPTER 8 - Deuterocanonical, Apocalyptic, and Extracanonical WorksThe Covenant People in the Hellenistic World1 Maccabees2 MaccabeesApocalyptic Literature and the Book of DanielDanielAdditions to DanielOther Apocalyptic Works2 EsdrasPseudepigrapha1 Enoch (Ethiopic Book of Enoch)2 Enoch (Slavonic Book of Enoch)Sibylline OraclesOther Deuterocanonical Writings (Books of the Apocrypha)TobitJudithAdditions to EstherBaruchEcclesiasticus (The Wisdom of Jesus Son of Sirach)The Wisdom of Solomon (Wisdom)Other Works of the PseudepigraphaLetter of AristeasBook of JubileesTestaments of the Twelve PatriarchsBooks of Adam and EveCHAPTER 9 - Between the Two Testaments: Hellenistic Culture and the Growth of Multiple JudaismsPolitical EventsHellenistic Thought, Culture, and ReligionThe Mystery of ReligionsThe Diverse World of First-Century JudaismsThe Messiah: First Century ExpectationsPART II: THE NEW TESTAMENT (THE CHRISTIAN GREEK SCRIPTURES)CHAPTER 10 - The Books of the New Testament: The GospelsLiterary Categories in the New TestamentThe Synoptic GospelsFour Distinctive Portraits of JesusMark's GospelMatthew's GospelLuke's GospelJohn's GospelCHAPTER 11 - The Other Gospels: Additional Portraits of JesusContrasting Portrayals of JesusThe Gospel of ThomasSecret MarkThe Gospel of PeterGospels about Jesus' Infancy and ChildhoodThe Continuing Quest for the Historical JesusEarly Historical References to JesusScholarly Portrayals of JesusSome General Agreements about the Historical JesusJesus' Teachings about the KingdomCHAPTER 12 - A Christian History and the Pauline LettersThe Book of Acts: A Story of Christian BeginningsPaul and the Gentile Mission1 Thessalonians1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansRomansPhillipiansPhilemonThe Disputed Pauline Letters2 ThessaloniansColossiansEphesiansThe Pastoral Letters1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusCHAPTER 13 - General Epistles and Some Visions of EndtimeHebrews and the Catholic ("General") EpistlesHebrewsJames1 PeterJude2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnOther Early Christian Letters and TractsThe Didache (Teaching of the Twelve Apostles)1 ClementThe Epistle of BarnabusVisions of EndtimeRevelationThe Apocalypse of PeterThe Judeo-Christian Bible and Subsequent HistoryThe Growth of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian-Greek ScripturesShocks and ReadjustmentsGlossary of Major Biblical Characters, Terms, and ConceptsSelected BibliographyCreditsIndex
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