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The Bible [electronic resource] : An Introduction, Second Edition / Jerry L. Sumney.

Sumney, Jerry L., (author.). Project Muse, (distributor.). Project Muse. (Added Author).
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Subject: Bible > Hermeneutics > Textbooks.
Bible > Textbooks.
Bible > Introductions.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9781451484335
  • ISBN: 145148433X
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (1 PDF (xxxiii, 427 pages) :) color illustrations, color maps
  • Edition: Second edition.
  • Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, 2019

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General Note: Issued as part of book collections on Project MUSE.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: part 1. What is the Bible, and how did it come about? The Bible: a gradually emerging collection -- From then to now: the transmission of the Bible -- Inspiration: the claim that God speaks in a text -- part 2. What is the story of the Hebrew Bible? The Pentateuch, part 1: Genesis -- The Pentateuch, part 2: Exodus through Deuteronomy -- The Israelites tell their story: interpretations of national disasters -- "Thus says the Lord": Israel's prophetic tradition -- An alternative worldview: Israel's wisdom literature and Esther -- Israel's response to God: the Psalms and the Song of Solomon -- Between the testaments: from Alexander the Great to the time of Jesus -- part 3. What is the story of the New Testament? The gospels: their composition and nature -- Four views of one Jesus: Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John -- The story continues: the Acts of the Apostles -- The Pauline letters: apostolic advice to early churches -- The disputed Pauline letters: continuing the advice in Paul's name -- Hebrews and the general epistles: messages for broader audiences -- Revelation: John's apocalyptic vision -- Epilogue: the Bible today.
Summary: What is the Bible? How did it get to us? Why are translations so different? And what influence has the Bible had on culture? From its very first pages, The Bible: An Introduction, Second Edition offers clear answers to the most basic questions that first-time students and curious inquirers bring to the Bible. Without presuming either prior knowledge of the Bible or a particular attitude toward it, Jerry L. Sumney uses straightforward language to lead the reader on an exploration of the Bible's contents and the history of its writings, showing how critical methods help readers understand what they find in the Bible. This second edition offers revised chapters and auxiliary material and new discussions of biblical studies methods and the question of inspiration. Neither polemical nor apologetic, The Bible presents the biblical writings as the efforts of men and women in the past to understand their lives and their world in light of the ways they understood the divine.
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