Reading and Understanding the Bible

Paperback | November 12, 2014

byBen Witherington

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This comprehensive introduction guides students through how to read and understand the Bible in the context of the ancient world that produced it. The text explains how ancient societies worked, how documents were created, who preserved them and why, the patriarchal nature of all ancientcultures, and, most importantly, how these cultural characteristics ought to affect our reading of the Bible.

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This comprehensive introduction guides students through how to read and understand the Bible in the context of the ancient world that produced it. The text explains how ancient societies worked, how documents were created, who preserved them and why, the patriarchal nature of all ancientcultures, and, most importantly, how these cultu...

Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of the New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and also serves on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. One of the world's top evangelical scholars, he has written more than fifty books and is also a popular lecturer. Along with many interviews on ra...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.68 inPublished:November 12, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199340579

ISBN - 13:9780199340576

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AbbreviationsTransliterationsPrefaceAn Invitation to Explore the BiblePart One: Surveying the Terrain, Studying the Map1. 'Let the Reader Understand'2. The Grand Narrative of the Bible3. The History in the Bible4. On Figuring out What's Figurative, and on Learning about the Letter of the Law5. Of Parables, Promises, and Prophecies6. The Oral and Rhetorical Character of the Ancient Biblical World7. Social Realities and Cultural Scripts in Bible Times8. The Theological Structures of the GospelsPart Two: Unearthing the Treasure9. The Basic Rules of the Road: Hermeneutics10. Digging Deeper: Historical Narrative11. Digging Deeper: The Psalms12. Digging Deeper: Isaiah13. Digging Deeper: The Prophecy and Parables of Jesus14. Digging Deeper: Paul--His Reflections on Hymn and Him15. Next Steps16. Did the Canon Misfire? The Bible's StoryEpilogue: Found in TranslationBibliography

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"Witherington's writing style is lucid and approachable for undergraduate students." --David Howle, Wayland Baptist University