The Bible: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | March 15, 2000

byJohn Riches

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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 Bibleby 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, andits use for political ends.

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Religion plays an important role in many people's lives. The Bible is therefore a major influence on society, as it has been for thousands of years. In The Bible: A Very Short Introduction, John Riches examines the impact and influence the Bible continues to have and its place in a modern society that places less emphasis on religion. ...

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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 Bibleby different communities and cultures and at...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.47 inPublished:March 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192853430

ISBN - 13:9780192853431

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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

From Our Editors

Religion plays an important role in many people's lives. The Bible is therefore a major influence on society, as it has been for thousands of years. In The Bible: A Very Short Introduction, John Riches examines the impact and influence the Bible continues to have and its place in a modern society that places less emphasis on religion. It examines such topics as how the Bible was written, biblical criticism over the years, the Bible in popular culture and biblical use in political forums.  

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