The Bible and the Believer: How to Read the Bible Critically and Religiously

Paperback | January 28, 2015

byMarc Zvi Brettler, Peter Enns, Daniel J. Harrington

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Can the Bible be approached both as sacred scripture and as a historical and literary text? For many people, it must be one or the other. How can we read the Bible both ways?The Bible and the Believer brings together three distinguished biblical scholars - one Jewish, one Catholic, and one Protestant - to illustrate how to read the Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament critically and religiously. Marc Zvi Brettler, Peter Enns, and Daniel J. Harrington tackle a dilemma that notonly haunts biblical scholarship today, but also disturbs students and others exposed to biblical criticism for the first time, either in university courses or through their own reading. Failure to resolve these conflicting interpretive strategies often results in rejection of either the criticalapproach or the religious approach - or both. But the authors demonstrate how biblical criticism - the process of establishing the original contextual meaning of biblical texts with the tools of literary and historical analysis - need not undermine religious interpretations of the Bible, but can infact enhance them. They show how awareness of new archeological evidence, cultural context, literary form, and other tools of historical criticism can provide the necessary preparation for a sound religious reading. And they argue that the challenges such study raises for religious belief should bebrought into conversation with religious tradition rather than deemed grounds for dismissing either that tradition or biblical criticism. Guiding readers through the history of biblical exegesis within the Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant faith traditions, The Bible and the Believer bridges an age-old gap between critical and religious approaches to the Old Testament.

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Can the Bible be approached both as sacred scripture and as a historical and literary text? For many people, it must be one or the other. How can we read the Bible both ways?The Bible and the Believer brings together three distinguished biblical scholars - one Jewish, one Catholic, and one Protestant - to illustrate how to read the Heb...

Marc Zvi Brettler is the Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies at Brandeis University. He is the author of How to Read the Jewish Bible and co-editor of The Jewish Study Bible and The Jewish Annotated New Testament. Peter Enns teaches Biblical Studies at Eastern University. He is the author of The Evolution of Adam and Inspiratio...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:226 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.71 inPublished:January 28, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface to the paperback editionPrefaceIntroduction: The Historical-Critical Reading of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament1. Marc Zvi Brettler: My Bible: A Jew's PerspectiveDaniel J. Harrington, S.J.: ResponsePeter Enns: Response2. Daniel J. Harrington, S.J.: Reading the Bible Critically and Religiously: Catholic PerspectivesMarc Zvi Brettler: ResponseDaniel J. Harrington, S.J.: ResponsePostscriptNotesGlossaryIndex

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"Each essay provides a wonderful entry into the richness of each tradition's perspectives on reading the Bible critically." --CHOICE