The Bible As Literature: An Introduction

Paperback | November 1, 2005

byJohn B. Gabel, Charles B. Wheeler, Anthony D. York

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As in the widely popular earlier editions, the latest revision of this comprehensive and systematic text approaches the Bible from a literary/historical perspective, studying it as a body of writing produced by real people who intended to convey messages to actual audiences. Avoidingassessments of the Bible's truth or authority, the authors maintain a rigorously objective tone as they discuss such major issues as the forms and strategies of biblical writing, its actual historical and physical settings, the process of canon formation, and the nature of biblical genres includingprophecy, apocalypse, and gospel. The fifth edition features a new coauthor, David Citino; a new chapter by contributor Nicola Denzey on the essential yet often overlooked role of women in the Bible; and a new appendix on modern approaches to the Bible. It also incorporates new maps, a timeline, updated bibliographies, andrevised material throughout. This objective, easy-to-use, and exciting presentation of the Bible is indispensable to students and accessible to general readers.

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As in the widely popular earlier editions, the latest revision of this comprehensive and systematic text approaches the Bible from a literary/historical perspective, studying it as a body of writing produced by real people who intended to convey messages to actual audiences. Avoidingassessments of the Bible's truth or authority, the au...

John B. Gabel is at Ohio State University (Emeritus).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 5.98 × 9.21 × 0.91 inPublished:November 1, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

To the Reader: 1. The Bible as Literature2. Literary Forms and Strategies in the Bible3. Ancient Near Eastern Literature and the Bible4. The Bible and History5. The Physical Setting of the Bible6. The Formation of the Canon7. The Composition of the Pentateuch8. The Prophetic Writings9. The Wisdom Literature10. The Apocalyptic Literature11. Judaism in the Intertestamental Period12. The Hellenistic Background of the New Testament13. Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha: The Outside Books14. The Gospels15. Acts and the Letters16. The Text of the Bible17. Translating the Bible18. The Religious Use and Interpretation of the Bible19. Women and the BibleAppendix 1: The Name of Israel's GodAppendix 2: Writing in Biblical TimesAppendix 3: Palestine in the Intertestamental PeriodAppendix 4: Varieties of Biblical CriticismGlossary of Literary Terms: Timeline: 1000 B.C.E.-1611 C.E.: Maps: Index:

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"The text directly addresses fundamental concepts essential to a scholarly approach to the Bible as literature. My students are quite interested in the study of the Bible as literature, and they think of this study as essential to their lives and beliefs. By using this text, I can be a muchbetter and more credible teacher for them."--Bene Scanlon Cox, Middle Tennessee State University