The Bible: The Basics by John BartonThe Bible: The Basics by John Barton

The Bible: The Basics

byJohn BartonEditorJohn Barton

Paperback | February 3, 2010

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The Bible: The Basicsis a compelling introduction to the Bible as both a sacred text, central to the faith of millions, and a classic work of Western literature, containing a tapestry of genres, voices, perspectives and images. This masterly guide skilfully addresses both aspects of the Bible's character by exploring:

  •the rich variety of literary forms, from poetry to prophecy and epistles to apocalypses

  •the historical, geographic and social context of the Bible

  •contemporary attitudes to the Bible held by believers and non-believers

  •the status of biblical interpretation today

Including maps, a chronology and detailed suggestions for further reading, this is an ideal starting point for people of any faith or none who are studying the Bible in any setting or simply want to know more about the best-selling book of all time.

John Barton is Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford.
Title:The Bible: The BasicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8 × 5.05 × 0.45 inPublished:February 3, 2010Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:041541136X

ISBN - 13:9780415411363


Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The Bible in the Modern World; 2. The Nature of the Bible;'3. Major Genres; 4. Religious Themes; 5. The Bible and History; 6. The Social World of the Bible; 7. Biblical Interpretation Today; Bibliography