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An Introduction to the Bible - Revised Edition by Donald W. Musser, Clyde Fant

By Donald W. Musser, Clyde Fant

This article offers a finished and definitive advent to the literature, cultures, and theologies of the early Jewish and Christian traditions. Designed to be learn with chosen passages from the Bible and the Apocrypha, An advent to the Bible deals crucial info to scholars with very little adventure within the educational research of faith. it's going to support scholars achieve a fantastic historical past for destiny paintings in bible study. The revised version comprises information about new instructions in bible study, a revised bibliography, and a subject matter index - in addition to maps, charts and images. "This quantity is pedagogically self-aware. right here converse lecturers who stay as regards to the instructing surroundings. The narrative account of loads of fabric is sufferer, aware of aspect, prepared to pause to supply small educational clues, forever preserving the large photo in concentration. This moment variation of the booklet attests either to the power of its authors and to the confident reception the publication has already loved. Given the big cultural concern upon us, such guide in a context that reaches past 'the choir' is welcome and vastly very important. transparent, good geared up, brand new, and reflective of trustworthy scholarly consensus. most crucial, i think, is the possibility that its student-users will subscribe to extra scripture study....[The ebook] may help scholars generate not just a starting with the Bible, yet a long term interest." --Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. "As so much teachers of introductory survey classes in religious study will attest, discovering an appropriate textbook could be very a problem. The revised variation of An advent to the Bible marks a robust contribution to the sector. it's a well-structured, in actual fact written textbook. The authors comprise a few of the most up-to-date discussions concerning the formation and next understandings of either the Hebrew Bible and the hot testomony. scholars utilizing this publication could be uncovered to the wealthy content material of historical close to japanese experiences. they are going to additionally locate themselves challenged to learn those classical texts utilizing the most fresh hermeneutic arguments in circulation....An advent to the Bible offers an exceptional access aspect for a serious method of the sacred texts of Judaism and Christianity."---C. Shaun Longstreet, Texas A&M collage, excerpted from the overview of Biblical Literature, August 2003.

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The bulk of the ancestral sagas in Genesis 12–50, for example, were almost certainly composed orally and then told and retold for generations before they were ever written down. Similarly, the sayings in the book of Proverbs, the material in the book of Psalms, the story of Job, and the Song of Deborah in Judges 5 are examples of the extensive oral prehistory of the biblical material. As these traditions were recounted in varied settings and for different purposes, they helped shape Israel's understanding of itself and its God, and the traditions themselves were in turn shaped and modified in the retelling.

The growing interest in these books was probably heightened by some common concerns they shared with the Torah, such as obedience to the covenant. E. the Jewish community had accepted these prophetic writings as normative. The third section of the Hebrew canon remained undefined for several centuries after the Law and the Prophets had gained authoritative status. Most of the works that presently constitute the third section of the Hebrew canon (the writings) were, as evidenced by their usage and popularity, accepted with little or no controversy very early.

Scholars are not certain about what criteria were used to exclude certain writings and to include others. Comments found in ancient writings suggest four possible criteria: conformity, inspiration, Hebrew language, and widespread use. Works that were accepted as authoritative had to conform to the teachings of the Torah and other writings that were already normative for Jewish belief and practice. Furthermore, works that were accepted had to have been written by divinely inspired prophets. ). Works believed to have been written after that time were possibly excluded on that basis.

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