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The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us

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In this lively and fresh introduction to the scriptures of ancient Israel (what Christians call the Old Testament and Jews call the Tanakh), two preeminent biblical scholars, Douglas A. Knight and Amy-Jill Levine, combine their passion and expertise to examine not just what the Bible says but what it means. Through their eyes we see anew the Bible’s literary brilliance, mo ...more
ebook, 496 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by HarperOne
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Excellent resource for one's library. Scholarly yet accessible, with a deep knowledge of Hebrew and Christian scripture. An almost insurmountable problem in interpreting scripture is to free one's mind from one's culture. A fish is impacted by the water it swims in and so are we. The broad scholarship in this book opened cracks for new insights and appreciation. I will definitely revisit chapters from time to time.
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“Amy-Jill Levine and Douglas A. Knight have combined to write a book on the Bible that is as academically brilliant as it is marvelously entertaining. By placing our scriptures into their original Jewish context they have opened up startling and profound new insights. This is a terrific book.”
— John Shelby Spong, author of Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World
Lee Harmon
Fascinating reading! Definitely a book that will be on my top-10 list this year. It took me forever to get through it, simply because there is so much information. I might have worn out a highlighter on this one.

You may have read Law, Power, and Justice in Ancient Israel by Knight a year ago. I reviewed Levine’s book, The Misunderstood Jew, last year: see These are two very knowledgeable and interesting scholars, who have now collaborated on a new project
Jeffrey McKinley
(read 3/20/13) A superb work by two scholars engaged in uncovering what the Bible actually meant to the people who composed it and how it should be interpreted today, rather than trying to craft it into a tool for fundamentalists to exercise control over the masses. For the authors, faith is a personal issue devoid of dependence on whether said events are true literally. While they desire to believe things like the historicity of King David, they acknowledge there is no evidence, pointing out th ...more
An accessible, comprehensive look at the many threads of the Old Testament. It strikes the perfect balance between accepting the text on its own terms and using the latest scholarship to inform the readers' understanding of its cultural context. Highly recommended for anyone trying to make sense of the Old Testament.
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Douglas A. Knight is Drucilla Moore Buffington Professor of Hebrew Bible and Professor of Jewish Studies in the Divinity School, College of Arts and Science, Graduate Department of Religion, and Program in Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

He received a B.A. from Ottawa University (Ottawa, KS), M.Div. from California Baptist Theological Seminary (Covina, CA), and ThD
More about Douglas A. Knight...
The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us Law, Power, and Justice in Ancient Israel The Hebrew Bible And Its Modern Interpreters Rediscovering the traditions of Israel: The development of the traditio-historical research of the Old Testament, with special consideration of Scandinavian contributions (Dissertation series ; no. 9) Semeia 25: Julius Wellhausen and His Prolegomena to the History of Israel

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