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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 The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us, preeminent biblical scholars Douglas A. Knight and Amy-Jill Levine deliver a broad and engaging introduction to the Old Testament—also known as the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible—offering a wealth of compelling historical background and context for the sacred literature that is at the ...more
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Published November 8th 2011 by HarperOne
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Drew
May 28, 2012 Drew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


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
Deborah
Aug 03, 2015 Deborah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A very thick book. Learned...

Although the biblical tradition forbids human sacrifice, ancient Israelites sacrificed their children, as did their neighbors to the east, west and south. The rationale was to give to the deity what one found most precious. Child sacrifice was a recognized response to national crisis. The sacrifice indicated to the gods and the population the dedication of the parent making the offering, and the child in turn was seen to serve as the protector of the people or city.
Lee Harmon
Dec 18, 2012 Lee Harmon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 http://www.dubiousdisciple.com/2011/0... These are two very knowledgeable and interesting scholars, who have now collaborated on a new project
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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
Geoff Glenister
May 06, 2015 Geoff Glenister rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic resource - incredibly thorough, and covering a wide range of topics. The authors give the Scriptures historical context as well as touching on some of the Archaeological issues with taking some of these stories literally. The one critique I would hesitatingly give is that at times it seems this book is a bit too thorough. In other words, this book is not for the faint of heart - it is meant for those who wish to dig deep.
Paul
Dec 24, 2013 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Andrew Ward
Mar 11, 2015 Andrew Ward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, would recommend it to anyone interested in OT scripture. It is full of good insight and is easy and interesting to read.
John Hanscom
Jan 31, 2013 John Hanscom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely excellent. One of the best books on the Bible I have read.
Jeremy Grimes
Mar 04, 2015 Jeremy Grimes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great topical book on all things Hebrew Scripture.
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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
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