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The Bible As Literature: An Introduction

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As in the widely popular Second Edition, this comprehensive and systematic text approaches the Bible from a literary/historical perspective, and studies the work as a body of writing produced by real people who intended to convey messages to a real audience. Avoiding assessments of the Bible's truth or authority, the authors maintain a rigorously objective tone as they dis ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 4th 1996 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published March 20th 1986)
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Karl Steel
Aug 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students and cramming professors
Shelves: misc-class-stuff
I read the 1996 version, but this 2005 version will be assigned reading the next time I teach the class. Just good clear writing. It's not going to blow your mind with its brilliance, but that's what lectures and discussions are for.
Barry
Sep 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
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There are many ways to evaluate books. One way is to evaluate it based on the claims or intent of the author. If an author claims to have written the best book ever, we should evaluate their claims and respond accordingly. If an author intends to teach how to brand cattle, yet doesn't effectively broach that topic, we ought to deem the book a failure, even if it is entertaining in its own regard.

The authors of this book proclaim their intention that this book be used as a textbook, so it is upon
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K.A. Castillo
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intellectual Rating: ♣♣♣♣♣
This piece of nonfiction would most certainly fall under the definition of a textbook. With that being said, it contains a wealth of information. The Bible as Literature objectively explores the history of the Bible. It describes the different cultures and time periods during which the Bible was written in order to explain why the Bible is in the form it assumes today. This is not a book for readers who are offended at the concept that the Bible was written by people fo
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Stephen
Only read a few of the chapters that were based on the more interesting books of the Bible, such as Job and Ecclesiastes. What I read was of mixed quality, some of the essays much more interesting than others. On the whole, I wasn't compelled to renew this when it was due back to the library. (I should note that I'm reading the Oxford Annotated Bible, which contains its own intelligent essays and extensive footnotes. If you're reading an unadorned version of the text, than this book may be more ...more
Rachael MacLean
I'd give it a 3 1/2 if I could. Very solid scholarly text with useful background material on the Bible as Literature, but it's missing some key interpretations and some of the prose is SUPER clunky. It needed a creative writer's eye. I wouldn't use this as an only guide, but it's useful nonetheless.
Benjamin Davidson
This book clearly lays out a shockingly large collection of facts which, despite my passion for the topic of religion, I was completely ignorant of prior to reading. I must recommend this book to everyone that thinks they're prepared to live their life according to the Bible or any book like it.
Kelly Barry
Reading it for a class on the Bible. Both the class and this book have me approaching the Bible in different ways I didn't really think I would.
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