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    Reading the Bible as Literature: A Journey

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    Jody Ondich, Duluth, MN

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    Publisher: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Kisha Tracy, Professor, Fitchburg State University on 6/2/24

    There is a balanced amount of information presented as well as examples of how to read/interpret the text. There is no way to present the entirety of the Bible, and the author has selected sections to analyze, providing students with introductions... read more

    Reviewed by Jason Parks, Associate Professor of English, Anderson University on 1/25/23

    This book is an excellent primer for studying the Bible as literature. You will want to have a copy of the Oxford Annotated Bible or another scholarly edition of the Bible to get the most out of this text. It does not cover every single book,... read more

    Table of Contents

    • Introduction to This Text
    • How to approach reading the Bible
    • A Timeline for the Bible
    • The Dead Sea Scrolls
    • I. Where and how did it all start?
    • II. The Torah
    • III. The Prophets: Neviim
    • IV. The writings: Ketuvim
    • V. Beginnings of the Christian Writings
    • VI. The Gospels
    • VII. The Earliest Christians
    • VIII. Apocalypse
    • Contact Me

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    About the Book

    The Bible is one of the most published books in human history. It is also one of the most misquoted, misunderstood and misused books in human history. This happens because people are not always aware that the Bible is not a book, it is a collection of diverse writings. The Bible might even be called an anthology, and it will include everything from poetry to genealogy, pithy sayings to architectural mandates, mythology to letters. Knowing what one is reading helps one understand the ideas in the writings. We read letters in the context of who wrote them and who received them. We read sermons understanding the speaker's perspective may differ from the listener's perspective. So this text is an attempt to give historic, literary, geographical and cultural context to a complex and often poorly understood set of materials. This is very much an ebook, and needs to be used in that format. Pdfs and other printed versions will lose a great deal of the content.

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    Jody Ondich, Lake Superior College

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