Understanding the Bible

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Designed for College Students Taking Biblical Studies Courses

Understanding the Bible: A Guide to Reading the Scriptures will inform your reading and enrich your understanding of the Bible from historical, literary, and faith perspectives. It is ideal for use regardless of your background, your beliefs, your questions, or the Bible translation you are reading.

Inside are articles that explore the Bible in its faith, historical, and cultural contexts. The Bible is looked at as literature too—its genres and literary forms. There are articles introducing the Old and New Testaments, specifically the Pentateuch, the Historical Books, the Wisdom and Poetry Books, the Prophets, the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, the Letters, and Revelation. The history and differences of translations are discussed, and other tools to help you unlock the Bible are introduced. Additional aids include maps, charts, a timeline, and a glossary. Together these aids further investigate the Bible and the world in which it was written, as well as the progression of scholarship that helps us understand the Bible today.

Product Details

Copyright: Sept. 19, 2008

Format: Paperbound

Size: 5.375 x 8.25

Length: 110 pages

Item number: 7017

ISBN: 978-0-88489-852-8

ISBN-10: 0-88489-852-0

Digital ISBN: 978-1-59982-979-1

Editorial Reviews

The Bible Today, March, 2009

Saint Mary's Press has engaged several authors and editors in the preparation of this small volume. It contains short introductory essays that explain both literary and historical aspects of the Bible, various translations, and the role played by the Bible in the Catholic Church. It then provides basic information about the major sections of the Bible: the Pentateuch, Historical Books, Wisdom and poetic books, the Prophets, the Gospels and Acts, the Letters and Revelation. Eleven pages of very helpful explanatory charts and four maps of the ancient world contribute to its usefulness. A 17-page glossary of important terms brings the book to a close. The book is meant as a guide for the college student. However, it will also prove to be valuable for the nontechnical adult Bible reader.
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