The Bible: The Basics

2nd Edition

John Barton

Routledge
January 21, 2019 Forthcoming
Textbook - 192 Pages
ISBN 9781138359086 - CAT# K396096
Series: The Basics

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Summary

The Bible: The Basics is an accessible and engaging introduction to the Bible as both a sacred text, central to the faith of millions, and a classic work of Western literature, containing a tapestry of genres, voices, perspectives and images. This guide skilfully addresses both aspects of the Bible’s character by exploring:

  • the rich variety of literary forms, from poetry to prophecy and epistles to apocalypses

  • the historical, geographic and social context of the Bible

  • contemporary attitudes to the Bible held by believers and non-believers

  • the status of biblical interpretation today

The second edition has been updated throughout and includes: maps and detailed suggestions for further reading. This is an ideal starting point for people of any faith or none who are studying the Bible in any setting or simply want to know more about the best-selling book of all time.

 

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