And while it provides a firm foundation for centuries of Christian teaching, it denies the depth, variety, and richness of this fascinating text.
Author: John Barton
A literary history of our most influential book of all time, by an Oxford scholar and Anglican priest In our culture, the Bible is monolithic: It is a collection of books that has been unchanged and unchallenged since the earliest days of the Christian church. The idea of the Bible as "Holy Scripture," a non-negotiable authority straight from God, has prevailed in Western society for some time. And while it provides a firm foundation for centuries of Christian teaching, it denies the depth, variety, and richness of this fascinating text. In A History of the Bible, John Barton argues that the Bible is not a prescription to a complete, fixed religious system, but rather a product of a long and intriguing process, which has inspired Judaism and Christianity, but still does not describe the whole of either religion. Barton shows how the Bible is indeed an important source of religious insight for Jews and Christians alike, yet argues that it must be read in its historical context--from its beginnings in myth and folklore to its many interpretations throughout the centuries. It is a book full of narratives, laws, proverbs, prophecies, poems, and letters, each with their own character and origin stories. Barton explains how and by whom these disparate pieces were written, how they were canonized (and which ones weren't), and how they were assembled, disseminated, and interpreted around the world--and, importantly, to what effect. Ultimately, A History of the Bible argues that a thorough understanding of the history and context of its writing encourages religious communities to move away from the Bible's literal wording--which is impossible to determine--and focus instead on the broader meanings of scripture.
What appears in the English translation as a suggestion of something we would now consider to be a literary element in the work is misleading . ' Jewish literature ' translates grammaton ( ' letters ' ) , and ' the rough and uncouth ...
Author: David Norton
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
It is regarded as a truism that the King James Bible is one of the finest pieces of English prose. Yet few people are aware that the King James Bible was generally scorned or ignored as English writing for a century and a half after its publication. The reputation of this Bible is the central, most fascinating, element in a larger history, that of literary ideas of the Bible as they have come into and developed in English culture. This first volume of David Norton's magisterial two-volume work surveys and analyzes a comprehensive range of these ideas from Biblical times to the end of the seventeenth century, providing a unique view of the Bible and translation.
In 1830-31 , Mr. William Greenfield , of the British and Foreign Bible Society , reported upon and prepared a copy of the authorised Hungarian New Testament ; but it does not appear whether an edition was ultimately carried through the ...
Palestine Before the Hebrews: A History, from the Earliest Arrival of Man to the Conquest of Canaan. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1962. Anderson, Bernhard W. Understanding the Old Testament. 4th ed. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1986.
Author: Eugene H. Merrill
Publisher: Baker Academic
Merrill has extensively updated this popular-level Old Testament history to discuss updates in archaeology and textual understanding. It is also more current as a defense of the Bible's accuracy.
Author: Thomas STACKHOUSE (Vicar of Beenham.)Publish On: 1842
HISTORY OF THE BIBLE . wellers in Mesopotamia , and Judea , and Cappadocia , | corruptedness of these great records of divine truth , of in Pontus and Asia , Phrygia and Pamphylia , in Egypt | which the Jews are unsuspected , because ...
Papists , it seems , are afraid that the common people will corrupt the bible by reading it , and render the gospel of Christ a gospel of man ... But it was a history of the bible , written with omissions , abreviations , and comments .
This was the first time in the history of our country that the different religious denominations were brought together for concerted action ; but they met on the broad platform of the Bible , “ Where names , and sects , and parties fall ...
Origen considers the allegorical relations furnished by Plato , with respect to Porus tempted by Penia to sin when intoxicated in the garden of Jove , as a disfigured history of the fall of man in paradise .
J. Barr (1979) 'The Typology of Literalism in Ancient Biblical Translations', Mitteilungen des Septuaginta-Unternehmens 15: 275–325; S.P. Brock (1979) 'Aspects of Translation Technique in Antiquity', Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies ...
Author: Lester L. Grabbe
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
This is the second volume of the projected four-volume history of the Second Temple period. It is axiomatic that there are large gaps in the history of the Persian period, but the early Greek period is possibly even less known. This volume brings together all we know about the Jews during the period from Alexander's conquest to the eve of the Maccabaean revolt, including the Jews in Egypt as well as the situation in Judah. Based directly on the primary sources, which are surveyed, the study addresses questions such as administration, society, religion, economy, jurisprudence, Hellenism and Jewish identity. These are discussed in the context of the wider Hellenistic world and its history. A strength of the study is its extensive up-to-date secondary bibliography (approximately one thousand items).
The truth is , the Jewish church always looked upon these pieces as spurious , and there- fore allowed them much the same place in their Scriptures that the Apocryphal books have in our English Bibles ; but the genuine book of Daniel ...