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An Introduction to the Bible by J.W. Rogerson

By J.W. Rogerson

An off-the-cuff reader enters a book place trying to find a Bible. although, now not all of the Bibles on show have a similar contents! a few have extra books than others, a few are learn versions, a few use gender-free language. How did this turn up? This creation works again throughout the procedures in which the Bible was once written, transmitted, copied and declared to be authoritative by means of numerous church buildings. the next subject matters are handled: what's the Bible?; How Biblical Writers Wrote; The Making of the previous testomony; The Making of the Apocrypha; The Making of the recent testomony; The Canon of the Bible; The research of the Bible; using the Bible in Social, ethical and Political Questions. This up-to-date version takes account of advancements in scholarship because the booklet was once first released in 1999 through Penguin. J. W. Rogerson is Emeritus Professor of bible study on the collage of Sheffield and a Canon Emeritus of Sheffield Cathedral. His many guides conceal the old, geographical and social heritage to the previous testomony, the historical past of biblical interpretation, and using the Bible in ethical, social, political and environmental concerns. Contents: Preface to the Revised variation; Preface to the unique version; what's the Bible?; How Biblical Writers Wrote; The Making of the previous testomony; The Making of the Apocrypha; The Making of the recent testomony; The Canon of the Bible; The learn of the Bible; using the Bible; word list; Abbreviations; Bibliography; Endnotes.

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The problem of the ‘authenticity’ of the book of Isaiah, that is, the question whether it contains the words of one prophet (‘Isaiah of Jerusalem’) or of several prophets from different centuries was a fiercely-contested battle ground in the nineteenth century between traditionalists and critical scholars, and is still a live issue in conservative circles. Thus the NIV Study Bible defends the unity of Isaiah and claims that the prophet may well have written chapters 40–66 in his later years. 16) that existed for at least two centuries, which recorded the words of several different prophets, but which tried to make the book a literary unity in its final form, for example, by beginning and ending it with the fate of Jerusalem.

Even this is sufficient to create a problem. It has long been asserted by critical scholarship that chapters 40–55 record the words of a 2. 1, and that chapters 56–66 date from the late-sixth to early-fifth centuries, and are set in Jerusalem. Further, certain parts of chapters 13–39 have been attributed to periods later than that of ‘Isaiah of Jerusalem’. The problem of the ‘authenticity’ of the book of Isaiah, that is, the question whether it contains the words of one prophet (‘Isaiah of Jerusalem’) or of several prophets from different centuries was a fiercely-contested battle ground in the nineteenth century between traditionalists and critical scholars, and is still a live issue in conservative circles.

At the end of chapter 3 the prophet forecasts that Jerusalem will be destroyed and never rebuilt. 12). 2-4) that 2. How Biblical Writers Wrote 23 looks forward to the day when Jerusalem and its temple become the centre of pilgrimage for all nations. It looks as though the later editors of Micah have been influenced by the fact that Micah was wrong about Jerusalem not being rebuilt, even if he was right about it being destroyed. What has emerged from these examples is that the biblical tradition grew by various forms of addition and supplementation.

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