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An Introduction to the Bible - Revised Edition by Donald W. Musser, Clyde Fant

By Donald W. Musser, Clyde Fant

This article offers a accomplished and definitive creation to the literature, cultures, and theologies of the early Jewish and Christian traditions. Designed to be learn with chosen passages from the Bible and the Apocrypha, An creation to the Bible deals crucial info to scholars with very little adventure within the educational examine of faith. it is going to support scholars achieve an exceptional heritage for destiny paintings in bible study. The revised variation contains information about new instructions in religious study, a revised bibliography, and an issue index - in addition to maps, charts and pictures. "This quantity is pedagogically self-aware. right here communicate academics who dwell with reference to the educating atmosphere. The narrative account of loads of fabric is sufferer, aware of element, keen to pause to supply small tutorial clues, forever retaining the massive photo in concentration. This moment variation of the e-book attests either to the energy of its authors and to the confident reception the ebook has already loved. Given the big cultural concern upon us, such guide in a context that reaches past 'the choir' is welcome and significantly very important. transparent, good equipped, brand new, and reflective of trustworthy scholarly consensus. most vital, i believe, is the possibility that its student-users will subscribe to extra scripture study....[The ebook] can help scholars generate not just a starting with the Bible, yet a long term interest." --Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. "As so much teachers of introductory survey classes in religious study will attest, discovering an appropriate textbook may be very a problem. The revised variation of An creation to the Bible marks a robust contribution to the sector. it's a well-structured, essentially written textbook. The authors include a number of the most recent discussions concerning the formation and next understandings of either the Hebrew Bible and the hot testomony. scholars utilizing this publication may be uncovered to the wealthy content material of old close to jap reviews. they'll additionally locate themselves challenged to learn those classical texts utilizing essentially the most fresh hermeneutic arguments in circulation....An creation to the Bible presents a very good access aspect for a serious method of the sacred texts of Judaism and Christianity."---C. Shaun Longstreet, Texas A&M collage, excerpted from the evaluation of Biblical Literature, August 2003.

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Moreover, those books that were ultimately included in the canon were not the only ones believed to be inspired of God. The belief, then, that a work was inspired, while a necessary condition for canonical acceptance, was not a sufficient reason alone for a work to be considered authoritative. The fifth, and most important, criterion was widespread use by the early church. Those texts that were used widely and met the needs of the Christian communities were the ones that eventually won acceptance as Scripture.

Several works were produced in the late first century and early second century that are designated by scholars as deutero-Pauline. The direct authorship of these books by Paul is doubted. They are attributed to Paul and share some of his ideas. Differences in setting, vocabulary, style, and theological emphasis between these documents and the undisputed Pauline letters indicate that in their present form Paul probably did not write them. Among the deutero-Pauline letters are 2 Thessalonians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, and Ephesians.

Reader-response critics are not interested in the intention of the author (claiming it cannot be known anyway) because meaning is created by the reader of the text, not by the author. All texts have “literary gaps,” places in the text in which certain information is not supplied. The reader must make connections across these gaps that occur in a text. Different readers understand texts in different ways partly because they “fill the gaps” differently. Reader-response critics emphasize that no reader is ever objective or neutral.

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