Bible

ISBN-10: 0192853430
ISBN-13: 9780192853431
Edition: 2000
Authors: John Riches
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Description: It is sometimes said that the Bible is one of the most unread books in the world, yet has been a major force in the development of Western culture and continues to exert an enormous influence over many people's lives. This Very Short Introduction  More...

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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/15/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

It is sometimes said that the Bible is one of the most unread books in the world, yet has been a major force in the development of Western culture and continues to exert an enormous influence over many people's lives. This Very Short Introduction looks at the importance accorded to the Bible by different communities and cultures and attempts to explain why it has generated such a rich variety of uses and interpretations. It explores how the Bible was written, the development of the canon, the role of Biblical criticism, the appropriation of the Bible in high and popular culture, and its use for political ends.

John Riches is Emeritus Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at the University of Glasgow. His publications include The Bible: A Very Short Introduction (2000), Conflicting Mythologies: Identity Formation in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew (2000) and Galatians through the Centuries (2008).

Who reads the bible?
How the Bible was written
The making of the Bible
The Bible in the world of the believers
The Bible and its critics
The Bible in the non-western world
The Bible in high and popular culture
The Bible in politics
Conclusion
Further Reading
Index

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