How to Read the Bible

ISBN-10: 082760775X

ISBN-13: 9780827607750

Edition: 2005

Authors: Marc Zvi Brettler

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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
Publication date: 10/1/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Preface
Abbreviations
Reading as a Jew and as a Scholar
What Is the Bible, Anyway?
The Art of Reading the Bible
A Brief History of Israel
With Scissors and Paste: The Sources of Genesis
Creation vs. Creationism: Genesis 1-3 as Myth
The Ancestors as Heroes
Biblical Law: Codes and Collections
Incense Is Offensive to Me: The Cult in Ancient Israel
"In the Fortieth Year...Moses Addressed the Israelites": Deuteronomy
"The Walls Came Tumbling Down": Reading Joshua
"May My Lord King David Live Forever": Royal Ideology in Samuel and Judges
"For Israel Tore Away from the House of David": Reading Kings
Revisionist History: Reading Chronicles
Introduction to Prophecy
"Let Justice Well Up like Water": Reading Amos
"They Shall Beat Their Swords into Plowshares": Reading (First) Isaiah
"I Will Make This House like Shiloh": Reading Jeremiah
"I Will Be for Them a Mini-Temple": Reading Ezekiel
"Comfort, Oh Comfort My People": The Exile and Beyond
"Those That Sleep in the Dust...Will Awake": Zechariah, Apocalyptic Literature, and Daniel
Prayer of Many Hearts: Reading Psalms
"Acquire Wisdom": Reading Proverbs and Ecclesiastes
"Being But Dust and Ashes": Reading Job
"Drink Deep of Love!": Reading Song of Songs
"Why Are You So Kind...When I Am a Foreigner?": Reading Ruth vs. Esther
The Creation of the Bible
Afterword: Reading the Bible as a Committed Jew
Notes
Sources Cited
Index of Subjects
Index of Biblical Passages and Other References
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