Book , Print in English

How to read the Bible

Marc Zvi Brettler.
  • Philadelphia, PA : Jewish Publication Society, 2005.
  • 1st ed.
  • xiv, 384 pages : illustrations; 24 cm.
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    BS1171.3.B74 2005 c. 1 | Floor map
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Subjects
Contents
  • 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.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 339-360) and indexes.
ISBN
  • 082760775X
Identifying numbers
  • EAN: 9780827607750
  • LCCN: 2005009440
  • OCLC: 58920015