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3. The Making of the Bible

3. The Making of the Bible  

John Riches

in The Bible: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776304
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853431.003.0003
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What exactly do we understand by the term Bible? ‘The Making of the Bible’ examines the different uses of the word Bible, and the different understandings of the Jewish Bible, the Hebrew ... More
7. The Bible in High and Popular Culture

7. The Bible in High and Popular Culture  

John Riches

in The Bible: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776304
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853431.003.0007
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The Bible has had a huge impact on European culture. The evidence for this is examined in ‘The Bible in High and Popular Culture’. With reference to the retelling of biblical stories in ... More
9. Johannine literature

9. Johannine literature  

Luke Timothy Johnson

in The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365807
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10.1093/actrade/9780199735709.003.0009
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‘Johannine literature’ examines the five compositions in the New Testament collection associated with the name of John and asks: Can the very real differences among the writings (along with ... More
8. Two hidden treasures

8. Two hidden treasures  

Luke Timothy Johnson

in The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2013
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10.1093/actrade/9780199735709.003.0008
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‘Two hidden treasures’ examines the anonymous composition known as the Letter to the Hebrews (or simply “Hebrews”), and the Letter of James. Hebrews highlights aspects of the symbolic world ... More
4. Paul and his Letters

4. Paul and his Letters  

Kyle Keefer (ed.)

in The New Testament As Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780199365500
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10.1093/actrade/9780195300208.003.0004
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The majority of the books of the New Testament consist of letters. Out of twenty-seven books, at least twenty are correspondence, usually written to churches. Letter writing is an ancient ... More
6. The New Testament, bound

6. The New Testament, bound  

Kyle Keefer (ed.)

in The New Testament As Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780199365500
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10.1093/actrade/9780195300208.003.0006
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Reading the New Testament as a work of literature presents many challenges. This is because of its collective nature. Each writer asserts their independence and resists being grouped with ... More
4. The Bible in the World of the Believers

4. The Bible in the World of the Believers  

John Riches

in The Bible: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776304
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853431.003.0004
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Texts, once canonized, change and become sacred texts. ‘The Bible in the World of the Believers’ looks how the text then reflects the different beliefs of believing communities. This is ... More
8. The Book of Mormon in LDS faith and worship

8. The Book of Mormon in LDS faith and worship  

Terryl L. Givens

in The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365678
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10.1093/actrade/9780195369311.003.0008
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The Book of Mormon has traditionally been a gateway to the LDS faith. The Book confers legitimacy on the church of the LDS, but the doctrinal claims it opens the way to are mainly comprised ... More
11. The scrolls and early Christianity

11. The scrolls and early Christianity  

Timothy H. Lim

in The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Mar 2017
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Mar 2017
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9780191824586
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198779520.003.0011
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‘The scrolls and early Christianity’ looks at what the Dead Sea Scrolls can tell us about Christianity. Any link between the Dead Sea Scrolls and the early Church generates a great deal of ... More
3. Constructing Judaism and Christianity (70 ce–1054 ce)

3. Constructing Judaism and Christianity (70 ce–1054 ce)  

Charles L. Cohen

in The Abrahamic Religions: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2020
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Jan 2020
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9780190654375
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10.1093/actrade/9780190654344.003.0003
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“Constructing Judaism and Christianity (70 CE–1054 CE)” looks at how as Christians felt they now had to work to put form to their religion and its institutions, Jews were faced with the ... More
8. The Bible in Politics

8. The Bible in Politics  

John Riches

in The Bible: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776304
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853431.003.0008
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The writers of the Bible clearly saw that God's will had implications for the whole of life. ‘The Bible in Politics’ looks at how this idea has been worked out across the centuries in ... More
2. How the Bible was Written

2. How the Bible was Written  

John Riches

in The Bible: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776304
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853431.003.0002
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‘How the Bible was Written’ examines some of the features of the Bible's composition. Over what period was it written? How was the text recorded and what is the relationship between oral ... More
9. Conclusion

9. Conclusion  

John Riches

in The Bible: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776304
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853431.003.0009
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The ‘Conclusion’ seeks to bring together some of the richness of the ways in which the Bible has been read and appropriated. It underlines how it has inspired great monuments of human ... More
Dante: A Very Short Introduction

Dante: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter Hainsworth and David Robey

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2015
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Feb 2015
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9780191781575
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10.1093/actrade/9780199684779.001.0001
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9780199684779
Dante: A Very Short Introduction examines the main themes and issues that run through all of Dante’s work, ranging from autobiography, to understanding God, and the order of ... More
4. Why be agnostic?

4. Why be agnostic?  

Robin Le Poidevin

in Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777684
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10.1093/actrade/9780199575268.003.0005
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9780199575268
‘Why be agnostic?’ examines a number of case studies which illustrate the ambiguity of the arguments for and against the God hypothesis. How do we explain intelligence, the existence of ... More
12. The greatest manuscript discovery

12. The greatest manuscript discovery  

Timothy H. Lim

in The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Mar 2017
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Mar 2017
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9780191824586
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198779520.003.0012
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9780198779520
Are the Dead Sea Scrolls the greatest manuscript discovery of the 20th century? The public perception of this question differs greatly from the scholarly view. ‘The greatest manuscript ... More
10. Becoming the New Testament

10. Becoming the New Testament  

Luke Timothy Johnson

in The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365807
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10.1093/actrade/9780199735709.003.0010
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‘Becoming the new Testament’ examines the canonization of the writings that became the New Testament. The critical stage for canonization and Christian self-definition came in the ... More
7. Paul and his letters

7. Paul and his letters  

Luke Timothy Johnson

in The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365807
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199735709.003.0007
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9780199735709
‘Paul and his letters’ asks whether Paul's historical importance is as great as his canonical presence suggests. His letters formed the heart of the collection that would eventually become ... More
2. The New Testament and history

2. The New Testament and history  

Luke Timothy Johnson

in The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365807
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199735709.003.0002
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9780199735709
‘The New Testament and history’ examines the historical context of the New Testament. Christianity and its earliest compositions appeared in a time and place for which there is abundant ... More
11. The pertinence of the New Testament

11. The pertinence of the New Testament  

Luke Timothy Johnson

in The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365807
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199735709.003.0011
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ISBN: 
9780199735709
‘The pertinence of the New Testament’ argues that The New Testament, for all its manifold and manifest faults, retains the capacity to stir human hearts, transform human freedom, and ... More

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