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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

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776304
DOI: 
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
eISBN: 
9780191776304
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853431.003.0007
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9780192853431
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
1. What is the Old Testament?

1. What is the Old Testament?  

Michael Coogan

in The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2008
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365531
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195305050.003.0001
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‘What is the Old Testament?’ explains that whilst the word Bible originally meant “book,” the Old Testament is not one book but many, an anthology of ancient Israelite and early Jewish ... More
The Hebrew Bible as LiteratureA Very Short Introduction

The Hebrew Bible as Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

Tod Linafelt

Print Publication Year: 
May 2016
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May 2016
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9780190262679
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195300079.001.0001
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9780195300079
The Hebrew Bible, or Christian Old Testament, can be celebrated as among the classics of world literature. The stories of Jacob and David present the earliest surviving examples of literary ... More
12. The Enduring Significance of the Old Testament

12. The Enduring Significance of the Old Testament  

Michael Coogan

in The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2008
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365531
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195305050.003.0012
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9780195305050
For the last two millennia, the Bible has been an inspiration to creative artists — sculptors, painters, playwrights, novelists, composers, choreographers, and many others. ‘The enduring ... More
4. The Old Testament and myth

4. The Old Testament and myth  

Michael Coogan

in The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2008
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365531
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195305050.003.0004
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9780195305050
‘The Old Testament and myth’ explains how in the Old Testament myth and history are not necessarily unrelated genres. Myths of origin and the myth of the Flood are discussed. History had a ... More
The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction

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

Timothy H. Lim

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Mar 2017
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Mar 2017
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9780191824586
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198779520.001.0001
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9780198779520
The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short introduction discusses the cultural significance of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the religious, political, and legal ... 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
DOI: 
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
eISBN: 
9780191776304
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853431.003.0008
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9780192853431
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
eISBN: 
9780191776304
DOI: 
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
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192853431.003.0009
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9780192853431
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
DOI: 
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
eISBN: 
9780191777684
DOI: 
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
eISBN: 
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
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199735709.003.0010
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9780199735709
‘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
eISBN: 
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
eISBN: 
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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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
5. Literary forms

5. Literary forms  

Luke Timothy Johnson

in The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365807
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199735709.003.0005
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9780199735709
‘Literary forms’ examines the major literary forms found in the New Testament, including letters and narrative. Historical analysis of the Pauline correspondence is shown to have three main ... More
1. The Jewish matrix (1200 bce–70 ce)

1. The Jewish matrix (1200 bce–70 ce)  

Charles L. Cohen

in The Abrahamic Religions: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2020
Published Online: 
Jan 2020
eISBN: 
9780190654375
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780190654344.003.0001
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780190654344
“The Jewish matrix (1200 BCE–70 CE)” outlines the period from 1200 BCE to 70 CE, describing the importance of the Tanakh, which preserves and interprets the historical, cultural, and ... More

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