The Bible in History: How the Texts Have Shaped the Times (Paperback)David W. Kling (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 408
Weight: 594 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 26 mm
"Always fascinating and entertaining, Kling's account of the Bible in history is sure to increase your appreciation and understanding of the Bible's impact in the world."-Singing News
"...erudite but jargon-free, smoothly organized and accessible."-Christian Century
"David Kling has attempted a foolhardy thing-he has tried to illuminate the ubiquitous presence of the Bible in Western history by treating only eight specific texts as they have been understood across the centuries. Remarkably, the book succeeds and succeeds very well. By attending carefully to multiple, often contradictory interpretations of Holy Scripture, Kling explains a very great deal about those who have put the Bible to use. He may explain even more about the enduring attraction of Scripture itself." -Mark A. Noll, author of Americas God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln
"David Kling has written a fascinating and accessible account of the way in which biblical texts left their mark in the history and culture of the past. The book focuses on crucial moments in Christian history from the origin of monasticism to the ordination of women and on key figures from Bernard of Clairvaux to Martin Luther. The result is a readable and informative introduction to the history of biblical interpretation, which both beginning students and advanced scholars can read with profit."-David C. Steinmetz, Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of the History of Christianity, The Divinity School, Duke University
"David Kling's book takes the Bible seriously as the church's book at the same time as it shows how the church has interpreted the Bible differently over time. Kling's book will help Christians and others understand how the church's understanding of the Bible has both shaped and been shaped by history."-Timothy Weber, President, Memphis Theological Seminary
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