The Bible: The Basics - The Basics (Paperback)John Barton (author)
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The Bible: The Basics is an accessible and engaging introduction to the Bible as both a sacred text, central to the faith of millions, and a classic work of Western literature, containing a tapestry of genres, voices, perspectives and images. This guide skilfully addresses both aspects of the Bible's character by exploring:
the rich variety of literary forms, from poetry to prophecy and epistles to apocalypses
the historical, geographic and social context of the Bible
contemporary attitudes to the Bible held by believers and non-believers
the status of biblical interpretation today
The second edition has been updated throughout and includes: maps and detailed suggestions for further reading. This is an ideal starting point for people of any faith or none who are studying the Bible in any setting or simply want to know more about the best-selling book of all time.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 210
Dimensions: 197 x 133 mm
Edition: 2nd New edition
"This book draws on the author's lifetime of experience in Biblical Studies to introduce in clear and simple terms some of the complex ideas and debates that have shaped the field in recent times. It succinctly introduces both the nature and background of the biblical text, making this an ideal book for anyone who wants to explore the Bible in more depth. Professor Barton understands how to read the Bible from both scholarly and faith-based perspectives, and students from many backgrounds will find this a stimulating and useful read." Andrew Village, York St John University, UK
"Barton manages to address heavy-weight topics with great care and clarity that can easily be approached by both academic students or interested readers. I highly recommend this second edition." Kirsi Cobb, Cliff College, UK
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