9780525428770-0525428771-A History of the Bible: The Story of the World's Most Influential Book

A History of the Bible: The Story of the World's Most Influential Book

ISBN-13: 9780525428770
ISBN-10: 0525428771
Edition: 1st
Author: Barton, John
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Viking
Format: Hardcover 640 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780525428770
ISBN-10: 0525428771
Edition: 1st
Author: Barton, John
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Viking
Format: Hardcover 640 pages

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Acknowledged authors Barton, John wrote A History of the Bible: The Story of the World's Most Influential Book comprising 640 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0525428771 and 9780525428770. Since then A History of the Bible: The Story of the World's Most Influential Book textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 4.55 or rent at the marketplace.

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A literary history of our most influential book of all time, by an Oxford scholar and Anglican priest

In our culture, the Bible is monolithic: It is a collection of books that has been unchanged and unchallenged since the earliest days of the Christian church. The idea of the Bible as "Holy Scripture," a non-negotiable authority straight from God, has prevailed in Western society for some time. And while it provides a firm foundation for centuries of Christian teaching, it denies the depth, variety, and richness of this fascinating text. In A History of the Bible, John Barton argues that the Bible is not a prescription to a complete, fixed religious system, but rather a product of a long and intriguing process, which has inspired Judaism and Christianity, but still does not describe the whole of either religion. Barton shows how the Bible is indeed an important source of religious insight for Jews and Christians alike, yet argues that it must be read in its historical context--from its beginnings in myth and folklore to its many interpretations throughout the centuries.

It is a book full of narratives, laws, proverbs, prophecies, poems, and letters, each with their own character and origin stories. Barton explains how and by whom these disparate pieces were written, how they were canonized (and which ones weren't), and how they were assembled, disseminated, and interpreted around the world--and, importantly, to what effect. Ultimately, A History of the Bible argues that a thorough understanding of the history and context of its writing encourages religious communities to move away from the Bible's literal wording--which is impossible to determine--and focus instead on the broader meanings of scripture.
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