People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1996 - 396 pages
In this book David Lyle Jeffrey seeks to characterize illustratively the historical commitment of Christianity to the literacy and literature of Western culture. Against postmodernist tendencies to deride the historical commitment to meaning in Western art and literature as a regressive "logocentrism," Jeffrey argues that the biblical tradition-the cultural and literary identity forged among Western Christians by virtue of being a "People of the Book"-has in fact given rise to Western literacy. Jeffrey looks at the Christian "grand narrative" as it is reflected in Western literature, making apt use of the visual arts by incorporating a series of twenty-eight black-and-white illustrations that enrich and fortify the story it tells.
 

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Contents

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19
III
71
IV
97
V
139
VI
167
VII
209
VIII
265
IX
317
X
353
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Page 15 - The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The. statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

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David Lyle Jeffrey is Distinguished Professor of Literature and the Humanities at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, and an eminent authority on the Bible, art, and culture. His previous books include People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture.

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