The Bible: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Feb 24, 2000 - Bibles - 157 pages
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It is sometimes said that the Bible is one of the most unread books in the world, yet has been a major force in the development of Western culture and continues to exert an enormous influence over many people's lives. This Very Short Introduction looks at the importance accorded to the Bible by different communities and cultures and attempts to explain why it has generated such a rich variety of uses and interpretations. It explores how the Bible was written, the development of the canon, the role of Biblical criticism, the appropriation of the Bible in high and popular culture, and its use for political ends. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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User Review  - stillatim - LibraryThing

The problem with this VSI series is quite plain. Few people are likely to pick up the VSI to the Bible without already having some interest in the topic, but the series is premised on the idea that ... Read full review

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A good survey of the origins and significance of the Bible. Well illustrated. Read full review

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About the author (2000)

John Riches is Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at the University of Glasgow. His published work includes The World of Jesus: First Century Judaism in Crisis and A Century of New Testament Study.

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