The Bible: A Very Short Introduction
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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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
Classic or Sacred Text?
Chapter 2 How the Bible was Written
Chapter 3 The Making of the Bible
Chapter 4 The Bible in the World of the Believers
Chapter 5 The Bible and its Critics
Chapter 6 The Bible in the PostColonial World
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