The IVP Introduction to the Bible

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Philip Johnston
InterVarsity Press, 2006 - Religion - 292 pages
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The Bible is a truly wonderful book.Millions of Christians through the ages and across the world have treasured it as their most valued possession, often insisting that anyone can pick up the Bible and read and understand it for themselves. But many of the details remain fuzzy until we find out more about their historical or literary setting.The IVP Introduction to the Bible is intended to reduce the fuzziness, in two ways: First, by providing background information to the whole Bible and each testament, as well as the gap between the testaments.Second, by introducing all the main sections of the Bible and each biblical book in turn.So the great biblical panorama is brought to life, first with broad brush strokes and then with fine art work.This Bible introduction is written by an international and interdenominational team of evangelical scholars, among them Desmond Alexander, author of From Paradise to the Promised LandTremper Longman III, author of How to Read the Psalms and How to Read ProverbsHoward Marshall, author of New Testament TheologyMark Strauss, author of Four Portraits, One JesusAll are involved in teaching biblical studies at a theological college, seminary or university, and each writing in their area of specialization. As they guide you expertly through the details, your understanding of the Bible and its message will be greatly enhanced.Readers of all stripes, from curious non-Christians to serious students of the Bible, will find The IVP Introduction to the Bible a helpful and enjoyable resource.
 

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Contents

Introducing the Bible Mark Strauss
1
Introducing the Old Testament
19
Pentateuch Desmond Alexander
49
Historical Books Philip Johnston
69
Poetic Books Tremper Longman III
95
Prophets Ernest Lucas
115
Between the Testaments Carl Mosser
141
Introducing the New Testament
151
Revelation Carl Mosser
265
Reading the Bible
273
Index of Scripture References
279
Contents
299
Gospels Howard Marshall 185
185
Acts Mark Strauss 207
207
Letters Ian Paul Brian Rosner Carl Mosser 215
215
Revelation Carl Mosser 265
265

Gospels Howard Marshall
185
Acts Mark Strauss
207
Letters Ian Paul Brian Rosner Carl Mosser
215
Reading the Bible 273
273
Index of Scripture References 279
279
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Philip S. Johnston is senior tutor at Hughes Hall, Cambridge. He has taught at Belfast, St. Andrews and Oxford. He has published studies of Israelite afterlife beliefs, and has an interest in Israel past and present--along with a commitment to reconciliation. His other books includeLes Psaumes, Interpreting the Psalms(coeditor with David Firth),Shades of SheolandThe Land of Promise(coeditor with Peter Walker).

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