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A History of the Bible: The Book and Its Faiths

Hardback|Apr 2019
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The Bible is the central book in Western culture, yet extraordinarily there is no proper history of it. This exceptional work, by one of the world's leading Biblical scholars, provides a full account of how the different parts of the...


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The Bible is the central book in Western culture, yet extraordinarily there is no proper history of it. This exceptional work, by one of the world's leading Biblical scholars, provides a full account of how the different parts of the Bible came to be written; how some writings which were regarded as holy became canonical and were included in the Bible, and others were not; what the relationship is of the different parts of the Bible to each other; and how, once it became a stable text, the Bible has been disseminated and interpreted around the world. It gives full weight to discussion of the importance of the Tanakh (Old Testament) in Judaism as in Christianity. It also demonstrates the degree to which, contrary to widespread belief, both Judaism and Christianity are not faiths drawn from the Bible texts but from other sources and traditions. It shows that if we are to regard the Bible as 'authoritative' it cannot be as believers have so often done in the past.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 540341
  • Product Code 9780241003916
  • ISBN 0241003911
  • EAN 9780241003916
  • Pages 640
  • Department Academic
  • Category Scripture
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Penguin Books
  • Publication Date Apr 2019
  • Sales Rank 46816
  • Dimensions 240 x 162 x 42mm
  • Weight 1.081kg

John Barton

John Barton is Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford. His previous publications include What is the Bible?, People of the Book, Love Unknown, The Oxford Bible Commentary and The Biblical World.

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