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The Resource A history of the Bible : the story of the world's most influential book, John Barton

A history of the Bible : the story of the world's most influential book, John Barton

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A history of the Bible : the story of the world's most influential book
Title
A history of the Bible
Title remainder
the story of the world's most influential book
Statement of responsibility
John Barton
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A literary history of our most influential book of all time, by an Oxford scholar and Anglican priest In our culture, the Bible is monolithic: It is a collection of books that has been unchanged and unchallenged since the earliest days of the Christian church. The idea of the Bible as "Holy Scripture," a non-negotiable authority straight from God, has prevailed in Western society for some time. And while it provides a firm foundation for centuries of Christian teaching, it denies the depth, variety, and richness of this fascinating text. In A History of the Bible, John Barton argues that the Bible is not a prescription to a complete, fixed religious system, but rather a product of a long and intriguing process, which has inspired Judaism and Christianity, but still does not describe the whole of either religion. Barton shows how the Bible is indeed an important source of religious insight for Jews and Christians alike, yet argues that it must be read in its historical context--from its beginnings in myth and folklore to its many interpretations throughout the centuries. It is a book full of narratives, laws, proverbs, prophecies, poems, and letters, each with their own character and origin stories. Barton explains how and by whom these disparate pieces were written, how they were canonized (and which ones weren't), and how they were assembled, disseminated, and interpreted around the world--and, importantly, to what effect. Ultimately, A History of the Bible argues that a thorough understanding of the history and context of its writing encourages religious communities to move away from the Bible's literal wording--which is impossible to determine--and focus instead on the broader meanings of scripture"--
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1948-
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Barton, John
Dewey number
220.09
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
BS445
LC item number
.B328 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
A history of the Bible : the story of the world's most influential book, John Barton
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Old Testament -- The New Testament -- The Bible and its texts -- The meanings of the Bible
Control code
on1099779361
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xix, 613 pages
Isbn
9780525428770
Lccn
2019022727
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1099779361
Label
A history of the Bible : the story of the world's most influential book, John Barton
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Old Testament -- The New Testament -- The Bible and its texts -- The meanings of the Bible
Control code
on1099779361
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xix, 613 pages
Isbn
9780525428770
Lccn
2019022727
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1099779361

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