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An Introduction to the Bible: Sacred Texts and Imperial Contexts

An Introduction to the Bible: Sacred Texts and Imperial Contexts

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  • ISBN-13: 9781405167376
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
  • Release Date: Mar 08, 2010
  • Edition: 1
  • Pages: 408 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.75 x 9.70 x 7.40 inches


This groundbreaking introductory textbook explores the emergence and development of the Bible, placing it in the broader context of world history. It particularly focuses on the role of a number of empires in the formation of the Biblical canon.
  • Explores the historical role the Bible has played in subsequent empires, and its enduring influence in the contemporary world, resulting in a balanced overview of the historical forces that shaped the canon
  • Explores topics including: the formation of the Pentateuch, the development of the earliest Old Testament stories, the historical study of the Gospel traditions surrounding Jesus; the influence of Roman rule in the provinces where Paul spent much of his ministry; and the interpretation of the Biblical texts and their use by different faith communities
  • Incorporates numerous student-friendly features throughout, including study questions, review sections, bibliographies, timelines, and illustrations and photos

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