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A History Of The Bible : The Book and Its Faiths - John Barton

A History Of The Bible

The Book and Its Faiths

Hardcover Published: 16th April 2019
ISBN: 9780241003916
Number Of Pages: 640

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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.

About the Author

John Barton was the Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford from 1991 to 2014 and since 1973 has been a serving priest in the Church of England. He is the author of numerous books on the Bible, co-editor of The Oxford Bible Commentary and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Biblical Interpretation. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2007 and is a Corresponding Fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

ISBN: 9780241003916
ISBN-10: 0241003911
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: 16th April 2019
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 16.4  x 4.4
Weight (kg): 1.09
Edition Number: 1

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