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The Bible : A Very Short Introduction - John Riches

The Bible

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 24th February 2000
ISBN: 9780192853431
Number Of Pages: 176

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It is sometimes said that the Bible is one of the most unread books in the world, yet has been a major force in the development of Western culture and continues to exert an enormous influence over many people's lives. This Very Short Introduction looks at the importance accorded to the Bible by different communities and cultures and attempts to explain why it has generated such a rich variety of uses and interpretations. It explores how the Bible was written, the development of the canon, the role of Biblical criticism, the appropriation of the Bible in high and popular culture, and its use for political ends.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style,Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

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`John Riche's more postage-stamp-sized The Bible offers a balanced, scholarly overview.' The Independent, 22/12/2001

1. Who reads the bible?; 2. How the Bible was written; 3. The making of the Bible; 4. The Bible in the world of the believers; 5. The Bible and its critics; 6. The Bible in the non-western world; 7. The Bible in high and popular culture; 8. The Bible in politics; 9. Conclusion; Further reading; Index

ISBN: 9780192853431
ISBN-10: 0192853430
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 24th February 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.9 x 11.3  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.15

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