By Donald W. Musser, Clyde Fant
This article presents a entire and definitive creation to the literature, cultures, and theologies of the early Jewish and Christian traditions. Designed to be learn with chosen passages from the Bible and the Apocrypha, An advent to the Bible bargains crucial info to scholars with very little event within the educational learn of faith. it's going to support scholars achieve an exceptional heritage for destiny paintings in religious study. The revised variation comprises information about new instructions in religious study, a revised bibliography, and a topic index - in addition to maps, charts and images. "This quantity is pedagogically self-aware. the following converse lecturers who reside with reference to the instructing atmosphere. The narrative account of loads of fabric is sufferer, responsive to element, prepared to pause to supply small educational clues, for all time preserving the massive photo in concentration. This moment version of the e-book attests either to the energy of its authors and to the optimistic reception the publication has already loved. Given the big cultural concern upon us, such guideline in a context that reaches past 'the choir' is welcome and greatly vital. transparent, good prepared, modern, and reflective of trustworthy scholarly consensus. most crucial, i believe, is the chance that its student-users will subscribe to extra scripture study....[The publication] may help scholars generate not just a starting with the Bible, yet a long term interest." --Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. "As so much teachers of introductory survey classes in religious study will attest, discovering an appropriate textbook may be very a problem. The revised variation of An advent to the Bible marks a powerful contribution to the sphere. it's a well-structured, basically written textbook. The authors contain a number of the most up-to-date discussions in regards to the formation and next understandings of either the Hebrew Bible and the hot testomony. scholars utilizing this publication should be uncovered to the wealthy content material of historic close to jap reports. they'll additionally locate themselves challenged to learn those classical texts utilizing essentially the most fresh hermeneutic arguments in circulation....An advent to the Bible presents an outstanding access aspect for a serious method of the sacred texts of Judaism and Christianity."---C. Shaun Longstreet, Texas A&M college, excerpted from the assessment of Biblical Literature, August 2003.
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The letters known as 1 John and 1 Peter were accepted without much difficulty, likely because they were believed to have been written by the apostles John and Peter. Some works, however, had a more difficult time before they were regarded as canonical. The book of Revelation, for example, was used and accepted widely in churches in the western part of the Roman Empire but was rejected by churches in the East. The book of Hebrews, on the other hand, had the opposite experience—it was accepted in the East and rejected in the West.
Reader-Response Criticism Another literary methodology sometimes used in biblical study is readerresponse criticism. As its name suggests, reader-response criticism focuses less on the role of the text and more on the role of the reader of the text. According to reader-response critics, meaning is not found within texts; rather, meaning is created by readers in their interaction with a text. Reader-response critics are not interested in the intention of the author (claiming it cannot be known anyway) because meaning is created by the reader of the text, not by the author.
The first person known to have attempted the formation of a canon was Marcion, a second-century Christian whose views on the canon were eventually rejected. He believed the twelve apostles had corrupted the pure doctrine of Christ by connecting it with the Hebrew Bible, which he rejected. Marcion accepted only portions of Luke's Gospel and ten of Paul's letters. His enemies accused him of mutilating both Paul and Luke. His complete rejection of the Hebrew Bible placed him in opposition to the prevailing views of the church.
An Introduction to the Bible - Revised Edition by Donald W. Musser, Clyde Fant