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Reading The Historical Books

Author : Patricia Dutcher-Walls
ISBN : 0801048656
Genre : Religion
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Biblical history can be some of the most difficult material for beginning students to grasp. The conventions of contemporary history writing are quite different from those of ancient Israelite writers. Here a master teacher offers basic orientation to the genre and conventions of the Old Testament historical books, helping students become careful and attentive readers. Written in an accessible style with many ancient and contemporary examples, this book introduces students to some of the phenomena they will encounter in the historical books and provides strategies for understanding their significance. The goal is to make further reading and study of Scripture more informed and sensitive. Sidebars, discussion questions, and further reading suggestions are included.

1 Peter An Introduction And Study Guide

Author : Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
ISBN : 9781350008922
Genre : Religion
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The New Testament writing known as First Peter was probably written at the end of the 1st century CE; it is addressed to 'resident aliens' who live as colonial subjects in the Roman Province of Asia Minor. They are portrayed as a marginalized group who experience harassment and suffering. This letter is ascribed to the apostle Peter but was probably not written by him. It is a rhetorical communication sent from Christians in the imperial centre in Rome (camouflaged as Babylon), an authoritative letter of advice and admonition to good conduct and subordination in the sphere of colonial provincial life. 1 Peter is a religious document written a long time ago and in a culture and world that is quite different from our own. However, as a biblical book it is a part of Christianity's sacred Scriptures. This guide to the letter keeps both of these areas, the cultural-social and the ethical-religious, in mind. It offers help for understanding the letter as both a document of the 1st century and as sacred Scripture that speaks about the religious forces that have shaped Christianity and Western culture. In short, this guide seeks to enable readers to read 'against the grain'.

Engaging The Christian Scriptures

Author : Andrew E. Arterbury
ISBN : 9781441259455
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This readable, affordable, and faith-friendly introduction to the Bible aids students as they engage in their first informed reading of the biblical text in an academic setting. The authors, who have significant undergraduate teaching experience, approach the Christian Scriptures from historical, literary, and theological perspectives. The book is designed for a one-semester course and is meant to be read alongside the biblical text, enabling students to become educated readers of the Bible. In the process, it introduces critical perspectives and approaches without undermining the theological claims found in the Christian Scriptures. The book includes text boxes, illustrations, maps, and suggestions for further reading. A test bank for professors is available through Baker Academic's Textbook eSources.

Leader S Guide For Primary Source Readings In Christian Morality

Author : Diana Turney
ISBN : 9780884899907
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Primary Source Readings in Christian Morality presents the living words of the Catholic Church and the wisdom of everyday people addressing the moral issues that impact our lives. One goal of Primary Source Readings in Christian Morality is to help students realize the connection between behavior and character. Additionally, the hope is that students will uncover that the road to authentic happiness and joy involves working on their relationship with God. Within this book you will find writings from: Pope Benedict XVI, The Second Vatican Council, Richard Gula, SS, Pope Paul VI, Ronald Rohlheiser, Erich Maria Remarque, Pope John Paul II, The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

A Theological Introduction To The Old Testament

Author : Bruce C. Birch
ISBN : 9781426721977
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This book has become a standard text in seminary and university classrooms. The purpose of this second edition is to help readers come to a critically informed understanding of the Old Testament as the church's scripture. This book introduces the Old Testament both as a witness of ancient Israel and as a witness to the church and synagogue through the generations of those who have passed these texts on as scripture. The authors of this volume share a commitment to the interpretation of the Old Testament as a central resource for the life of the church today. At the same time, they introduce the Old Testament witness in a manner that honors the importance of biblical scholarship in helping students engage the variety of theological voices within the Old Testament. This second edition gives special attention to deepening and broadening theological interpretations by including, for example, issues related to gender, race, and class. It also includes more detailed maps and charts for student use.

Reading The Old Testament Introduction To The Hebrew Bible

Author : Barry L. Bandstra
ISBN : 9780495391050
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Teach your students how to read the Hebrew Bible and mine the rich Biblical text for significant literary, historical, and thematic meanings with this bestselling introduction to the Old Testament. Written by leading scholar Barry Bandstra, READING THE OLD TESTAMENT: INTRODUCTION TO THE HEBREW BIBLE, Fourth Edition combines engaging, conversational prose, visual elements such as maps, timelines and artwork, and innovative technology. The book actively applies recent literary, rhetorical, and structural studies that shed light on art, design, coherence, characterization, theme, and other literary features of the Hebrew Bible. Marginal call-outs connect the text to technology resources for the strong Old Testament introduction your students need. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

A Handbook To Old Testament Exegesis

Author : William P. Brown
ISBN : 9781611647990
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Designed for both Hebrew and non-Hebrew students, A Handbook to Old Testament Exegesis offers a fresh, hands-on introduction to exegesis of the Old Testament. William P. Brown begins not with the biblical text itself but with the reader, helping students to identify their own interpretive lenses before engaging the biblical text. Brown guides the student through a wide variety of interpretive approaches, including modern methodologies--feminist, womanist, Latino/a, queer, postcolonial, disability, and ecological approaches--alongside more traditional methods. This allows students to critically reflect on themselves as bona fide interpreters. While covering a wide range of biblical passages, Brown also highlights two common biblical texts throughout the work to help show how each interpretive approach highlights different dimensions of the same texts. Students will appreciate the value of an empathetic inquiry of Scripture that is both inclusive of others and textually in-depth.

Reading The Old Testament

Author : Barry L. Bandstra
ISBN : 0534616682
Genre : Reference
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Preface. Reader's Introduction. Introduction. Reading RTOT. What is the Old Testament? Interpreting the Old Testament. Key Notions. The Biblical Story. Introduction. Pre-Israelite History. Early Israel. The Monarchy. Early Judaism. PART I: TORAH. Tora Prologue. Introduction. Authorship. Narrative Unity. Historicity. 1. Genesis 1-11. Introduction. Creation to the Flood. Recreation to the Ancestors. The Composition of Genesis 1-11. 2. Genesis 12-50. Introduction. Abraham Cycle. Jacob Cycle. Joseph Cycle. Genesis as a Book. 3. Exodus. Introduction. Exodus: Deliverance Traditions. Sinai: Covenant Traditions. Exodus as a Book. 4. Leviticus and Numbers. Introduction. Leviticus. Numbers. 5. Deuteronomy. Introduction. Torah of Moses. Torah and Covenant. Deuteronomy as a Book. PART II: PROPHETS. Prophets Prologue. Introduction. Former Prophets. Latter Prophets. The Prophets as a Collection. 6. Joshua. Introduction. Campaigns of Conquest. Tribal Territories. Covenant Considerations. Joshua as a Book. 7. Judges. Introduction. Narrative Introduction. The Judges at Work. Judges as a Book. 8. Samuel. Introduction. Samuel Cycle. Saul Cycle. David Cycle. Samuel as a Book. 9. Kings. Introduction. Solomon and the United Monarchy. Parallel Histories of Israel and Judah. Judah to the Babylonian Exile. Kings as a Book. 10. Isaiah. Introduction. First Isaiah: Isaiah of Jerusalem. Second Isaiah: Isaiah of the Exile. Third Isaiah: Isaiah of the Restoration. Isaiah as a Book. 11. Jeremiah. Introduction. During the Reign of Josiah. During the Reign of Jehoiakim. During the Reign of Zedekiah. After the Fall of Jerusalem. Jeremiah's Complaints. Jeremiah as a Book. 12. Ezekiel. Introduction. Prophetic Warnings. Hope and Restoration. Ezekiel as a Book. 13. Book of the Twelve. Introduction. Assyrian Period Prophets. Babylonian Period Prophets. Persian Period Prophets. The Twelve Prophets as a Book. PART III: WRITINGS. Writings Prologue. Introduction. Exile and Diaspora. Biblical Poetry. Wisdom Literature. Apocalyptic Literature. The Writings as a Collection. 14. Psalms. Introduction. Psalm Types. Psalm Themes. The Psalter. 15. Proverbs and Job. Introduction. Proverbs. Job. 16. Five Scrolls. Introduction. The Five Scrolls. The Five Scrolls as a Collection. 17. Daniel. Introduction. Heroes. Apocalypses. Daniel as a Book. 18. Chronicler's History. Introduction. 1 and 2 Chronicles. Ezra and Nehemiah. The Chronicler's History as a Collection. Conclusion. After the Hebrew Bible. Introduction. Early Jewish Non-Tanak Books. Dead Sea Scrolls. New Testament. Rabbinic Literature.

The Bible And Its Influence

Author : Cullen Schippe
ISBN : 9780977030200
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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The Bible Literacy Project curriculum will be unique in eight distinctive ways: (1) It was created to fulfill the standards of The Bible & Public Schools: A First Amendment Guide, co-published by the Bible Literacy Project and the First Amendment Center. The Guide provides a consensus statement about how the Bible can be taught in public schools, and was endorsed by 21 national educational and religious organizations, including the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the National School Boards Association, the National Association of Evangelicals and the American Jewish Congress, among many others. ** (2) It has been examined by 40 reviewers, with their feedback incorporated into the editing of the text. The reviewers include prominent literature academics as well as high school teachers and scholars from the Roman Catholic, Protestant Evangelical, Mainline Protestant, Eastern Orthodox and Jewish traditions. ** (3) It is uniquely a student textbook. While some curricula offer only a teacher's guide, the Bible Literacy Project textbook will be the only student textbook produced in nearly 30 years. The 40 chapters of the textbook are encompassed in 14 units, seven units for Hebrew Scriptures and seven units for the New Testament. It presents a straightforward explanation of the narratives, themes, and characters of the Bible, written to respect, but not promote various faith perspectives. The course includes direct reading from the Bible. Students will use the translation of the Bible with which they are most comfortable. ** (4) It broadly covers the cultural contexts and influences of the Bible, with examples of art, literature, rhetoric and music. The textbook contains engaging features entitled Historical Connections, The Bible in Literature, Cultural Connections (music, art, rhetoric), and Into Everyday Language. Special one or two-page features include "Abraham Lincoln and the Bible," "Handel's Messiah," "The Bible and Emancipation," Shakespeare and the Bible," among many others. ** (5) It preserves the ability of parents to teach their view of the Bible's religious significance. The text presents a fair and academic presentation of the Bible, without prejudice to a particular view of canon and doctrine. ** (6) It has been pilot tested both in public high schools and in a university training course for English teachers. ** (7) There is an accompanying teacher's manual in development (scheduled for Summer 2006). ** (8) There will be a university-based, online teacher training program available.

Scripture As Communication

Author : Jeannine K. Brown
ISBN : 1585583138
Genre : Religion
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Is the Bible just a book of ancient Israelite and Christian history and practices to be read? Or are we engaging in a more interactive practice when we study God's word? Jeannine K. Brown believes that communication is at the heart of what we do when we open the Bible, that we are actively engaging God in a conversation that can be life changing. By learning about how Scripture communicates, modern readers can extract much more meaning out of the text than they could if simply reading the Bible as though it was a list of rules or a collection of stories. In Scripture as Communication, Brown offers professors, students, church leaders, and laity a basic guide to the theory and practice of biblical interpretation, helping them understand our engagement with Scriptures as primarily a communicative act.

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