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Understanding the Bible : an introduction for skeptics, seekers and religious liberals

Author: John A Buehrens
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Beacon ; Enfield : Airlift, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A thoughtful, warm, and witty introduction Understanding the Bible is designed to help empower skeptics, seekers, nonbelievers, and those of a liberal and progressive outlook to reclaim the Bible from literalists. In making accessible some of the best contemporary historical, literary, political, and feminist readings of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, it encourages all who would find in the biblical heritage  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Introductions
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John A Buehrens
ISBN: 0807010529 9780807010525 0807010537 9780807010532
OCLC Number: 56451894
Notes: Originally published: 2003.
Description: 224 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Before We Begin --
The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) --
Christian Scriptures (New Testament).
Responsibility: John A. Buehrens.

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A thoughtful, warm, and witty introduction Understanding the Bible is designed to help empower skeptics, seekers, nonbelievers, and those of a liberal and progressive outlook to reclaim the Bible from literalists. In making accessible some of the best contemporary historical, literary, political, and feminist readings of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, it encourages all who would find in the biblical heritage an ally and not an enemy in the quest for a more just and humane world. Brief and to the point, it can easily be used to stimulate group discussions and personal reading of the biblical texts themselves, and is an excellent introduction to the Judeo-Christian tradition for those of other faiths. Understanding the Bible includes four preliminary chapters on the why, who, which, and how of biblical understanding, followed by eight brief thematic chapters covering the core of the Hebrew Bible and six covering the Christian scriptures, plus chronologies, maps, and helpful suggestions for further reading.

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