Today we are faced with an almost bewildering range of different versions of the Bible, from Protestant and Catholiic Bibles, to Study Bibles and Bibles without commentary. How did they originate and in what ways do they differ? In this work, J.W. Rogerson investigates the many variants of the Bible, including the different translation, examining their origins and historical context and comparing the source material and authorship of each one. Taking the reader through the books of the Old and New testaments, Rogerson explores the various styles of writing such as narrative, psalms, letters and laments, together with the composition of the Gospels and the historical, political and religious backgrounds against which they were composed.
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Praise for AN INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE
'A tour de force. Welcome a book whose author does exactly what he is commissioned to do, leaves no relevant biblical stone unturned and few burning questions unattended, covers the Apocryphal writings, and keeps to plain English. The result is a minor miracle of compression which yet finds room for illustrative material where generalization might leave the reader puzzled. Of special value is the fruitful discussion of the use of scripture in terms of its ethical dimensions' Expository Times
'This work should quickly establish itself as a core text for introducing students to basic questions about the Bible...[The author] explains carefully why we have so many versions of the Bible at present, and how the Bible came to be written in the first place. He gives summaries of the material in the OT, Aprocrypha and NT. There is a chapter on the vexed issue of canon, and concluding chapters on ways of studying and reading the Bible today. This is an excellent resource for students beginning an exploration of the Scriptures' Journal for the Study of the Old TestamentAbout the Author:
J. W. Rogerson is Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield and a Canon Emeritus of Sheffield Cathedral. His many publications cover the historical, geographical and social background to the Old Testament, the history of biblical interpretation, and the use of the Bible in moral, social, political and environmental issues.
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