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Introduction to the Bible, CourseSmart eTextbook, 8th Edition

By Christian E Hauer, William A. Young

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jul 6, 2011

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For one semester/quarter courses in Introduction to the Bible, Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, or The Bible as Literature.


An Introduction To The Bible approaches the Bible by considering it from three different 'worlds'-- literary, historical, and contemporary worlds. This unique approach underscores the dynamics of each of world and the methods scholars have developed to study them.  The authors are especially careful to distinguish the historical and literary worlds for students new to the discipline. Students are also encouraged to consider and discuss the contemporary significance of the Bible.

Table of Contents

PART ONE:  Introduction

Chapter 1  The Three Worlds of the Bible: An Orientation  1

Chapter 2  Preparing for the Journey: An Orientation to the Methods of Biblical Study


PART TWO:  The Torah

Chapter 3  Origins: The Book of Genesis  67

Chapter 4  Covenant: Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and  


PART THREE:  Prophets

Chapter 5  The Nation Israel: Joshua, Judges, First and Second Samuel, First and Second Kings (The Former Prophets)  109

Chapter 6  Covenant Advocates: The Prophets of Ancient Israel (The Latter Prophets)  137


PART FOUR:  The Writings

Chapter 7  Israel’s Sacred Songs: Psalms, Song of Songs, and Lamentations (The Writings I)  163

Chapter 8  The Way of Wisdom: Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes (The Writings II)  179

Chapter 9  The Rest of the Writings: Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Ruth, Esther, and Daniel


PART FIVE:  After the Tanak

Chapter 10 Jewish Life and Literature (200 B.C.E - 100 C.E.)  213


PART SIX:  The Gospels

Chapter 11   Jesus of Nazereth  239

Chapter 12  The Four Gospels: Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John  261 


PART SEVEN:  The Acts of the Apostles

Chapter 13  The Birth of Christianity: The Acts of the Apostles  289


PART EIGHT:  Letters

Chapter 14  Paul: Apostle to the Gentiles—The Letters of Paul  307

Chapter 15  The Growing Church: The Pastoral and General Epistles, Hebrews, and the Revelation to John  329


PART NINE:  Conclusion

Chapter 16  Journey On!  357


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$51.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-205-05164-9