Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals

Framsida
Beacon Press, 2004 - 216 sidor
A thoughtful, warm, and witty introduction Understanding the Bibleis 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 Bibleincludes 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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Innehåll

Why Bother with the Bible?
3
Where Does the Bible Come From?
12
Which Bible Should I Read?
23
Reading the Bible to Challenge Oppression
28
THE HEBREW BIBLE OLD TESTAMENT
39
In the Beginning Genesis 1 to 11
43
Matriarchs Patriarchs and Children Genesis 12 to 50
54
The Exodus and the Wandering in the Wilderness
62
Messianic Hopes and Apocalyptic Visions
121
CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES NEW TESTAMENT
135
Messages of the Kingdom and the Gospel According to Mark
141
The Teachings and Death of Jesus in Matthew and Luke
150
The Four Easter Stories
160
The Birth Legends and the Fourth Gospel
169
Paul and Rabbinic Judaism
179
Women Gnostics and the Early Church
187

Judges to Kings Priests and Early Prophets
72
The Book of Psalms
84
The Wisdom Literature and Job
95
The Literary Prophets
108
Notes
197
Acknowledgments
207
Index
209
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John Buehrens was president of the Unitarian Universalist Association from 1993 to 2001 and is now minister of the First Parish in Needham, Massachusetts, and special assistant to the secretary general of the World Conference of Religions for Peace. He is coauthor, with Forrest Church, of A Chosen Faith.

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