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A History of the Bible: The Book and Its Faiths

A History of the Bible: The Book and Its Faiths (Hardback)

By Barton, Dr John

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The Bible is the central book in Western culture, yet extraordinarily there is no proper history of it. This exceptional work, by one of the world's leading Biblical scholars, provides a full account of how the different parts of the Bible came to be written; how some writings wh... read full description below.

ISBN 9780241003916
Barcode 9780241003916
Published 16 April 2019 by Penguin
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780241003916
ISBN-10 0241003911
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Allen Lane
Publication Date 16 April 2019
International Publication Date 4 April 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Barton, Dr John
Category History Of Religion
Christianity
Christian theology
Judaism
Non-Christian Sacred Texts
Number of Pages 640
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 42mm
Weight 1,081g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress RELIGION / Biblical Studies / History & Culture, RELIGION / Judaism / Sacred Writings, RELIGION / Christian Church / History, RELIGION / Theology, History Of Religion
NBS Text Christianity: Bibles & Liturgy
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 220.09
Catalogue Code 972225

Description of this Book

The Bible is the central book in Western culture, yet extraordinarily there is no proper history of it. This exceptional work, by one of the world's leading Biblical scholars, provides a full account of how the different parts of the Bible came to be written; how some writings which were regarded as holy became canonical and were included in the Bible, and others were not; what the relationship is of the different parts of the Bible to each other; and how, once it became a stable text, the Bible has been disseminated and interpreted around the world. It gives full weight to discussion of the importance of the Tanakh (Old Testament) in Judaism as in Christianity. It also demonstrates the degree to which, contrary to widespread belief, both Judaism and Christianity are not faiths drawn from the Bible texts but from other sources and traditions. It shows that if we are to regard the Bible as 'authoritative' it cannot be as believers have so often done in the past.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review John Barton has written a wise and eminently sane book about a book which has inspired both insanity and wisdom. It is a landmark in the field, and it will do great good -- Diarmaid MacCulloch
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

John Barton was the Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford from 1991 to 2014 and since 1973 has been a serving priest in the Church of England. He is the author of numerous books on the Bible, co-editor of The Oxford Bible Commentary and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Biblical Interpretation. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2007 and is a Corresponding Fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

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