The Bible in American Life

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Oxford University Press #ad - These discrepancies reveal the complex relationship between American Christians and Holy Writ, a subject that is widely acknowledged but rarely investigated. The bible in american life is a sustained, collaborative reflection on the ways Americans use the Bible in their personal lives. It will be useful and informative for scholars seeking to understand changes in American Christianity as well as clergy seeking more effective ways to preach and teach about scripture in a changing environment.

It also considers how other influences, including religious communities and the Internet, shape individuals' comprehension of scripture. At the same time, surveys have revealed gaps in these same Americans' biblical literacy. Employing both quantitative methods the general social survey and the National Congregations Study and qualitative research historical studies for context, The Bible in American Life provides an unprecedented perspective on the Bible's role outside of worship, in the lived religion of a broad cross-section of Americans both now and in the past.

The Bible in American Life #ad - The bible has been central to christian practice, national survey data about all Americans, such as the portrayal of Noah and his ark in children's Bibles, down to the smallest details, and has functioned as a cultural touchstoneFrom the broadest scale imaginable, this book offers insight and illumination from scholars across the intellectual spectrum.

According to gallup, nearly eight in ten Americans regard the Bible as either the literal word of God or inspired by God. There is a paradox in American Christianity.

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The Bible: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 14

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OUP Oxford #ad - These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. It explores how the bible was written, thedevelopment of the canon, the role of Biblical criticism, the appropriation of the Bible in high and popular culture, and its use for political ends. About the series: the very short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area.

The Bible: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions Book 14 #ad - It is sometimes said that the bible is one of the most unread books in the world, yet has been a major force in the development of Western culture and continues to exert an enormous influence over many people's lives. This very short introduction looks at the importance accorded to the Bible by different communities and cultures and attempts to explain why it has generated such a rich variety of uses and interpretations.

Our expert authors combine facts, new ideas, analysis, perspective, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book

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Mariner Books #ad - As the author reveals, there is no “original” Bible, no single source text behind the thousands of different editions on the market today. Christianity thrived for centuries without any Bible—there was no official canon of scriptures, much less a book big enough to hold them all. The farther we go back in the holy text’s history, the more versions we find.

A professor of religion offers an “engrossing and excellent” look at how the Good Book has changed—and changed the world—through the ages Publishers Weekly, starred review. Showing us how a single official text was created from the proliferation of different scripts, Timothy Beal traces its path as it became embraced as the word of God and the Book of books.

The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book #ad -    . In calling for a fresh understanding of the ways scriptures were used in the past, and a faith, the author of Biblical Literacy offers the chance to rediscover a Bible, that is truer to its own history—not a book of answers, but a library of questions. Congregations used various collections of scrolls and codices.

In a lively journey from early christianity to the present, this book explores how a box of handwritten scrolls became the Bible, and how the multibillion-dollar business that has brought us Biblezines and Manga Bibles is selling down the Book’s sacred capital.

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Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion

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Basic Books #ad - Edward larson's classic summer for the Gods -- winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History -- is the single most authoritative account of this pivotal event. That trial marked the start of a battle that continues to this day-in cities and states throughout the country. The pulitzer prize-winning history of the scopes trial and the battle over evolution and creation in america's schoolsIn the summer of 1925, in a famous debate over science, Tennessee, the sleepy hamlet of Dayton, pitting William Jennings Bryan and the anti-Darwinists against a teacher named John Scopes, religion, represented by Clarence Darrow and the ACLU, became the setting for one of the twentieth century's most contentious courtroom dramas, and their place in public education.

Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion #ad - An afterword assesses the state of the battle between creationism and evolution, and points the way to how it might potentially be resolved.

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The Bible in the Public Square: Its Enduring Influence in American Life Biblical Scholarship in North America Book 27

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SBL Press #ad - She is the author of numerous works including Discovering Eve: Ancient Israelite Women in Context Oxford University Press. Eric M. Explore perceptions and interpretations of scripture in american politics, the history of ideas, and public educationEssays from the perspectives of American history, education, popular culture, identity, film studies, cultural studies, visual studies, and church-state studies provide essential research for those interested in the intersection of the Bible and American culture.

Stowe. Features:ten essays and an introduction present research from professors of biblical studies, and historyArticles relevant to scholars, Judaism, English, students, and the general publicAnalysis of the tensions in American society regarding the Bible and its role in public life. Mark A. The contributors are Yaakov Ariel, Jacques Berlinerblau, Mark A.

The Bible in the Public Square: Its Enduring Influence in American Life Biblical Scholarship in North America Book 27 #ad - Chancey is professor of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He is the author of greco-Roman Culture and the Galilee of Jesus Cambridge University Press. Carol meyers is mary grace wilson Professor of Religion at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He is the editor of the oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East Oxford University Press.

Meyers is bernice and morton Lerner Professor of Judaic Studies at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

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A History of Biblical Interpretation, Vol. 1: The Ancient Period History of Biblical Interpretation Series

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Eerdmans #ad - HauserDonald H. PortonJames A. CharlesworthPhilip R. Written by internationally renowned scholars, the many important interpreters who have written in various eras, this multivolume work comprehensively treats the many different methods of interpretation, and the many key issues that have surfaced repeatedly over the long course of biblical interpretation.

This first volume of a history of biblical Interpretation explores interpreters and their methods in the ancient period, from the very earliest stages to the time when the canons of Judaism and Christianity gained general acceptance. SandersJoseph TriggDuane F. Gary G. Juelmartin McNamaraEsther MennRichard A.

Chapters here discusses how israel's scriptures are used in the new testament writings, the hermeneutical approaches of the Apostolic Fathers and the Apologists, Alexandrian and Antiochene exegesis, the formation of the New Testament canon, the contributions of Jerome and Augustine, and the interpretation of Scripture in the New Testament Apocrypha and Gnostic writings.

A History of Biblical Interpretation, Vol. 1: The Ancient Period History of Biblical Interpretation Series #ad - In addition to these in-depth studies, the volume includes a substantial introduction by the editors that gives readers both a broad overview of the primary issues and features of ancient biblical interpretation as treated in this volume and a means of sampling the ways in which the key figures, schools of interpretation, and issues discussed interweave and contrast with each other.

Up to date, and engagingly written, balanced, this superb work -- and those to follow -- will soon become a standard resource on the history of biblical interpretation. Contributors:Peder BorgenDennis BrownJames H. WatsonFrances Young.

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The Rule of Faith: A Guide Cascade Companions

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Cascade Books, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers #ad - The rule of faith was a summary of apostolic preaching and teaching made by writers of the early Christian centuries. Ferguson argues that statements of the rule of faith were used to instruct new or potential converts, to combat false teachings, and to provide a framework for interpreting the Scriptures.

This book must be possessed by all students studying. There is no better candidate to produce this book than Ferguson. He maintains that the rule retains considerable importance for churches of the twenty-first century. When paging through this book, my immediate reaction was: why was it not written earlier?

The Rule of Faith: A Guide Cascade Companions #ad - . Cascade books is reprinting his scholarly articles, The Early Church at Work and Worship, in three volumes. Hunter, cottrill-rolfes chair of catholic studies, University of KentuckyEverett Ferguson is Professor Emeritus of Bible and Church History at Abilene Christian University, Texas. Placing the rule of faith as a necessary companion to the well-known creeds, Ferguson brings to life again the vital truth-claims of early Christianity.

George kalantzis, director, professor of theology, the wheaton center for Early Christian Studies, Wheaton College"The Rule of Faith is an essential guide to the central beliefs of the ancient church, and Ferguson is a most trustworthy guide to its early history and development. As such it carries great importance for what the early church considered basic to its being and identity.

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Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today

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HarperOne #ad - Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today #ad - In scripture and the authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today, Widely respected Bible and Jesus scholar, N. T. T. Wright shows how both evangelicals and liberals are guilty of misreading Scripture and reveals a new model for understanding God’s authority and the Bible. Wright gives new life to the old, helpful, tattered doctrine of the authority of scripture, and concise statement on the current “battles for the Bible, delivering a fresh, ” and restoring scripture as the primary place to find God’s voice.

In this revised and expanded version of The Last Word, leading biblical scholar N.

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Reading Sacred Scripture: Voices from the History of Biblical Interpretation

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Eerdmans #ad - Though differing widely in their approaches to the text and its interpretation, these twelve select interpreters all insisted that the Bible is like no other book and should be read accordingly. After expertly setting forth pertinent background context in two initial chapters, the Westerholms devote a separate chapter to each interpreter, exploring how these key Christian thinkers each understood Scripture and how it should be read.

A rich display of the christian tradition’s reading of Scripture   Though well-known and oft-repeated, the advice to read the Bible “like any other book” fails to acknowledge that different books call for different kinds of reading. Not everyone chooses to read the bible on those terms, but in reading Sacred Scripture Stephen and Martin Westerholm father and son invite their readers to engage seriously with a dozen major Bible interpreters — ranging from the second century to the twentieth — who have been attentive to Scripture’s voice.

Reading Sacred Scripture: Voices from the History of Biblical Interpretation #ad -    . The voice of scripture summons readers to hear and respond to its words as divine address.

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A History of Biblical Interpretation, Vol. 2: The Medieval though the Reformation Periods

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Eerdmans #ad - A History of Biblical Interpretation, Vol. 2: The Medieval though the Reformation Periods #ad - A history of biblical interpretation provides detailed and extensive studies of the interpretation of the Scriptures by Jewish and Christian writers throughout the ages. Written by internationally renowned scholars, the important interpreters from various eras, this multivolume work comprehensively treats the many different methods of interpretation, and the key issues that have surfaced repeatedly over the long course of biblical interpretation.

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The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture

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Brazos Press #ad - The paperback edition adds a new chapter responding to the conversation that the cloth edition has sparked. If evangelical biblicism worked as its proponents say it should, there would not be the vast variety of interpretive differences that biblicists themselves reach when they actually read and interpret the Bible.

The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture #ad - Acclaimed sociologist Christian Smith argues that this approach is misguided and unable to live up to its own claims. Biblicism, self-evident meaning, clarity, self-sufficiency, an approach to the Bible common among some American evangelicals, infallibility, emphasizes together the Bible's exclusive authority, internal consistency, and universal applicability.

. Far from challenging the inspiration and authority of Scripture, coherent, encouraging evangelicals to seek a more responsible, Smith critiques a particular rendering of it, and defensible approach to biblical authority. This important book has generated lively discussion and debate.

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