The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction by Michael D. Coogan

The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Michael D. Coogan
  • Publisher : OUP USA
  • ISBN Code : 0195305051
  • Pages : 140
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Summary:

This Very Short Introduction provides a short, accessible overview for general readers interested in learning more about the Old Testament and its interpretation. Coogan explores the significance of the history and literature of the Old Testament and describes how non-biblical evidence, such as archaeological data and texts, has illuminated the Old Testament in a larger context. Coogan discusses law in the Bible, particularly the Ten Commandments and the biblical understandings of prophecy, myth, exodus, death, and afterlife. Finally, Coogan discusses the enduring significance of the Old Testament.


The Bible: A Very Short Introduction by John Riches

The Bible: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The Bible: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : John Riches
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191578266
  • Pages : 176
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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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. It explores how the Bible was written, the development 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. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


The New Testament as Literature: A Very Short Introduction by Kyle Keefer

The New Testament as Literature: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The New Testament as Literature: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Kyle Keefer
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199840016
  • Pages : 136
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Summary:

The words, phrases, and stories of the New Testament permeate the English language. Indeed, this relatively small group of twenty-seven works, written during the height of the Roman Empire, not only helped create and sustain a vast world religion, but also have been integral to the larger cultural dynamics of the West, above and beyond particular religious expressions. Looking at the New Testament through the lens of literary study, Kyle Keefer offers an engrossing exploration of this revered religious text as a work of literature, but also keeps in focus its theological ramifications. Unique among books that examine the Bible as literature, this brilliantly compact introduction offers an intriguing double-edged look at this universal text--a religiously informed literary analysis. The book first explores the major sections of the New Testament--the gospels, Paul's letters, and Revelation--as individual literary documents. Keefer shows how, in such familiar stories as the parable of the Good Samaritan, a literary analysis can uncover an unexpected complexity to what seems a simple, straightforward tale. At the conclusion of the book, Keefer steps back and asks questions about the New Testament as a whole. He reveals that whether read as a single document or as a collection of works, the New Testament presents readers with a wide variety of forms and viewpoints, and a literary exploration helps bring this richness to light. A fascinating investigation of the New Testament as a classic literary work, this Very Short Introduction uses a literary framework--plot, character, narrative arc, genre--to illuminate the language, structure, and the crafting of this venerable text. About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.


The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction by Luke Timothy Johnson

The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Luke Timothy Johnson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780199745999
  • Pages : 160
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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As ancient literature and a cornerstone of the Christian faith, the New Testament has exerted a powerful religious and cultural impact. But how much do we really know about its origins? Who were the people who actually wrote the sacred texts that became part of the Christian Bible? The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction authoritatively addresses these questions, offering a fresh perspective on the underpinnings of this profoundly influential collection of writings. In this concise, engaging book, noted New Testament scholar Luke Timothy Johnson takes readers on a journey back to the time of the early Roman Empire, when the New Testament was written in ordinary Greek (koine) by the first Christians. The author explains how the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, and Revelation evolved into the canon of sacred writings for the Christian religion, and how they reflect a reinterpretation of the symbolic world and societal forces of first-century Greco-Roman and Jewish life. Equally important, readers will find both a positive and critical reading of the New Testament--one that looks beyond its theological orientation to reveal an often-surprising diversity of viewpoints. This one-of-a-kind introduction engages four distinct dimensions of the earliest Christian writings--anthropological, historical, religious, and literary--to provide readers with a broad conceptual and factual framework. In addition, the book takes an in-depth look at compositions that have proven to be particularly relevant over the centuries, including Paul's letters to the Corinthians and Romans and the Gospels of John, Mark, Matthew, and Luke. Ideal for general readers and students alike, this fascinating resource characterizes the writing of the New Testament not as an unknowable abstraction or the product of divine intervention, but as an act of human creativity by people whose real experiences, convictions, and narratives shaped modern Christianity.


A Brief Introduction to the Old Testament by Michael D. Coogan,Cynthia R. Chapman

A Brief Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Title : A Brief Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Author : Michael D. Coogan,Cynthia R. Chapman
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 9780190238599
  • Pages : 496
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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"This is a shorter version of Coogan's The Old Testament, for instructors who prefer a more concise textbook. Acclaimed for its balance, readability, and scholarship, it introduces students to the biblical books in their historical contexts. Coogan draws on his extensive knowledge and experience to incorporate into the text ancient Near Eastern sources and archaeological data that enhance the understanding of the Bible. The primary methodology is thus historical-critical, but Coogan also introduces students to other interpretive strategies, including current ones. The many charts, photographs, line drawings, and maps are fully integrated into the text, as is the color inset that deals with Jerusalem in biblical times. Strategically placed informational boxes deal in detail with issues that often puzzle readers of the Bible, provide models of interpretation of particular texts, and discuss their significance for Judaism and Christianity. Important names and terms are highlighted in the text, and are defined in the glossary in the back"--


The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction by Timothy Lim

The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Timothy Lim
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0192806599
  • Pages : 138
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Since their accidental discovery in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls have been hailed as the greatest manuscript discovery ever made. Amidst the conspiracies, politics, and sensational claims, however, it can be difficult to separate myth from reality. In this Very Short Introduction , Timothy Lim presents the facts and leading theories behind the cultural and historical background of the scrolls, revealing much about the Old Testament and the origins of Christianity and Judaism. He also tells the fascinating story of the scrolls since their discovery, explains the science behind their deciphering and dating, and does not omit the characters, scandals, and controversies that have hastened the scrolls' rise to the status of cultural icon.


The Bible: A Very Short Introduction by John Riches

The Bible: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The Bible: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : John Riches
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191578266
  • Pages : 176
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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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. It explores how the Bible was written, the development 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. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Judaism by Norman Solomon

Judaism
  • Title : Judaism
  • Author : Norman Solomon
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0199687358
  • Pages : 151
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Summary:

Outlines the basics of practical Judaism and considers how Judaism has responded to, and dealt with, a number of key issues and debates, including the impact of the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel.


The Hebrew Bible As Literature by Tod Linafelt

The Hebrew Bible As Literature
  • Title : The Hebrew Bible As Literature
  • Author : Tod Linafelt
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0195300076
  • Pages : 128
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Summary:

The Hebrew Bible, or Christian Old Testament, contains some of the finest literature that we have. This biblical literature has a place not only in the synagogue or the church but also among the classics of world literature. The stories of Jacob and David, for instance, present the earliest surviving examples of literary characters whose development the reader follows over the length of a lifetime. Elsewhere, as in the books of Esther or Ruth, readers find a snapshot of a particular, fraught moment that will define the character. The Hebrew Bible also provides quite a few high points of lyric poetry, from the praise and lament of the Psalms to the double entendres in the love of poetry of the Song of Songs. In short, the Bible can be celebrated not only as religious literature but, quite simply, as literature. This book offers a thorough and lively introduction to the Bible's two primary literary modes, narrative and poetry, foregrounding the nuances of plot, character, metaphor, structure and design, and intertextual allusions. Tod Linafelt thus gives readers the tools to fully experience and appreciate the Old Testament's literary achievement. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament by Mark W. Hamilton

A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Title : A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Author : Mark W. Hamilton
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0190203110
  • Pages : 432
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Summary:

The book known as the Old Testament is actually a collection of stories, songs, prophetic addresses, wise sayings, and other bits of literature composed over centuries and compiled for the use of worshiping communities. These texts appeared in ancient Israel, reflecting its traumas and less frequent triumphs. Far from being comfortable texts that sedate over-stimulated readers, they offer critique of the powerful for the sake of those for whom the only tool of overcoming oppression is language itself. Because of the distance in time and cultural experience, the Old Testament is often inaccessible to modern readers. This introduction bridges that distance and makes the connections across time and culture come alive. The Bible assembles a wide range of literary types because of the needs of the communities first using it as they preserved the legacy of their past, good and bad, for the sake of a viable future. Their legacy continues as relevant as ever. This introduction, then, seeks to help readers make sense of the variety and hear within it points of commonality as well. The Old Testament is a book readers look to for meaning. Christian readers, especially, have difficulty connecting with the theological meanings of the texts. Mark Hamilton offers an introduction that addresses theological issues directly and sensitively. Considering the massive sweep of literary types and ways of expressing ideas about God, A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament offers an alternative to introductions based solely on historical or literary themes.


Christian Art by Beth Williamson

Christian Art
  • Title : Christian Art
  • Author : Beth Williamson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 019280328X
  • Pages : 132
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Summary:

This work decodes the key themes, signs and symbols found in Christian art - the Eucharist, the Crucifixion, the Virgin Mary. It also explores the theological and historical background of Christian imagery, from the devotional works of the medieval and Renaissance periods, to the 21st century.


The Old Testament by Michael David Coogan,Michael D. Coogan

The Old Testament
  • Title : The Old Testament
  • Author : Michael David Coogan,Michael D. Coogan
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 572
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Summary:

Lucidly written by a leading biblical scholar, this balanced, engaging, and up-to date introduction to the Hebrew scriptures distills the best of current scholarship. Employing the narrative chronology of the Bible itself and the history of the ancient Near East as a framework, author MichaelCoogan covers all the books of the Hebrew Bible, along with the deuterocanonical books included in the Bible used by many Christians. He treats every book of the canon with careful attention to its historical context, its particular genre, and its distinctive features. Dealing in detail with ancientNear Eastern sources and archaeological data, Coogan works from a primarily historical and critical methodology but also introduces readers to literary analysis and other interpretive strategies, especially current ones.The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures is enhanced by a glossary, timelines, photos, illustrations, maps, and a four-color insert on Jerusalem in biblical times. Strategically placed boxes address issues that often puzzle readers of the Bible, providemodels of interpretation of particular texts, and discuss their significance for Judaism and Christianity. Each chapter includes key terms, questions for review and discussion, and suggestions for further reading. Providing a non-denominational and non-doctrinal treatment, The Old Testament isaccessible to students of all backgrounds. It offers a unique and captivating introduction to the Hebrew scriptures themselves and to how they have been--and can be--interpreted.


Theological Interpretation of the Old Testament by N.A

Theological Interpretation of the Old Testament
  • Title : Theological Interpretation of the Old Testament
  • Author : N.A
  • Publisher : Baker Academic
  • ISBN Code : 9781441202024
  • Pages : 336
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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The groundbreaking Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible (DTIB) introduced readers to key names, theories, and concepts in the field of biblical interpretation. It has been well received by pastors and students, won book awards from Christianity Today and the Catholic Press Association, and was named the ECPA 2006 Christian Book of the Year. Theological Interpretation of the Old Testament features key articles from DTIB, providing readers with a book-by-book theological reading of the Old Testament. The articles are authored by leading scholars, including Daniel I. Block, Tremper Longman III, J. Gordon McConville, Walter Moberly, Richard Schultz, and Gordon J. Wenham. This handy and affordable text will work particularly well for students in Old Testament/Bible survey courses, pastors, and lay readers.


Introducing the New Testament by D. A. Carson,Douglas J. Moo

Introducing the New Testament
  • Title : Introducing the New Testament
  • Author : D. A. Carson,Douglas J. Moo
  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • ISBN Code : 0310514894
  • Pages : 176
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Summary:

Abridgement of An Introduction to the Old Testament. This abridged edition of an established major textbook brings the best of New Testament scholarship to the church and makes it accessible to the average reader. This book focuses on historical questions dealing with authorship, date, sources, purpose, and destination of the New Testament books. By focusing on the essentials, the authors ensure that each book is accurately understood within its historical settings. For each New Testament document, the authors also provide a summary of that book’s content and discuss the book’s theological contribution to the overall canon. This abridgement includes questions at the end of each chapter to facilitate group discussion and personal review. It will help a new generation of students and church leaders better grasp the message of the New Testament


The Old Testament by Michael David Coogan,Michael D. Coogan

The Old Testament
  • Title : The Old Testament
  • Author : Michael David Coogan,Michael D. Coogan
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780199946617
  • Pages : 608
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Lucidly written by leading biblical scholar Michael D. Coogan, this balanced, engaging, and up-to-date introduction to the Hebrew scriptures distills the best of current scholarship. Employing the narrative chronology of the Bible itself and the history of the ancient Near East as a framework, Coogan covers all the books of the Hebrew Bible, along with the deuterocanonical books included in the Bible used by many Christians. He works from a primarily historical and critical methodology but also introduces students to literary analysis and other interpretive strategies. NEW TO THIS EDITION * Updates and revisions throughout, including new material on recent archaeological discoveries, new translations of many of the ancient texts, and new and revised maps and illustrations * A new Table of Weights and Measures that provides modern equivalents for biblical weights and measures * Expanded study aids at the end of each chapter, including additional "Important Terms," expanded "Questions for Review" sections, and updated bibliographies * An updated Instructor's Manual with Computerized Test Bank on CD * An updated Companion Website at www.oup.com/us/coogan containing numerous resources for students and instructors A FREE 6-month subscription to Oxford Biblical Studies Online (www.oxfordbiblicalstudies.com)--a $180 value--is included with the purchase of every new copy of this text. SAVE YOUR STUDENTS 20%! This text is available in a discounted package with The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version, College Edition, Fourth Edition. To assign this package, order package ISBN 978-0-19-935856-4. For additional Bibles and packaging options, contact your Oxford University Press Representative at 800.280.0280


The Abrahamic Religions: a Very Short Introduction by Charles L. Cohen

The Abrahamic Religions: a Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The Abrahamic Religions: a Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Charles L. Cohen
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0190654341
  • Pages : 152
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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In the book of Genesis, God bestows a new name upon Abram--Abraham, a father of many nations. With this name and his Covenant, Abraham would become the patriarch of three of the world's major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Connected by their mutual--if differentiated--veneration of the One God proclaimed by Abraham, these traditions share much beyond their origins in the ancient Israel of the Old Testament. This Very Short Introduction explores the intertwined histories of these monotheistic religions, from the emergence of Christianity and Islam to the violence of the Crusades and the cultural exchanges of al-Andalus. Each religion continues to be shaped by this history but has also reacted to the forces of modernity and politics. Movements such as the Reformation and that led by seventh-century Kharijites have emerged, intentioned to reform or restore traditional religious practice but quite different in their goals and effects. Relationships with states, among them Israel and Saudi Arabia, have also figured importantly in their development. The Abrahamic Religions: A Very Short Introduction brings these traditions together into a common narrative, lending much needed context to the story of Abraham and his descendants. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


The New Testament as Literature: A Very Short Introduction by Kyle Keefer

The New Testament as Literature: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The New Testament as Literature: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Kyle Keefer
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780199724208
  • Pages : 144
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Summary:

The words, phrases, and stories of the New Testament permeate the English language. Indeed, this relatively small group of twenty-seven works, written during the height of the Roman Empire, not only helped create and sustain a vast world religion, but also have been integral to the larger cultural dynamics of the West, above and beyond particular religious expressions. Looking at the New Testament through the lens of literary study, Kyle Keefer offers an engrossing exploration of this revered religious text as a work of literature, but also keeps in focus its theological ramifications. Unique among books that examine the Bible as literature, this brilliantly compact introduction offers an intriguing double-edged look at this universal text--a religiously informed literary analysis. The book first explores the major sections of the New Testament--the gospels, Paul's letters, and Revelation--as individual literary documents. Keefer shows how, in such familiar stories as the parable of the Good Samaritan, a literary analysis can uncover an unexpected complexity to what seems a simple, straightforward tale. At the conclusion of the book, Keefer steps back and asks questions about the New Testament as a whole. He reveals that whether read as a single document or as a collection of works, the New Testament presents readers with a wide variety of forms and viewpoints, and a literary exploration helps bring this richness to light. A fascinating investigation of the New Testament as a classic literary work, this Very Short Introduction uses a literary framework--plot, character, narrative arc, genre--to illuminate the language, structure, and the crafting of this venerable text. About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.


Protestantism: A Very Short Introduction by Mark A. Noll

Protestantism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Protestantism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Mark A. Noll
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199560978
  • Pages : 161
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Summary:

Presents an accessible history of Protestantism from Martin Luther to the present day, focusing on worldwide developments and examining not only European and North American aspects of Protestant journeys, but also the importance of Protestant expansion into the non-Western world.


An Introduction to the Old Testament by Raymond B. Dillard,Tremper Longman

An Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Title : An Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Author : Raymond B. Dillard,Tremper Longman
  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • ISBN Code : 0310432502
  • Pages : 473
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Summary:

This companion textbook to Carson, Moo, and Morris's acclaimed "Introduction to the New Testament" puts intellectual muscle into Old Testament study.


A Short Introduction to Hermeneutics by David Jasper

A Short Introduction to Hermeneutics
  • Title : A Short Introduction to Hermeneutics
  • Author : David Jasper
  • Publisher : Westminster John Knox Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780664227517
  • Pages : 148
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Hermeneutics defines the rules used to search out the meaning of Scripture. This book assesses major Biblical interpreters & approaches to hermeneutics from the patristic period to the present day.


A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible by John Joseph Collins

A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
  • Title : A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
  • Author : John Joseph Collins
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 0800662075
  • Pages : 324
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Summary:

A Short Introduction brings the erudition of John Collins's well-regarded Introduction to the Hebrew Bible with CD-ROM (2004) to a wider audience. A marvel of conciseness, A Short Introduction provides more student-friendly features than the larger Introduction, including new charts and maps, more illustrations, chapter summaries, illuminating vignettes, and selected bibliographies. A dedicated website includes test banks and classroom resources geared for the busy professor.


The Devil: A Very Short Introduction by Darren Oldridge

The Devil: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The Devil: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Darren Oldridge
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199580995
  • Pages : 144
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Summary:

The Devil has fascinated writers and theologians since the time of the New Testament, and inspired many dramatic and haunting works of art. Today he remains a potent image in popular culture. The Devil: A Very Short Introduction presents an introduction to the Christian Devil through the history of ideas and the lives of real people.


Dementia: a Very Short Introduction by Kathleen Taylor

Dementia: a Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Dementia: a Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Kathleen Taylor
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0198825781
  • Pages : 176
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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As more of us live longer, the fear of an old age devastated by brain diseases like dementia is growing. Many people are already facing the challenges posed by these progressive and terminal conditions, whether in person or because they are caring for loved ones. Dementia is now the fifth most common cause of death across the world. It is a small wonder that understanding, preventing, and finally curing these illnesses is now a global priority. Recent advances in brain research have given scientists a better chance than ever of finding ways to help patients, carers, and clinicians dealing with dementia. Yet there is still no effective treatment. Why has progress been so slow? And what can we all do to reduce our chances of getting the disease? In this Very Short Introduction Kathleen Taylor offers a guide to the science of dementia and brain ageing. Never forgetting the human costs of brain disorders - movingly illustrated throughout the book - she also discusses their costs to society. Clearly explaining the research, she sets out the main ideas which have driven dementia science, and the new contenders hoping to make a breakthrough. Taylor also looks at risk factors, and how to lower our chances of succumbing to dementia. Assessing current and potential treatments, including both drugs and other approaches, she explains, clearly and gently, what help is available for someone who is diagnosed with dementia, and how to boost the chances of living well with the condition. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Anthropocene by Erle C. Ellis

Anthropocene
  • Title : Anthropocene
  • Author : Erle C. Ellis
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0198792980
  • Pages : 208
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Summary:

Climate scientists, geologists, ecologists, and archaeologists recognize the profound effects of human activity on Earth, though whether and how this should be recognized as a formal geological epoch - the Anthropocene - remains under debate, Erle Ellis describes how the Anthropocene concept is affecting the sciences, humanities, and politics.


Introducing the Old Testament by Tremper Longman III

Introducing the Old Testament
  • Title : Introducing the Old Testament
  • Author : Tremper Longman III
  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • ISBN Code : 0310491401
  • Pages : 160
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Summary:

An abridged edition of the bestselling book An Introduction to the Old Testament, this rich guide makes Old Testament scholarship accessible to the average reader. Renowned Bible scholar Tremper Longman III gathers the best in historical research and literary analysis to lead the reader through each book of the Old Testament. Most significantly, Longman explores the meaning of each book in light of its cultural setting. Abbreviated chapters highlight key research discoveries, ensuring that the information is both significant and manageable. Including questions at the end of each chapter for group discussion or personal reflection, Introducing the Old Testament makes the words, history, and culture of biblical times come alive for readers. Laypersons as well as church leaders will take away a solid understanding of the historical background and theological message of the Old Testament and be inspired to apply biblical truths to their lives.


Jewish History by David N. Myers

Jewish History
  • Title : Jewish History
  • Author : David N. Myers
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199730989
  • Pages : 135
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Summary:

"How have the Jews survived? For millennia, they have defied odds by overcoming the travails of exile, persecution, and recurring plans for their annihilation. This book charts the long journey of the Jews through history. At the same time, it points to two unlikely factors to explain the survival of the Jews: antisemitism and assimilation"--


Introduction to the Hebrew Bible by John J. Collins

Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
  • Title : Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
  • Author : John J. Collins
  • Publisher : Fortress Press
  • ISBN Code : 1506446051
  • Pages : 622
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Summary:

John J. Collins's Introduction to the Hebrew Bible> is one of the most reliable and widely adopted critical textbooks at undergraduate and graduate levels alike, and for good reason. Enriched by decades of classroom teaching, it is aimed explicitly at motivated students, regardless of their previous exposure to the Bible or faith commitments. The approach is ecumenical, in the sense that it seeks not to impose any particular theological perspective but to provide information and raise questions that should be relevant to any student. Collins proceeds through the canon of the Old Testament and the Apocrypha, judiciously presenting the current state of historical, archaeological, and literary understanding of the biblical text, and engaging the student in questions of significance and interpretation for the contemporary world. The third edition is presented in a new and engaging format with new maps and images. An index has been added to the volume for the first time.


History: A Very Short Introduction by John Arnold

History: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : History: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : John Arnold
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191606375
  • Pages : 160
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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There are many stories we can tell about the past, and we are not, perhaps, as free as we might imagine in our choice of which stories to tell, or where those stories end. John Arnold's Very Short Introduction is a stimulating essay about how we study and understand history. The book begins by inviting us to think about various questions provoked by our investigation of history, and explores the ways these questions have been answered in the past. Concepts such as causation, interpretation, and periodization, are introduced by means of concrete examples of how historians work, giving the reader a sense of the excitement of discovering not only the past, but also ourselves. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


The Composition of the Narrative Books of the Old Testament by Reinhard Gregor Kratz

The Composition of the Narrative Books of the Old Testament
  • Title : The Composition of the Narrative Books of the Old Testament
  • Author : Reinhard Gregor Kratz
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • ISBN Code : 9780567089205
  • Pages : 361
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Explaining their sources and the nature of their composition, Reinhard Kratz provides an introduction to the narrative books of the Old Testament (Genesis to Nehemiah). He seeks to do this as far as possible without presupposing any hypotheses and on the basis of a few undisputed basic assumptions: a distinction between Priestly and non-Priestly text in the Pentateuch, the special position of Deuteronomy, a Deuteronomistic revision of Joshua-2 Kings, and the literary use of the books of Samuel and Kings by Chronicles. Any further distinctions are based on observations of the text which are well established and not on literary-critical or redaction-critical distinctions. Kratz argues that what is important is how the text is read.This is the first study of its kind since Martin Noth's classic studies of thePentateuch and Deuteronomic history. It will be an invaluable resource for allscholars and students in the field.


Prehistory by Chris Gosden

Prehistory
  • Title : Prehistory
  • Author : Chris Gosden
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0198803516
  • Pages : 152
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Prehistory covers the period of some 4 million years before the start of written history, when our earliest ancestors, the Australopithecines, existed in Africa. But this is relatively recent compared to whole history of the earth of some 4.5 billion years. A key aspect of prehistory is that it provides a sense of scale, throwing recent ways of life into perspective. Humans and their ancestors lived in many different ways and the cultural variety we see now is just a tiny fraction of that which has existed over millions of years. Humans are part of the broader evolution of landscapes and communities of plants and animals, but Homo sapiens is also the only species to have made a real impact on planetary systems. To understand such an impact, we need a grasp of our longest term development and ways of life. In this new edition of his Very Short Introduction, Chris Gosden invites us to think seriously about who we are by considering who we have been. As he explains, many new discoveries have been made in archaeology over the last ten years, and a new framework for prehistory is emerging. A greater understanding of Chinese and central Asian prehistory has thrown Eurasian prehistory in quite a different light, with flows of the influence of culture over large areas now evident. This has eaten away at the traditional view of human progress around the invention of agriculture, the development of cities, and (much later) the industrial revolution, and has given us new geographies to think about. Chris Gosden explores the new landscape of our prehistory and considers the way the different geographical locations weave together. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


An Introduction to the Old Testament by John Goldingay

An Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Title : An Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Author : John Goldingay
  • Publisher : InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN Code : 0830840907
  • Pages : 400
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Enter the classroom of John Goldingay, one of today's premier biblical interpreters, and begin the adventure of exploring the Bible's First Testament. Some Old Testament introductions tell you what you could have seen for yourself. They might recount in detail what other scholars have said, and then tell you what you should think about it. But with refreshing directness, John Goldingay outfits you with basic knowledge, points out the main approaches, outlines the primary issues and then sets you loose to explore the terrain for yourself. Traverse the grand tapestry of the Torah. Discern the art and grain of biblical narrative. Listen to the cries, confessions and cadences of the Psalms. Probe the varied textures of wisdom literature. And ponder the prophets in the darkening nightmare of exile and the distant light of hope. More workbook than handbook, this introduction to the Old Testament is rooted in decades of tried and proven teaching. Goldingay displays a robust confidence in the truthfulness of Scripture combined with a refreshing trust in the reader's ability to grapple responsibly with the Old Testament. Even when the text hits you sideways, Goldingay encourages you not to squirm or run, but to grab hold and go deeper. Under his expert guidance the cordon between faith and criticism swings open into theological and spiritual insight.


The Dead Sea Scrolls: a Very Short Introduction by Timothy Lim

The Dead Sea Scrolls: a Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The Dead Sea Scrolls: a Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Timothy Lim
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0198779526
  • Pages : 144
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Since their discovery in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls have become an icon in popular culture that transcends their status as ancient Jewish manuscripts. Everyone has heard of the Scrolls, but amidst the conspiracies, the politics, and the sensational claims, it can be difficult to separate the myths from the reality. In this Very Short introductions, Timothy Lim discusses the cultural significance of the finds, and the religious, political and legal controversies during the seventy years of study since the discovery. He also looks at the contribution the Scrolls have made to our understanding of the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible, and the origins of early Christianity. Exploring the most recent scholarly discussions on the archaeology of Khirbet Qumran, and the study of the biblical texts, the canon, and the history of the Second Temple Period, he considers what the scrolls reveal about sectarianism in early Judaism. Was the archaeological site of Qumran a centre of monastic life, a fortress, a villa, or a pottery factory? Why were some of their biblical texts so different from the ones that we read today? Did they have 'a Bible'? Who were the Essenes and why did they think that humanity is to be divided between 'the sons of light' and those in darkness? And, finally, do the Scrolls reflect the teachings of the earliest followers of Jesus? ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Translation by Matthew Reynolds

Translation
  • Title : Translation
  • Author : Matthew Reynolds
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0198712111
  • Pages : 142
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Translation is everywhere, giving us dubbed films, and access to foreign news and the literature of other cultures. Considering subtitling, interpreting, and adaptations, Matthew Reynolds reveals how translation is changing radically in the new age of electronic media.


Christian Art: A Very Short Introduction by Beth Williamson

Christian Art: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Christian Art: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Beth Williamson
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191577774
  • Pages : 144
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Christian images have a long history within the Western art tradition from the narrative and devotional works of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, to the radical new interpretations of the twenty-first century. This fascinating new book explores the changing nature of the representation of key themes and subjects found in Christian art, covering the Eucharist, the crucifixion, the Virgin Mary, and the saints. Other sections deal with the changes to Christian art after the sixteenth-century Reformation, and with Christian art in the modern world. Within these themes, the book explores the work of major artists such as Memling, Holbein, El Greco and Rossetti, and well-known examples including the frescoes of St Francis at Assisi. Didactic and consciously devotional works are discussed alongside the controversial work of contemporary artists such as Andres Serrano and Chris Ofili. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


A Short Introduction to Old Testament by Robert Gnuse

A Short Introduction to Old Testament
  • Title : A Short Introduction to Old Testament
  • Author : Robert Gnuse
  • Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell
  • ISBN Code : 9781607971771
  • Pages : 222
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Autism: A Very Short Introduction by Uta Frith

Autism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Autism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Uta Frith
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191578657
  • Pages : 144
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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What causes autism? Is it a genetic disorder, or due to some unknown environmental hazard? Are we facing an autism epidemic? What are the main symptoms, and how does it relate to Asperger syndrome? Everyone has heard of autism, but the disorder itself is little understood. It has captured the public imagination through films and novels portraying individuals with baffling combinations of disability and extraordinary talent, and yet the reality is more often that it places a heavy burden on sufferers and their families. This Very Short Introduction offers a clear statement on what is currently known about autism and Asperger syndrome. Explaining the vast array of different conditions that hide behind these two labels, and looking at symptoms from the full spectrum of autistic disorders, it explores the possible causes for the apparent rise in autism and also evaluates the links with neuroscience, psychology, brain development, genetics, and environmental causes including MMR and Thimerosal. This short, authoritative, and accessible book also explores the psychology behind social impairment and savantism, and throughout, sheds light on what it is like to live inside the mind of the sufferer. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Citizenship: A Very Short Introduction by Richard Bellamy

Citizenship: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Citizenship: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Richard Bellamy
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191577685
  • Pages : 152
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Interest in citizenship has never been higher. But what does it mean to be a citizen of a modern, complex community? Why is citizenship important? Can we create citizenship, and can we test for it? In this fascinating Very Short Introduction, Richard Bellamy explores the answers to these questions and more in a clear and accessible way. He approaches the subject from a political perspective, to address the complexities behind the major topical issues. Discussing the main models of citizenship, exploring how ideas of citizenship have changed through time from ancient Greece to the present, and examining notions of rights and democracy, he reveals the irreducibly political nature of citizenship today. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


The Soviet Union: A Very Short Introduction by Stephen Lovell

The Soviet Union: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The Soviet Union: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Stephen Lovell
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191578967
  • Pages : 168
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Almost twenty years after the Soviet Unions' end, what are we to make of its existence? Was it a heroic experiment, an unmitigated disaster, or a viable if flawed response to the modern world? Taking a fresh approach to the study of the Soviet Union, this Very Short Introduction blends political history with an investigation into the society and culture at the time. Stephen Lovell examines aspects of patriotism, political violence, poverty, and ideology; and provides answers to some of the big questions about the Soviet experience. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


The Reformation: A Very Short Introduction by Peter Marshall

The Reformation: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : The Reformation: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Peter Marshall
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191578886
  • Pages : 168
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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The Reformation transformed Europe, and left an indelible mark on the modern world. It began as an argument about what Christians needed to do to be saved, but rapidly engulfed society in a series of fundamental changes. This Very Short Introduction provides a lively and up-to-date guide to the process. It explains doctrinal debates in a clear and non-technical way, but is equally concerned to demonstrate the effects the Reformation had on politics, society, art, and minorities. Peter Marshall argues that the Reformation was not a solely European phenomenon, but that varieties of faith exported from Europe transformed Christianity into a truly world religion. The complex legacy of the Reformation is also assessed; its religious fervour produced remarkable stories of sanctity and heroism, and some extraordinary artistic achievements, but violence, holy war, and martyrdom were equally its products. A paradox of the Reformation - that it intensified intolerance while establishing pluralism - is one we still wrestle with today. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


Work: A Very Short Introduction by Stephen Fineman

Work: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Work: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Stephen Fineman
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 019164241X
  • Pages : 160
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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The image of a job captures our imagination from an early age, usually prompted by the question 'What do you want to be when you grow up?'. Work — paid, unpaid, voluntary, or obligatory — is woven into the fabric of all human societies. For many of us, it becomes part of our identity. For others it is a tedious necessity. Living is problematic without paid work, and for many it is catastrophic. Steve Fineman tells the fascinating story of work - how we strive for security, reward, and often, meaning. Looking at how we classify 'work'; the cultural and social factors that influence the way we work; the ethics of certain types of work; and the factors that will affect the future of work, from globalization to technology, this Very Short Introduction considers work as a concept and as a practical experience, drawing upon ideas from psychology, sociology, management, and social history. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.