How to Read the Bible
By (author) Marc Zvi Brettler
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How to Read the Bible by Marc Zvi Brettler
Book DescriptionMaster Bible scholar and teacher Marc Brettler argues that today's contemporary readers can only understand the ancient Hebrew Scripture by knowing more about the culture that produced it. And so Brettler unpacks the literary conventions, ideological assumptions, and historical conditions that inform the biblical text and demonstrates how modern critical scholarship and archaeological discoveries shed light on this fascinating and complex literature. Brettler surveys representative biblical texts from different genres to illustrate how modern scholars have taught us to "read" these texts. Using the "historical-critical method" long popular in academia, he guides us in reading the Bible as it was read in the biblical period, independent of later religious norms and interpretive traditions. Understanding the Bible this way lets us appreciate it as an interesting text that speaks in multiple voices on profound issues. This book is the first "Jewishly sensitive" introduction to the historical-critical method. Unlike other introductory texts, the Bible that this book speaks about is the Jewish one-with the three-part TANAKH arrangement, the sequence of books found in modern printed Hebrew editions, and the chapter and verse enumerations used in most modern Jewish versions of the Bible. In an afterword, the author discusses how the historical-critical method can help contemporary Jews relate to the Bible as a religious text in a more meaningful way.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780827607750
(229mm x 152mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Jewish Publication Society
Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Marc Zvi Brettler
Bible and the Believer, Paperback (March 2015)
How can one read the Bible both critically and religiously? To answer that question, The Bible and the Believer enlists one Jewish, one Catholic, and one Protestant biblical scholar who explain and illustrate how to read the Hebrew Bible/Tanakh/Old Testament critically and religiously in light of their own religious traditions.
Jewish Study Bible, Hardback (November 2014)
Includes preface to the 1985 JPS edition, published under title: Tanakh: a new translation of the Holy Scriptures according to the traditional Hebrew text.
Book of Job, Paperback (June 2013)View all books by Marc Zvi Brettler
This fresh translation and annotation of a celebrated classic of world literature captures some of the finest poetry in the Hebrew Bible and uncovers the original author's intent in a way that is accessible for modern readers and spiritual seekers.
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Author Biography - Marc Zvi Brettler
Marc Brettler received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, where he is now Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Literature and chair of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. His main areas of research are religious metaphors and the Bible, biblical historical texts, and women and the Bible. He is the author of several books and co-editor of The Jewish Study Bible.
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