Traditions of the Bible
A Guide to the Bible as it Was at the Start of the Common Era
By (author) James L. Kugel
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Traditions of the Bible by James L. Kugel
Book DescriptionFocusing on two dozen core stories in the Pentateuch - from the Creation and Tree of Knowledge through the Exodus from Egypt and journey to the Promised Land - James Kugel shows us how the earliest interpreters of the scriptures radically transformed the Bible and made it into the book that has come down to us today. Even before the Bible had attained its final form, its stories, songs, commandments, and prophecies had begun to be interpreted. A body of traditions about what the words meant quickly developed and took its place at the center of Judaism and Christianity. Kugel explains how and why the writers of this formative age of interpretation - roughly 200 B.C.E. to 150 C.E. - assumed such a significant role. Mining their writings - including the Dead Sea Scrolls, works of Philo and Josephus and letters of the Apostle Paul, and writings of the Apostolic Fathers and the rabbinic Sages - he quotes for us the seminal passages that uncover this crucial interpretive process.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674791510
(254mm x 165mm x 60mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 4-Jan-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author James L. Kugel
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How to Read the Bible, Paperback (October 2008)
A renowned scholar and professor of biblical studies presents an essential introduction and companion to the Bible that combines the controversial discoveries of modern scholarship with the wisdom of ancient interpreters.
Bible as it Was, Paperback (November 1999)» View all books by James L. Kugel
This is a guide to the Hebrew Bible, leading the reader chapter by chapter through its most important stories. It aims to show how ancient interpretors let their own interpretations become the generally accepted meaning. All the major transformations and developments of the text are examined.
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Author Biography - James L. Kugel
James L. Kugel is a Professor at Bar-Ilan University.
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