An Introduction to the Bible by J.W. Rogerson

By J.W. Rogerson

An informal reader enters a book shop trying to find a Bible. even though, now not all of the Bibles on exhibit have an identical contents! a few have extra books than others, a few are learn versions, a few use gender-free language. How did this turn up? This creation works again during the procedures in which the Bible used to be written, transmitted, copied and declared to be authoritative by means of numerous church buildings. the next subject matters are handled: what's the Bible?; How Biblical Writers Wrote; The Making of the previous testomony; The Making of the Apocrypha; The Making of the hot testomony; The Canon of the Bible; The research of the Bible; using the Bible in Social, ethical and Political Questions. This up-to-date variation takes account of advancements in scholarship because the e-book was once first released in 1999 via Penguin. J. W. Rogerson is Emeritus Professor of religious study on the college of Sheffield and a Canon Emeritus of Sheffield Cathedral. His many guides conceal the historic, geographical and social heritage to the outdated testomony, the heritage of biblical interpretation, and using the Bible in ethical, social, political and environmental matters. Contents: Preface to the Revised variation; Preface to the unique version; what's the Bible?; How Biblical Writers Wrote; The Making of the outdated testomony; The Making of the Apocrypha; The Making of the hot testomony; The Canon of the Bible; The learn of the Bible; using the Bible; word list; Abbreviations; Bibliography; Endnotes.

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26 An Introduction to the Bible And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights. On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japhet, and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark, they and every beast according to its kind, and all the cattle according to their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth according to its kind, every bird of every sort. They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. And they that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the LORD shut him in.

Not exactly. Even Bibles that contain no explanatory comments contain chapter or section headings, and these can predispose readers to see the text in a particular way. An instructive example is a Bible published by the British and Foreign Bible Society in 1956 to commemorate its third Jubilee, 1804–1954. While, in accordance with the Bible Society’s then charter, there are no comments, and even the section headings are minimal such as, for example, ‘Jacob and Laban’, ‘Jacob and Esau’, ‘Jacob’s children’, a feature of this Bible is that some parts of the Old Testament are in much smaller print than the rest of the work.

The King James translation of 1611) of the Bible was good enough for Paul (the first-century apostle) it was good enough for him. This polemic against modern translations is not only absurd because Paul predates the AV by over 1500 years and because much of the New Testament had not been written by the time of Paul’s death. It overlooks the fact that Paul had no experience of books as we know them and that for him, the Bible (probably in Greek) existed only as a collection of separate scrolls. Chapter 3 THE MAKING OF THE OLD TESTAMENT Writing in the ancient world was an activity mainly confined to a professional class located in two powerful institutions, the temple and the royal court.

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