By Donald W. Musser, Clyde Fant
This article offers a finished and definitive creation to the literature, cultures, and theologies of the early Jewish and Christian traditions. Designed to be learn with chosen passages from the Bible and the Apocrypha, An advent to the Bible bargains crucial info to scholars with very little adventure within the educational research of faith. it's going to aid scholars achieve an exceptional heritage for destiny paintings in religious study. The revised variation contains information about new instructions in bible study, a revised bibliography, and an issue index - in addition to maps, charts and pictures. "This quantity is pedagogically self-aware. the following communicate lecturers who dwell with regards to the educating setting. The narrative account of loads of fabric is sufferer, conscious of aspect, keen to pause to supply small tutorial clues, forever maintaining the massive photograph in concentration. This moment variation of the publication attests either to the power of its authors and to the optimistic reception the e-book has already loved. Given the massive cultural challenge upon us, such guideline in a context that reaches past 'the choir' is welcome and tremendously vital. transparent, good equipped, brand new, and reflective of trustworthy scholarly consensus. most crucial, i think, is the chance that its student-users will subscribe to extra scripture study....[The publication] may also help scholars generate not just a starting with the Bible, yet a long term interest." --Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. "As such a lot teachers of introductory survey classes in bible study will attest, discovering an appropriate textbook could be very a problem. The revised variation of An creation to the Bible marks a robust contribution to the sphere. it's a well-structured, in actual fact written textbook. The authors include some of the most modern discussions in regards to the formation and next understandings of either the Hebrew Bible and the recent testomony. scholars utilizing this e-book could be uncovered to the wealthy content material of historical close to jap experiences. they're going to additionally locate themselves challenged to learn those classical texts utilizing one of the most contemporary hermeneutic arguments in circulation....An advent to the Bible offers an exceptional access element for a serious method of the sacred texts of Judaism and Christianity."---C. Shaun Longstreet, Texas A&M collage, excerpted from the evaluate of Biblical Literature, August 2003.
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Works that were accepted as authoritative had to conform to the teachings of the Torah and other writings that were already normative for Jewish belief and practice. Furthermore, works that were accepted had to have been written by divinely inspired prophets. ). Works believed to have been written after that time were possibly excluded on that basis. ) In addition, works that were not originally written in Hebrew were excluded. The Jews believed that works produced in Greek were likely to be corrupted by Hellenistic influences; furthermore, since Hebrew was the language of the prophets, they were sure Greek writings could not be inspired writings.
Even after the production of literary documents became more common, however, oral traditions did not cease. Instead, oral and written traditions were preserved parallel to each other for much of Israel's history. Most of the Torah (Law) comprised the first major literary collection within the Hebrew Bible. There are, however, some materials in the other two major collections, the Nevi’im (Prophets) and the Ketuvim (Writings), that predate certain portions of the Torah. The growth of these writings from their smallest literary units to the books of the Hebrew Scriptures was a complicated process.
Furthermore, other writings that were later not accorded authoritative status were being accepted and used as sacred Scripture by some Jewish groups. Included in this latter category are some of the works contained in the Apocrypha and the Pseudepigrapha. E. E. ) A date for the closing of the third section of the Hebrew Bible is difficult to assign since Jewish leaders made no official pronouncements regarding the limits of the Jewish canon. , Judaism seems to have been moving toward consensus in regard to the general parameters of the Jewish canon, although contrary opinions continued to be voiced for several more centuries.