By J.W. Rogerson

An informal reader enters a bookstore trying to find a Bible. even if, no longer all of the Bibles on show have a similar contents! a few have extra books than others, a few are research variations, a few use gender-free language. How did this take place? This creation works again throughout the methods in which the Bible was once written, transmitted, copied and declared to be authoritative through 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 recent testomony; The Canon of the Bible; The research of the Bible; using the Bible in Social, ethical and Political Questions. This up to date version takes account of advancements in scholarship because the ebook was once first released in 1999 by means of Penguin. J. W. Rogerson is Emeritus Professor of religious study on the college of Sheffield and a Canon Emeritus of Sheffield Cathedral. His many courses hide the ancient, geographical and social heritage to the outdated testomony, the heritage of biblical interpretation, and using the Bible in ethical, social, political and environmental concerns. Contents: Preface to the Revised version; Preface to the unique version; what's the Bible?; How Biblical Writers Wrote; The Making of the previous testomony; The Making of the Apocrypha; The Making of the recent testomony; The Canon of the Bible; The research of the Bible; using the Bible; thesaurus; Abbreviations; Bibliography; Endnotes.

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E. the Roman Catholic Church) has accepted those passages in the Gk. Version not contained in the Hebr. Text’. The Greek additions to Esther were made probably towards the end of the second century BCE. They illustrate, as do the additions to the longer Hebrew text of Jeremiah, that, until ‘canonization’ (a process to be discussed later in the book and provisionally defined for the moment as an official freezing of the number of books counted as scripture) editors and translators felt free to expand texts in smaller or larger ways.

Chapter 2 HOW BIBLICAL WRITERS WROTE The first Chapter has indicated that there is no such thing as the Bible, if by the Bible is meant a collection of material whose content is identical for each and every copy. It has been noted that there are Bibles with and without the Apocrypha, and that even where the Apocrypha is present it can have several variations. It may be integrated among the books of the Old Testament, or gathered together as a separate section between the Old and New Testaments, and in the latter case may contain extra books such as Psalm 151 and 3 and 4 Maccabees.

This critical scholarly consensus is currently disintegrating under pressure from two directions. First, archaeological investigations are increas- 36 An Introduction to the Bible ingly questioning whether there was much of an Israelite state in the time of David and Solomon let alone a small Israelite empire. Secondly, some literary experts are dating the Yahwist’s work to the exilic period (sixth century BCE) rather than the time of Solomon. An intermediate view, and one provisionally accepted here, is that the most likely time for the composition of the Tetrateuchal narratives is the reign of Hezekiah (c.

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