Re-claiming the Bible for A Non-religious World

Re-claiming the Bible for A Non-religious World

eBook - 2011
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Explores the origin and meaning of each book of the Bible, arguing that the text should not be regarded as authoritative and instead should be open to interpretation to accommodate the ever-changing modern world.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperOne/HarperCollins Pub., c2011.
ISBN: 9780062098696
0062098691
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xviii, 414 p.)
Contents: Setting the stage: posing the problem. Examining the Bible's mystique
The formation of the Torah. Breaking open the Books of Moses ; The Yahwist document : the original narrative ; The Elohist document : the Torah expands ; The Deuteronomic writers : the third strand of the Torah ; The priestly document : the fourth strand of the Torah
The rise of the prophets. The transitional books : Joshua, Judges, and Samuel ; The story of Nathan : all are subject to the law ; I and II Kings, Elijah and Elisha : step two in the prophetic tradition
Introducing the writing prophets. The prophetic principle: ancient and modern ; The Isaiahs I, II, and III ; Jeremiah : prophet of doom ; Ezekiel ; prophet of the exile ; Daniel : misplaced but potent
The minor prophets : the book of the twelve. Hosea : the prophet who changed God's name to love ; Amos : the prophet who changed God's name to justice ; Micah : the prophet who turned liturgy into life ; Jonah : definer of prejudice ; I and II Zechariah : shapers of the Jesus story ; Malachi : the dawn of universalism
The Bible's protest literature. Job : icon of a new consciousness ; Ruth : the myth of racial purity
Liturgical books and wisdom literature. THe book of psalms ; Wisdom literature : Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon ; Lamentations and Esther : books designed for liturgical observances ; The chronicler, Ezra and Nehemiah : national mythmakers
Introducing the Christian scriptures, commonly called the New Testament. A new beginning
an old theme ; Dating the historical Jesus ; Dating the New Testament in relation to the life of Jesus ; the oral period
Paul : the first New Testament writer. The witness of Paul ; Paul's secret thorn ; Paul's early Epistles : I Thessalonians and Galatians ; The Corinthian Letters ; Resurrection according to Paul ; Resurrection through Jewish eyes ; Romans : the Gospel of Paul ; The theology of Paul as revealed in Romans ; Who is Christ for Paul? The Gospel in Romans ; The elder Paul : Philemon and Phillipans ; Post-Pauline Epistles : II Thessalonians, Colossians and Ephesians
The synoptic Gospels. Exploring Mark : the original Gospel ; Park's use of synagogue worship patterns ; Mark's first narrative of the Crucifixion : a Passover format ; Matthew : the most Jewish Gospel ; Matthew's interpretive secret ; Matthew and the liturgical year of the sysnagogue ; Luke : moving toward the Gentile world ; Luke's vision of universalism ; Acts : the spirit that embraces the world and drives toward wholeness ; Paul and early Christians as viewed through Acts
The pastoral Epistles, Hebrews and the general Epistles. I and II Timothy and Titus : "We have the truth!" ; The Epistle to the Hebrews ; The general Epistles : James, I and II Peter and Jude
The Johannine corpus. Introducing the Johannine paterial ; The Gospel of John : not a literal book ; The raising of Lazarus and the identity of the beloved disciple ; The epilogue of John ; The Johannine Epistles and the Book of Revelation.
Summary: Explores the origin and meaning of each book of the Bible, arguing that the text should not be regarded as authoritative and instead should be open to interpretation to accommodate the ever-changing modern world.

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lisasutton
Oct 05, 2012

This is a fantastic book. Takes you right through the bible, warts and all. It makes you realize the bible was written by fallible men not God.

ser_library Apr 26, 2012

-historical context

-directed to the intelligent general reader

-a bit repetitive

-good for discussion groups

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