The Oxford Illustrated History of the Bible

The Oxford Illustrated History of the Bible

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
A distinguished team of scholars assesses the importance of the Bible and retraces its history in words and images across two thousand years.

Book News
Written by biblical scholars working mainly in English and Scottish universities (Rogerson is at the U. of Sheffield), this volume encompasses the history of the creation and interpretation of the Bible in an accessible prose (without notes) that will appeal to undergraduates in religious studies as well as the general reader. The historical background of the Old and New Testaments and the Apocrypha are followed by accounts of their translation and interpretation, with chapters on the Bible in the Eastern churches, in Judaism, and in literature. The final section explores contemporary interpretation, with a chapter on feminist scholarship and three chapters on liberation theology in Latin America, Africa, and Europe. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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A history on how the Bible has been made, used, and interpreted includes information on the Bible's authorship, copying, various translations and versions, modern appeal, and uses of the Bible in today's world.

Oxford University Press
Here is the story of a book--the Bible--a book like no other, which has been in continuous use for nearly 2000 years. In this new Oxford history, a distinguished team of scholars presents an authoritative account of that story, richly illustrated, and based on the latest research.
Readers will learn how a collection of writings in Semitic languages and in Greek--writings that we now call the Books of the Bible--developed over a period of about 800 years and how, even before the Bible existed as one volume, its constituent parts were interpreted and subjected to a scrutiny that no other writing has had to endure. The contributors trace the routes by which the canon of Scripture was determined, shedding light on the many controversies over which writings should be regarded as authoritative and which should be considered Apocrypha and hidden from public use. They describe how over centuries the writings were copied, translated, and printed, and how they were interpreted in Judaism and in the churches in the East and West. It concludes with surveys of how the Bible is used today in feminist criticism, and in the movements for theological liberation in Latin America, Africa, and Europe. The volume also features an index and a guide to further reading.
Written by an international team of 17 renowned biblical scholars, and handsomely illustrated with over 150 black-and-white illustrations and 24 pages of color plates, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Bible is an essential resource for everyone interested in the origin and interpretation of the Word of God.

Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2001
ISBN: 9780198601180
Branch Call Number: 220 OXF
Characteristics: xvi, 395 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Rogerson, John 1935-


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