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Kenneth Davis, popular purveyor of stuff you should know but never learned, turns his research engine to the land of Job and Jesus. Ever wonder who wrote the Bible, what the difference is between a disciple and an apostle, or how the Dead Sea Scrolls measure up? Davis tackles the entire Bible, book by book, from Genesis to Revelation, offering succinct capsules of the action and backgrounders that are as entertaining as the tabloids--except that Davis's information is reliable. On every page, you can see the immense amount of research he has put into this work, drawing on the most up-to-date scholarship and presenting it in fresh, easy-to-swallow doses. Chronologies at various points put historical events into perspective. The high point of Don't Know Much About the Bible comes in the New Testament section, where Davis compares the different versions of the Gospels for the various episodes in Jesus' life and offers insights on issues that are still discussed today. By the way, did you know that Jesus' name was really Joshua and that he wasn't born in the year 1? More tidbits await. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Davis (Don't Know Much About History) attempts to teach us everything we need to know about the Bible but never learned. Davis brings to life the world of the Bible by putting it in historical context and attempting to clear up misconceptions and mistranslations. He summarizes Bible stories and parables, adding his own interpretive insights. Among his claims: Joseph didn't own a coat of many colors (the words have been mistranslated); Moses didn't part the Red Sea; Jonah wasn't in the belly of a whale; King David didn't kill Goliath, nor did he write the Psalms; Jesus probably wasn't born in Bethlehem; Jesus performed three resurrections besides his own. Davis also identifies which biblical teachings he thinks were appropriate for a semi-nomadic desert tribe but are no longer applicable to life at the dawn of the 21st century (e.g., the prohibition in Leviticus against planting your fields with two different kinds of seeds). While Davis's engaging volume offers little for biblical experts, it serves as an good introduction for Bible novices.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Excellent book on what the bible is really about and where it came from. Those who are serious about their Christian religion(s) may not appreciate the truth revealed about the... Read morePublished 12 days ago by marcus c bock
Great book for those looking for an education on a book they are thinking about reading..or just want some facts behind the book.Published 27 days ago by Damien Caban
I really wanted to like this book, having read this author's previous effort entitled "Don't Know Much About Geography", but less than 50-pages in decided that there was a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JonPittsburgh67
This is one of those books that will not please everyone; but taken as an introduction for Bible newbies, this is interesting reading. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JJares
I was looking for a factual(?), no holds barred review of the basic bible stories. And that was this gave me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love the "don't know much about" series. I did not necessarily agree with everything that Mr. Davis wrote, but did enjoy another viewpoint.Published 3 months ago by Jeannie
It made me interested in the Bible and more understanding of the history of the text.Published 3 months ago by Lonnie Schumacher