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Reading the Bible: An Introduction Hardcover – April 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Cross Cultural Pubns/Crossroads (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940121433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940121430
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #995,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Even though the Bible may be the world's most popular book, it is not necessarily the easiest to read and understand. For that reason, guides to the Bible abound. Walsh (Methodist Coll.) provides such an introduction, intended as a college textbook. His approach is literary critical rather than, for example, historical critical or redaction critical. After a general introduction to the Bible and to literary criticism, he shows one how to read the different books of the Bible with attention to plot, character, style, implied reader, and the like. He concludes with a chapter on the truth of the Bible and with helpful appendixes and a glossary. Walsh's arrangement and style make it easy for any reader, not just the college student, to approach the Bible with greater understanding. Recommended for most religion collections.?John Moryl, Yeshiva Univ. Libs., New York
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Publisher's Weekly says: "Walsh leads readers on an introductory excursion into the Bible, using critical approaches to reading the scriptures, major features of every biblical book, key biblical terms and important phases of the translation of the Bible. Questions, an extensive bibliography and a glossary provide more road markers." -- Publisher Comments

While this is a textbook primarily designed to introduce students to biblical literature, it is equally suitable for any reader who wishes to study The Bible independently. Dr. Richard G. Walsh has created a unique, accessible and up-to-date study guide which blends literary, historical and theological perspectives in an easy-to-read format. Numerous charts and insets highlight and clarify textual content. Bold print calls attention to important issues and terms. Each chapter includes questions for review and suggestions for additional reading and reflection. Appendices I, II and III offer reading guides to the major and minor prophets and the Pauline letters as well as a detailed topical reference. An extensive glossary and bibliography provide a wealth of helpful and informative material. Contemporary readers will particularly appreciate the ways in which the author connects scripture with today's narrative themes. Dr. Walsh is Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion and the Director of the Honors Program at Methodist College, Fayetteville, North Carolina. He encourages students to be adventuresome in their study and discussion of The Bible. He concludes that while The Bible has admittedly lost influence in modern society, it remains relevant by offering an "alternative imagination" and by its ongoing ability to illuminate and challenge our modern world view. -- From Independent Publisher

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Richard Walsh's introduction offers the student a literary critical approach to the Bible. The work's greatest asset is its connections to ancient, modern, and post-modern cultures with many references to movies, literature, historical figures, etc. Walsh's textbook speaks well to two audiences: the student who is satisfied with a reader-friendly introduction and the reader who is eager for a challenging in-depth approach. Walsh accomplishes this dual approach by isolating the more demanding (but also, more rewarding) material-->insets which appear throughout each chapter. They are a book in themselves!
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By Christopher Hawkins on June 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I took Dr. Walsh's class in the late 1990s during the first semester of college. I came from a Christian background, but had somewhat distanced myself from my roots in faith at that point in my life. I can say that, without a doubt, what I learned from this book as he taught it stayed with me for years through all points of my faith. I owe a great deal to Dr. Walsh's teaching, and consider myself blessed to not only have been a part of his class, but to have gained the insight he delves so deeply into with the text. Now, as I am unfortunately disabled and have found myself writing more and more, I can firmly attest that my own research and writings are still influenced by what I learned from this book and Dr. Walsh. I suppose I cannot say enough good things for he truly opened my eyes to unique ways to approach the text, looking at it through myriad lenses, and never forgetting the context of the times in which it was written. Thank you, Dr. Walsh. Sincerely.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Having taken Richard Walsh, the text is a wonderful way to approach reading the Bible. It forces the student to think of the Bible in different ways. It forces those that believe in the Bible to see things differently and those that don't believe in the Bible too as well. Wonderful book from a wonderful, wonderful man
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