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The Bible: A Historical and Literary Introduction
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2013
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This is designed as a textbook for a 1 semester freshman-level course on the Bible. For that reason, it's by no means exhaustive or overly opinionated. Instead, it just does a great job of summarising the books of the Bible (their content, history and interpretations), as well as introducing some of the modern scholarly thoughts, debates and controversies regarding them. As a textbook, it also asks the reader many thought provoking questions throughout that help point to further areas of study. The book is written through the lens of the critical-historian, not through the lens of any particular Bible-based faith. Ehrman has always ad a knack at communicating, what can be in lesser hands, rather dull material in an engaging and to-the-point way. Highly recommended for anyone who is new to Biblical studies.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2013
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While I am not a Biblical scholar or academician, I find Dr. Ehrman's text t be extremely accessible, clearly written, well organized, and well-documented. I have long been a fan of Dr. Ehman's books and have read each one. I recently was looking for a good historical introduction to the Bible that dealt with authorship, manuscripts, the historical context, and that wasn't too technical or promoting a religious or denominational perspective. Dr. Ehrman has provide dall that in this book. I would think this would be an excellent reference book for any student of the Bible - whether in a college class - or just as a person of taith.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2013
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Ehrman has put together the perfect historical introduction to the Bible for the serious beginner who graves more than what is offered at the typical church study group. You don't need a college degree to understand Ehrman's presentation. It is clear, concise and unbiased, written by a renown Bible historian. You will come away from this eye opening read with a refreshing appreciation and new understanding of the Bible that you did not have before.

For the more advanced Bible buff, I recommend reading this in tandem with "Understanding The Bible" by Stephen Harris.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2014
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This book is very readable and well planned for learning about and understanding the Bible.
Most books about the Bible do not cover the truth of how it was written and by whom. I have
purchased other books by Professor Bart Ehrman and I always found them very interesting
and readable for a non scholar like myself.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2014
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I am a big fan of Dr. Ehrman and have read 5 or 6 books written by him. His knowledge of the New Testament and early Christian religion is without par. When the "Bible" was published I was surprised since his area of expertise was the works written in Greek, the New Testament. I have read many books and reviews of the Bible , and by far the "Bible " is the best. Dr Ehrman's knowledge of the Old Testament is incredible, the details , references , and historical background are spectacular ! The knowledge this man has about the Bible is vast and illuminating . One of the great scholars of our time!
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30 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book because I enjoyed reading Dr. Ehrman's text book on The New Testament, and have always wanted to know more about The Old Testament. I respect Dr. Ehrman's scholarship, and his ability to make what might be complex or abstract, engaging and accessible. I am, however, rather disappointed with this book. Although it is supposed to be an introductory text for college students, it reads like it was written for young adults, very young adults. I was bored almost immediately. I would recommend this for junior high students, but for no one older than that. (Although I just started reading it, I would recommend "The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures" by Coogan, Michael D. Get the 3rd Edition published in 2013).
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on April 16, 2015
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Very clear and concise. Ehrman has a great style of writing--very easy to understand--yet from a scholarly point of view. Highly recommend.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2014
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Very informative primer, serves as an intro. Great for those just starting out. I recommend.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2014
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Perfect shape! Will order again
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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2013
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Your service was fantastic! We received it as soon as it was published! We are going to use this book I. Our Vible classes as a study guide.
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