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"Serving as an expert tour guide, Jerry Sumney provides informed, understandable, and interesting descriptions of the biblical terrain from Genesis to Revelation, calling attention both to prominent features and important particulars. 'Tourists' who have been this way before as well as those who have not will profit from the knowledge that Sumney shares on this enlightening journey through the Bible." --Victor Paul Furnish, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus Southern Methodist University, Dallas

"This comprehensive guide to the Bible, full of helpful charts and illustrations, will prove a valuable resource both in the classroom and for personal study. Sumney keeps an excellent balance between the big picture - for those beginning to explore the Bible - and the more sophisticated details that will assist those who seek to expand their biblical knowledge." --Leticia Guardiola-Saenz, Assistant Professor of Christian Scriptures, Seattle University

"Jerry Sumney's The Bible: An Introduction provides a clear, concise, and engaging invitation to the study of the most influential book on the history of western civilization, without sacrificing either the complexities of academic approaches to biblical studies or the nuances of people's relationships with biblical texts within all kinds of communities of commitment. This book embodies such a delicate balance, struck so appropriately, and should not be overlooked!" --Davina C. Lopez, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Eckerd College, Saint Petersburg

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Jerry L. Sumney is Professor of Biblical Studies at Lexington Theological Seminary and the author of a number of books, including Colossians: A Commentary (2008) and Identifying Paul's Opponents: The Question of Method in 2 Corinthians (1990). He is also the co-editor of Theology and Ethics in Paul and His Interpreters (1996) and of Paul and Pathos (2006).

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800663748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800663742
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Stevens on April 16, 2010
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Jerry Sumney's most recent work, THE BIBLE, AN INTRODUCTION, was projected to be used primarily as a textbook, but this very useful new reference is equally valuable for those studying their bibles at home. The term "textbook" does tend to make people long out of university grimace, causing them to regard a book using that moniker as something previously owned by a colony of lepers, but that need not be the case.

Sumney's THE BIBLE is logically laid out, unfolding itself to the reader in a general introduction covering the canonization, transmission, and inspiration of the biblical texts, and then two subsequent sections covering every book in both the Old and the New Testaments. Since THE BIBLE is a textbook, there are short reviews at the end of each chapter, as well as a section showing the key terms and ideas covered by the chapter. There are even questions for discussion at the end of each chapter, and it is the inclusion of these questions that actually makes THE BIBLE invaluable to the reader who is not using the work as a classroom textbook. Approaching a text from the need to answer a question generates a different reader-text dynamic than merely reading a text for the sake of reading it, and the questions found at the end of each chapter in THE BIBLE, while they reinforce the information found in the text, also illuminate the reader, prodding the reader towards the longing for an even deeper understanding of the Biblical message.

As in his other published body of work, Sumney's writing is clear, concise, clarifying, and always methodical, constructing his argument as carefully as any civil or mechanical engineer. An excellent example of his approach is the third chapter on the inspiration of the Bible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JSNLAN on August 31, 2015
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Sumney's model of Biblical Criticism leads him to dismiss much of the Scriptures - especially the 'miraculous' that most Evangelicals would interpret literally - as merely collections of prose and allegorical (and thus non-literal) stories developed by the Bible's early editors and gatekeepers to teach faith lessons. For example, the creation account and the Genesis flood are interpreted or re-interpreted in non-literal terms and/or are simply too inaccurate to be accepted verbatim. Little time is spent discussing alternate (and more literal) approaches to these texts. His basic assumptions are at the core naturalistic and he quickly resorts to non-supernatural explanations of that which is beyond his human comprehension.

The books accepts uncritically the 2 or 3-author theory of Isaiah and spends little time outlining the traditional views concerning authorship of the other books of the Bible. His views on Biblical inerrancy are pretty much in line with the liberal side of biblical scholarship and he quickly dismisses the common view of verbal plenary inspiration widely accepted by Evangelical scholars, teachers, and laity alike.

This book's approach to the Scriptures strips it and Christianity of much of it's mystique as well as the faith element required to accept the supernatural intervention of the traditional Christian God - one who is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent and powerfully intervening in history and the lives of men and women.

In my opinion, the author presents us with a view of a rather weak, anemic, hapless God - created in the image of finite man - rather than one of mankind created in the image of an infinite, powerful, loving God.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia K. Macready on September 14, 2013
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I've studied the Bible most of my life and found this book to be a great new study tool. It was required reading for a certification class in Children's Ministry. I looked at its size and flinched at the drudgery of plowing through it. It was a breeze. It is so well-written for the layperson - foregoing all the $10 words for plain-speak, or explaining them so you can use them properly. It is easy to use as a reference and actually really fun to read. (I read most of it on a beach trip.) This is a text that I keep at my fingertips, so that I can share it with parishioners and colleagues.
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By linda on February 5, 2013
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The purchase was great and th book was as promised. The readings in the book attempt to break down the stories of the Bible, but they still are somewhat hard to understand. Overall I like it.
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Book was not in as good of shape as I would have liked. There was a lot of hi-lighting. Great book for a group Bible study.
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By chel2305 on December 10, 2012
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Purchased this book for my daughter in college. She enjoyed it so much that she asked me to read it. It is a great read.
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