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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (January 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608999610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608999613
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,087,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Australian Anglican religion scholar with particular interests in ancient apocalyptic literature, biblical studies, biblical archaeology, Christian origins, and historical Jesus research. Co-director of the Bethsaida Excavations Project in Israel, a Fellow of the Westar Institute (Jesus Seminar), and coordinator of the Jesus Database project.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Frank Glenn on February 8, 2011
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I've taught introductions to the Bible in US evangelical and progressive churches and, as a missionary university professor, in an ESL setting. This is the best one-volume introduction I've seen. Clean prose, scholarly accuracy, balanced interpretation, and the best set of web-based study resources I've seen for support of any religion-oriented text. An extra feature is the division into three successive modules that allow the creation of three "mini-course" modules to facilitate use with adults who can't commit to attend a a long-term continuous group. Yes, you can study it on your own with profit, but it's a wonderful vehicle for combined groups of both biblically-literate and new-to-the-Bible participants.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pat Byrne on March 5, 2012
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This is a welcome book for professional clergy and those who feel most at home with the progressive movement in christianity. Gregory Jenks combines an overview of comtemporary biblical scholarship along with an insightful and sobering view of how the future of the church will most likely unfold. I found the last chapter entitled "Imagining a Future of the bible" irresistible. So, I chose to read it first and I read it a second time with a new appreciation after making my way through the previous chapters.
Although Jenks, as a scholar, reviews well the historical development of biblical criticism and discusses the pastoral challenges of a frightening image of God that arise with the "sacred violence" and other difficulties found in many stories, his greatest contribution is in how he understands the nature of the interaction between the text and the reader of the bible. For Jenks, it is akin to that of a musician interpreting the music from a written score. In the end, the experience can be transforming.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JonoRobo on June 13, 2012
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If you wish to dig deeper into biblical studies in a book that is scholarly but very readable, this may be the book for you. Greg Jenks looks at historical, archaelogical, and documentary evidence to separate historical events from constructs to tell a theological message and does so in a convincing way. Having the electronic version on my Ipad has made it easy to continue my reading while travelling. Amazon through Kindle has made this an easy option.
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By Beth W on November 11, 2014
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Excellent historical read for how the bible came to be. Read more like a textbook but valuable as a continuing resource.
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