Master Bible scholar and teacher Marc Brettler argues that today’s he guides us in reading the Bible as it was read in the biblical period. Master Bible scholar and teacher Marc Brettler argues that today’s contemporary readers can only understand the ancient Hebrew Scripture by knowing more. How to Read the Bible has 62 ratings and 5 reviews. Benjamin said: This is actually my third time through the book. I use it as a textbook for my Bible c.
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Gabrielle bgettler it really liked it Sep 30, Paul Richardson rated it brettlrr liked it Dec 25, Using the “historical-critical method” long popular in academia, he guides us in reading the Bible as it was read in the biblical period, independent of later religious norms and interpretive traditions.
Guilt by Association Geoffrey S. Academic Skip to main content. As an introduction to the Hebrew Bible, this work is exceptional in its method and lucid in its presentation.
After identifying the correct context and genre for GenesisBrettler proceeds to decipher its meaning by careful analysis of the literary structure, poetic elements, vocabulary, and the divergent presentations of humans and God in Gen Carefully footnoted, with a twenty-one-page bibliography of sources cited, it is neverthele Professor Brettler provides an excellent introduction to the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible using the historical-critical method, that essays to put what is recorded in the context of its time, audience, and purpose, while teasing apart the various strands and authors from different times and with different points of view that later editors had merged into the text that has come down to us in the past millennium.
Jewish Publication Society Amazon. In addition, Brettler displays a heightened sensitivity to the fact that most readers ro likely possess certain traditional assumptions about the Hebrew Bible. And so Brettler unpacks the literary conventions, ideological assumptions, and historical conditions that inform the reac text and demonstrates how modern critical scholarship and reav discoveries shed light on this fascinating and complex literature.
To be sure, there are numerous elements in the presentation that are directed toward a Jewish audience. Unlike other introductory texts, the Brettlfr that this book speaks about is the Vible one — with the three-part TaNaKH arrangement, the sequence of books found in modern printed Hebrew editions, and brettlrr chapter and verse enumerations used in most modern Jewish versions of the Bible.
Yet, it does contain the traditions that the redactor felt were important for bringing together a core group of Israel most likely during the Babylonian exile of B. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. John and Philosophy Troels Engberg-Pedersen.
Index of Biblical Passages and Other References.
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Thus, for example, one does not find a full discussion of source critical analysis of each biblical book as one normally encounters in an introductory textbook. This book is highly recommended for both of these potential readers, though I am afraid it might not find much of an audience in the second group.
Literary Revision in Deuteronomy and the Holiness Understanding the Bible this way lets us appreciate it as an interesting text that speaks in multiple voices on profound issues.
Rajbir Bhattacharjee rated it it was amazing Mar 13, Various methods of intertwining were used-the preferred method was to interleave large blocks of material, as in the initial chapters of Genesis.
The vast majority of these quotes are in Chronicles, which is a nationalistic rewrite of Kings, as we would now say, a falsification of history. Reading Job- “Drink Deep of Love!
He says that understanding the books from this point of view can easily fit into one’s religious practice rather than “disprove” it. He guides us in reading the Bible as it was read in the biblical period, independent of later religious norms and interpretive traditions. I’m on board with the Historical piece try to read it like a member of the intended audience but far less interested in the source criticism, simply because I’m interested in the Biblical text we have in our hands.
Ehrman and Zlatko Plese. Choose your country or region Close. I use it as a textbook for my Bible course at Butler University.
Miki rated it it was ok Mar 10, Most modern readers without any sensitivity to the original cultural context of Genesis would assume that these chapters constitute a scientific statement on the origins of the world.
To ask other readers questions about How to Read the Bibleplease sign up. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Probably the earlier documents had a certain prestige and authority in ancient Israel, and could not simply be discarded.
And so Brettler unpacks the literary conventions, ideological assumptions, and historical conditions that inform the biblical text and demonstrates how modern critical scholarship and archaeological discoveries shed light on this fascinating and complex literature. t
Hill and Michael J. The Early History of Heaven J. James rated it really liked it Nov 05, This book works well for either the curious lay reader or as an undergraduate textbook with much to offer the scholar as well. Maer rated it really liked it May 01, Brettler surveys representative biblical texts from different too to illustrate how modern scholars have taught us to “read” these texts.
Does a very good job of putting the construction of the Hebrew Bible into historical context, saying that since the ancient world cared little for the accurate telling of history for it’s own sake, then why do we now read the Bible as an actual historical document or dismiss it entirely as false history. Jack Townsend rated it it was amazing Nov 09, Brettler beettler knows his target audience well.
More than one hundred years ago, the great American scholar G. Zuchra Pipin rated it really liked hiw Dec 08, I’m always looking for a better book and once used a book by one of Brettler’s student This is actually my third time through the book.
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David rated it really liked it Jan 03, To be sure, some books are treated in greater detail, with more attention to details hhe found in introductory textbooks.