The New Testament A Very Short Introduction

The New Testament  A Very Short Introduction
Author : Luke Timothy Johnson
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Total Pages : 160
Release : 2010-04-22
ISBN 10 : 9780199735709
ISBN 13 : 0199735700
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The New Testament A Very Short Introduction Book Description:

A brief yet essential introduction to the New Testament that chronicles the real people-- and historical and literary movements--that created it.

The Old Testament A Very Short Introduction

The Old Testament  A Very Short Introduction
Author : Michael D. Coogan
Publisher : OUP USA
Total Pages : 140
Release : 2008-03-28
ISBN 10 : 9780195305050
ISBN 13 : 0195305051
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Old Testament A Very Short Introduction Book Description:

This Very Short Introduction provides a short, accessible overview for general readers interested in learning more about the Old Testament and its interpretation. Coogan explores the significance of the history and literature of the Old Testament and describes how non-biblical evidence, such as archaeological data and texts, has illuminated the Old Testament in a larger context. Coogan discusses law in the Bible, particularly the Ten Commandments and the biblical understandings of prophecy, myth, exodus, death, and afterlife. Finally, Coogan discusses the enduring significance of the Old Testament.

The New Testament as Literature A Very Short Introduction

The New Testament as Literature  A Very Short Introduction
Author : Kyle Keefer
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Total Pages : 144
Release : 2008-10-24
ISBN 10 : 0199724202
ISBN 13 : 9780199724208
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The New Testament as Literature A Very Short Introduction Book Description:

The words, phrases, and stories of the New Testament permeate the English language. Indeed, this relatively small group of twenty-seven works, written during the height of the Roman Empire, not only helped create and sustain a vast world religion, but also have been integral to the larger cultural dynamics of the West, above and beyond particular religious expressions. Looking at the New Testament through the lens of literary study, Kyle Keefer offers an engrossing exploration of this revered religious text as a work of literature, but also keeps in focus its theological ramifications. Unique among books that examine the Bible as literature, this brilliantly compact introduction offers an intriguing double-edged look at this universal text--a religiously informed literary analysis. The book first explores the major sections of the New Testament--the gospels, Paul's letters, and Revelation--as individual literary documents. Keefer shows how, in such familiar stories as the parable of the Good Samaritan, a literary analysis can uncover an unexpected complexity to what seems a simple, straightforward tale. At the conclusion of the book, Keefer steps back and asks questions about the New Testament as a whole. He reveals that whether read as a single document or as a collection of works, the New Testament presents readers with a wide variety of forms and viewpoints, and a literary exploration helps bring this richness to light. A fascinating investigation of the New Testament as a classic literary work, this Very Short Introduction uses a literary framework--plot, character, narrative arc, genre--to illuminate the language, structure, and the crafting of this venerable text. About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

Jesus A Very Short Introduction

Jesus  A Very Short Introduction
Author : Richard Bauckham
Publisher : OUP Oxford
Total Pages : 144
Release : 2011-07-28
ISBN 10 : 9780191620218
ISBN 13 : 0191620211
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jesus A Very Short Introduction Book Description:

Two billion people today identify as Christians, with the implication that Jesus is the focus of their relationship with God, and their way of living in the world. Such followers of Jesus are now more numerous and make up a greater proportion of the world's population than ever before. Despite its decline in the West, Christianity is rapidly increasing in areas such as Africa and China. Richard Bauckham explores the historical figure of Jesus, evaluating the sources and concluding that they provide us with good historical evidence for his life and teaching. In order to place Jesus in his proper historical context, as a Jew from Galilee in the early first century of our era, Bauckham looks at Jewish religion and society in the land of Israel under Roman rule. He explores Jesus' symbolic practices as well as his teachings, looks at his public career and emphasises how his actions, such as healing and his association with notorious sinners, were just as important as his words. Bauckham shows that Jesus was devoted to the God of Israel, with a special focus on God's fatherly love and compassion, and like every Jewish teacher he expounded the Torah, but did so in his own distinctive way. With a discussion about the way Jesus understood himself and what finally led to his death as a criminal on a Roman cross, he concludes by considering the significance Jesus has come to have for Christian faith worldwide. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The Apocryphal Gospels A Very Short Introduction

The Apocryphal Gospels  A Very Short Introduction
Author : Paul Foster
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Total Pages : 152
Release : 2009-02-26
ISBN 10 : 9780199236947
ISBN 13 : 0199236941
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Apocryphal Gospels A Very Short Introduction Book Description:

biblical studies." --Book Jacket.

The New Testament A Very Short Introduction

The New Testament  A Very Short Introduction
Author : Luke Timothy Johnson
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Total Pages : 160
Release : 2010-03-01
ISBN 10 : 9780199742554
ISBN 13 : 0199742553
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The New Testament A Very Short Introduction Book Description:

As ancient literature and a cornerstone of the Christian faith, the New Testament has exerted a powerful religious and cultural impact. But how much do we really know about its origins? Who were the people who actually wrote the sacred texts that became part of the Christian Bible? The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction authoritatively addresses these questions, offering a fresh perspective on the underpinnings of this profoundly influential collection of writings. In this concise, engaging book, noted New Testament scholar Luke Timothy Johnson takes readers on a journey back to the time of the early Roman Empire, when the New Testament was written in ordinary Greek (koine) by the first Christians. The author explains how the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, and Revelation evolved into the canon of sacred writings for the Christian religion, and how they reflect a reinterpretation of the symbolic world and societal forces of first-century Greco-Roman and Jewish life. Equally important, readers will find both a positive and critical reading of the New Testament--one that looks beyond its theological orientation to reveal an often-surprising diversity of viewpoints. This one-of-a-kind introduction engages four distinct dimensions of the earliest Christian writings--anthropological, historical, religious, and literary--to provide readers with a broad conceptual and factual framework. In addition, the book takes an in-depth look at compositions that have proven to be particularly relevant over the centuries, including Paul's letters to the Corinthians and Romans and the Gospels of John, Mark, Matthew, and Luke. Ideal for general readers and students alike, this fascinating resource characterizes the writing of the New Testament not as an unknowable abstraction or the product of divine intervention, but as an act of human creativity by people whose real experiences, convictions, and narratives shaped modern Christianity.

The Abrahamic Religions a Very Short Introduction

The Abrahamic Religions  a Very Short Introduction
Author : Charles L. Cohen
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages : 152
Release : 2020-01-08
ISBN 10 : 9780190654344
ISBN 13 : 0190654341
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Abrahamic Religions a Very Short Introduction Book Description:

In the book of Genesis, God bestows a new name upon Abram--Abraham, a father of many nations. With this name and his Covenant, Abraham would become the patriarch of three of the world's major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Connected by their mutual--if differentiated--veneration of the One God proclaimed by Abraham, these traditions share much beyond their origins in the ancient Israel of the Old Testament. This Very Short Introduction explores the intertwined histories of these monotheistic religions, from the emergence of Christianity and Islam to the violence of the Crusades and the cultural exchanges of al-Andalus. Each religion continues to be shaped by this history but has also reacted to the forces of modernity and politics. Movements such as the Reformation and that led by seventh-century Kharijites have emerged, intentioned to reform or restore traditional religious practice but quite different in their goals and effects. Relationships with states, among them Israel and Saudi Arabia, have also figured importantly in their development. The Abrahamic Religions: A Very Short Introduction brings these traditions together into a common narrative, lending much needed context to the story of Abraham and his descendants. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The Dead Sea Scrolls a Very Short Introduction

The Dead Sea Scrolls  a Very Short Introduction
Author : Timothy Lim
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Total Pages : 144
Release : 2017-03-23
ISBN 10 : 9780198779520
ISBN 13 : 0198779526
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dead Sea Scrolls a Very Short Introduction Book Description:

Since their discovery in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls have become an icon in popular culture that transcends their status as ancient Jewish manuscripts. Everyone has heard of the Scrolls, but amidst the conspiracies, the politics, and the sensational claims, it can be difficult to separate the myths from the reality. In this Very Short introductions, Timothy Lim discusses the cultural significance of the finds, and the religious, political and legal controversies during the seventy years of study since the discovery. He also looks at the contribution the Scrolls have made to our understanding of the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible, and the origins of early Christianity. Exploring the most recent scholarly discussions on the archaeology of Khirbet Qumran, and the study of the biblical texts, the canon, and the history of the Second Temple Period, he considers what the scrolls reveal about sectarianism in early Judaism. Was the archaeological site of Qumran a centre of monastic life, a fortress, a villa, or a pottery factory? Why were some of their biblical texts so different from the ones that we read today? Did they have 'a Bible'? Who were the Essenes and why did they think that humanity is to be divided between 'the sons of light' and those in darkness? And, finally, do the Scrolls reflect the teachings of the earliest followers of Jesus? ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The Devil A Very Short Introduction

The Devil  A Very Short Introduction
Author : Darren Oldridge
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Total Pages : 144
Release : 2012-05-31
ISBN 10 : 9780199580996
ISBN 13 : 0199580995
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Devil A Very Short Introduction Book Description:

The Devil has fascinated writers and theologians since the time of the New Testament, and inspired many dramatic and haunting works of art. Today he remains a potent image in popular culture. The Devil: A Very Short Introduction presents an introduction to the Christian Devil through the history of ideas and the lives of real people.

Angels A Very Short Introduction

Angels  A Very Short Introduction
Author : David Albert Jones
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Total Pages : 141
Release : 2011-10-27
ISBN 10 : 9780199547302
ISBN 13 : 0199547300
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Angels A Very Short Introduction Book Description:

What are angels? Where were they first encountered? Can we distinguish angels from gods, fairies, ghosts, and aliens? And why do they remain so popular? This Very Short Introduction investigates stories and speculations about angels in religions old and new, in art, literature, film, and the popular imagination.