Introduction to the Bible

Yale University Press
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This book examines the small library of 24 books common to all Jewish and Christian Bibles-books that preserve the efforts of diverse writers over a span of many centuries to make sense of their personal experiences and those of their people, the ancient Israelites. Professor Christine Hayes guides her readers through the complexities of this polyphonous literature that has served as a foundational pillar of Western civilization, underscoring the variety and even disparities among the voices that speak in the biblical texts.
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Oct 30, 2012
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History / Civilization
Literary Criticism / Ancient & Classical
Religion / Biblical Commentary / Old Testament
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