The Bible is one of the world's most complex and remarkable books. It is the basis of two of the most important religions, and to believers it remains the primary means of spiritual salvation. Yet it is far more than a religious treatise; it is also a work of challenging profundity, charged with the deepest emotions and containing some of the most compelling stories ever told. The influence of the Bible on the history of Western culture has been immense, providing a foundation for its moral and religious codes and a source of inspiration for some of the most exceptional works of art and literature that the world has seen. The Illustrated Guide to the Bible distils the essence of the Old and New Testaments in a series of generously illustrated treatments of major themes and episodes from the Creation to the Apocalypse. Authoritative and highly readable accounts of the historical, social, archaeological and mythological contexts in which its stories occur are contained within a framework that emphasizes narratives and their meanings. The Illustrated Guide to the Bible is an illuminating and comprehensive reference guide to the books, episodes, figures, and places of the Bible. Above all, it offers a highly accessible way to read the narratives that have caught the imagination of the world since the beginnings of civilization, bringing alive the Bible's characters and events while exploring in detail the underlying significance of its major themes. This book is intended for students of history, religious studies, and cultural studies.
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J.R. Porter is Professor Emeritus of Theology at the University of Exeter, England, and a former Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford. He served for twenty years as a member of the General Synod of the Church of England. His many publications include Moses and Monarchy and Proclamation and Presence; in addition, he has contributed to numerous publications, including The Extended Family in the Old Testament: A Source Book of the Bible for Teachers and A Basic Introduction to the Old Testament.
Porter, a former fellow of Oriel College, Oxford, has written a general introduction to the Bible and the Apocrypha that shows how its most important ideas and images may be more reliably interpreted through comparison with the art and artifacts of ancient and modern cultures. Porter's introduction offers a survey of the formation, transmission, and translations of the Bible. His discussion of the role of archaeology and historiography in biblical interpretation is critical and well balanced; he also conveys the importance of the role of myth and mythological concepts. His richly illustrated work demonstrates his appreciation for Western art as a vehicle for conveying the history of scriptural interpretation. The appendixes feature a book-by-book summary of the Bible, separate glossaries of terms and abbreviations, a list of works for further reading, a subject index, and a list of illustration sources. Highly recommended for general readers and informed lay readers, as well as theological researchers.?Robert H. O'Connell, Denver
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Descripción Oxford Univ Press, 1995. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 192116606
Descripción Oxford Univ Press, 1995. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0192116606