The Trinity Guide to the Bible

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A&C Black, Oct 1, 2001 - Religion - 293 pages
Full of strange tales, obscure symbols, and archaic language, the Bible can be difficult to understand and interpret without some guidance. In The Trinity Guide to the Bible, Richard Hiers provides readers with information on the historical contexts and literary forms of the various books that will make the Bible more accessible. For each book of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, as well as the books of the Old Testament Apocrypha, Hiers supplies a summary of the book's basic features, highlights significant passages, and provides information about each book's likely historical settings. Rather than emphasizing a modern interpretation f the texts, Hiers focuses primarily on the beliefs and concerns inherent in each of the books of the Bible, allowing readers to draw their own conclusions. Background essays, at the end of the book, explore the major events and periods of biblical history, the principal literary and editorial features of biblical writing, and the central themes of biblical religion and faith. This important reference book will be a useful tool for readers encountering the Bible for the firs time, as well as for students and study groups searching for a deeper background and detail about the books of the Bible. Richard H. Hiers is Professor of Religion at the University of Florida, and the author of many books in New Testament studies and biblical scholarship.
 

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Contents

Background Essays
1
The Old Testament
33
Esther
81
Job
83
Psalms
86
Proverbs
88
Ecclesiastes
90
Song of Solomon or Canticles
92
Zechariah
124
Malachi
126
The Old Testament Apocrypha Overview
147
Esdras
149
Esdras or 4 Ezra
151
Tobit
154
Judith
156
Additions to Esther
159

Isaiah
93
Jeremiah
97
Lamentations
100
Ezekiel
101
Daniel
104
Hosea
107
Joel
109
Amos
110
Obadiah
113
Jonah
114
Micah
116
Nahum
118
Habakkuk
119
Zephaniah
121
Haggai
122
Wisdom of Solomon or Wisdom
160
Ecclesiasticus or Sirach
162
Baruch
164
Letter of Jeremiah
167
The Prayer of Azariah and the Song of the Three Young Men
168
Susanna
169
Bel and the Dragon
171
The Prayer of Manasseh
173
Maccabees
174
Maccabees
177
The New Testament
191
Suggested Reading
261
Index
277
About the Cover Art 293
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Richard H. Hiers, Professor of Religion, Emeritus, and Affiliate

Professor of Law, Emeritus, University of Florida.

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