An Introduction to the Bible: A Journey into Three Worlds, 7th Edition

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Religion 121L Spring 2008 A guide to what I’m likely to ask you about on a quiz in class Tuesday. Literary world: what to these authors mean by this term? Historical world: what do these authors mean by this term? Contemporary world: what do these authors mean by this term? Can you give examples? Can you distinguish between them? Jewish Bible, Christian Bible: what’s the difference? What does each include? How many books? What sorts of books? In what groupings? For example: Torah/Pentateuch; Prophets; Writings Tanak Apocrypha Gospels Epistles (letters) Apocrypha The composition and transmission of the Bible: what are the major stages in this process? For example: Oral tradition Canonization Septuagint King James Version (KJV or AV) NRSV (New Revised Standard Version) Interpreting the Bible:
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Unformatted text preview: This is a huge topic that we’ll be considering all semester. Having a common understanding of some key terms will help us do this well. For example: • Four levels of meaning: literal, allegorical, moral, mystical • Inerrancy and literalism. • Higher (or historical) criticism The historical context of the Bible, or its location in time and space: • Take a careful look at the maps on pages 22 and 23. Locate Egypt, Mt. Sinai, Jerusalem, Tarsus, Gaza, Joppa, Jabbok River, Jordon River, and Gaza. • Also study Table 1-3, page 30. Group these periods into 3 coherent sub-groups. • Why do Eygpt, Persia, and Greece (Macedonia) matter to the study of the Bible? Make a list of five characteristics of the contemporary world in which you live that matter for our interpretation of the Bible....
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course RELIGION 121 taught by Professor Ghodes-luhman during the Spring '07 term at St. Olaf.

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