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Overview Dawes provides an introduction to the Bible that anchors individual and group study on the solid foundation of basic biblical vocabulary and concepts. (Biblical Studies)
When we first pick it up and open it, the Bible can seem confusing and perhaps even frightening. Here is this bulky book, made up of seventy-three sections with unfamiliar titles such as Deuteronomy, Ecclesiastes, Colossians, and Corinthians, with numbers in front of almost every sentence, rarely any pictures, and perhaps a few maps of ancient areas such as Mesopotamia, Assyria, and Judah. Since the Bible looks like a book, we may start to read it as we would any other book, hoping to move from cover to cover. Then we begin to wonder, Who wrote this? When was it written? What kind of writing is this: History? Science? Biography? Fiction? What am I supposed to get out of it? As (or if) we keep reading the Bible page by page, section by section, we soon realize that this is no ordinary run-of-the-bookshelf volume. Without a guide the Bible is likely to remain the book most often purchased but not very often read and even less often understood.
To rescue Bible readers and students from turning their initial enthusiasm into boredom, Gregory Dawes gives us this "Introduction to the Bible," the indispensable prologue to the entire series of the "New Collegeville Bible Commentary." Dividing the contents into two parts, the author first describes how the Old and New Testaments came to be put together, and then explores how their stories have been interpreted over the centuries. In the words of Dawes, this very broad overview of a very complex history offers the general reader a helpful framework within which to begin to understand the Bible. The author writes clearly, frequently seasoning his explanations with crisp examples. This book anchors individual and group Bible study on the solid foundation of basic biblical vocabulary and concepts.
"Gregory W. Dawes is senior lecturer in both religious studies and philosophy at the University of Otago (New Zealand). He undertook graduate study at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, where he completed the Licentiate degree, before receiving a PhD from the University of Otago in 1995. He has written several books, the most recent being "The Historical Jesus Question: The Challenge of History to Religious Authority "(Westminster John Knox, 2001). He is currently researching Christian responses to the work of Charles Darwin."
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Studio: Liturgical Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.96" Width: 6.36" Height: 0.17" Weight: 0.28 lbs.
Release Date Dec 28, 2007
Publisher Liturgical Press
Series Collegeville Bible Commentary
ISBN 0814628354 ISBN13 9780814628355
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A Clear Overview Jan 17, 2008
Gregory Dawes is a senior lecturer in both religious studies and philosophy at the University of Otago in New Zealand. His Introduction to the Bible is designed for the general reader and also as a prologue to the New Collegeville Bible Commentary series (Liturgical Press). His goal is to help readers begin to understand the Bible and the process of interpretation, reminding us that it was and is carried out by "fallible human beings, bound by the limitations of their time and place."
The first part of the book looks at the way in which the writings that were to become the Old and New testaments were collected and elevated to the status of Sacred Scripture. The historical background is accompanied by lists of books in both testaments, with a division in the Old Testament to show the difference between the Hebrew and Catholic canons. The second part of this work explains the history of biblical interpretation beginning with the Church fathers and ending with the postmodern era. In his introduction, Dawes emphasizes that "while the Bible may be God's word, it is also an artifact, a product of human culture," an idea expressed clearly in Vatican II documents. That understanding, Dawes continues, underscores our need to appreciate the ways in which the Bible has been interpreted throughout Christian history. The book is graced with artwork ranging from Michelangelo's depiction of the Prophet Jeremiah to a photo of Pope Pius XII. Maps of the Old Testament world and the world of Paul are included.
Dawes certainly has met his goal of presenting a clear overview of the origins of the Bible and its interpretation. His concise writing style, logical organization, and helpful format devices make this a work suitable for individual and group use.
Highly recommended for novice to intermediate biblical students and scholars. Jan 5, 2008
Author Gregory W. Daws, a senior lecturer in religious studies and philosophy for the University of Otago New Zealand, has created Introduction to the Bible especially for novice students who might be put off by their first glance at the Bible's great length. Discussing how the Old and New Testaments came to be assembled, Introduction to the Bible offers an overview of the biblical history, thereby giving a framework by which the Bibles tales can be better understood, as well as a solid grounding in basic biblical vocabulary and concepts. "The modern biblical interpreter is inclined to judge the correctness of an interpretation by the method through which it is achieved... if one observes certain safeguards in dealing with the text, then one can be confident about one's result. The church fathers and medieval scholars, on the other hand, enjoyed a great freedom when it came to methods of interpretation... at the end of the day an interpretation was judged acceptable primarily on the basis of its content. St. Augustine, for instance, can accept the possibility of many legitimate interpretations, but only if they are all 'in harmony with our faith.'" Highly recommended for novice to intermediate biblical students and scholars.