Item description for And God Said What?: An Introduction to Biblical Literary Forms by Margaret Nutting Ralph...
Overview Introduces readers to the importance of understanding the various literary forms that appear in Scripture: myth, legend, debate, fiction, Gospel, parable, allegory, letter, and apocalypse. Original.
Publishers Description A revised edition of a bestseller that introduces readers to the importance of understanding the various literary forms that appear in Scripture.
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Studio: Paulist Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.18" Height: 0.84" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2003
Publisher Paulist Press
ISBN 0809141299 ISBN13 9780809141296
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More About Margaret Nutting Ralph
Margaret Nutting Ralph, PhD, is secretary of educational ministries for the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky. She also directs the master's degree programs for Roman Catholics at the Lexington Theological Seminary. Her doctorate from the University of Kentucky is in English Literature with a concentration in the Bible as literature. For the past thirty years she has taught Scripture to grade school, high school, college, and graduate students, and to adult education groups. Margaret is the author of eight books on Scripture, all published by Paulist Press.
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Reviews - What do customers think about And God Said What?: An Introduction to Biblical Literary Forms?
Great book May 17, 2008
This is one of those books I'm glad I came across in my life. It gave me a deeper understanding of the Bible and the Jewish heritage, as well as a basis to be objective when considering various Bible-related religious stances. I think it will help the genuine seeker who reads the Bible understand the meaning of each book in the Bible with confidence.
And God Said What Mar 29, 2008
I rec'd the order in a timely fashion and in the shape advertised. I was pleased w/ the service.
A MUST for really understanding the Bible! Jul 31, 2006
I've been teaching college-level adult bible study for 15+ years, and this book has put my own study and my approach to teaching in a new, and I feel certain, a more enlightened perspective. Reading the familiar stories, books and letters in the context of their varied literary forms brings excitement and understanding, insights and blessings that have been diminishing with repetition. "And God Said What?" is learned, yet highly readable, addressed to those seekers and teachers who wish to sit beside the original hearers and readers of the bible and understand as they did.
Enlightening and easy reading. Feb 20, 2006
Margaret Nutting Ralph is a teacher and gifted wordsmith. She expresses herself so well and it's no surprise that she understands how others use words. I have been studying and teaching religious education for the last seven years. I found this book gave me great insight into the Bible and explained some of those little mysteries I never understood. When the loving God you believe in says some of the frightening things in the Bible, Dr. Ralph explains why it comes out that way and what it really means. I would recommend this book to everyone interested in the Bible. If you get a chance to hear her speak she is a dynamic speaker, too.
A Great Introduction to Biblical Literature Dec 3, 2005
I first saw Margaret Nutting Ralph's AND GOD SAID WHAT? when I was teaching at a Catholic school in the early 1990's. The catchy title caught my attention, which happens all the time, perhaps too often when I look at all the books I own but will probably never read.. I figured it would be an easy to use reference tool when students asked me questions about the Bible, most of which I was unable to answer, but often asked myself. What I found was something was more than a reference tool. I found a book that explained in easy terms the different types of literature found in the Bible. Ralph discusses many of the literary forms that are part of sacred scripture such as myth, legend, allegory, gospel, letters, parables, and explains them in a way that enhances the understanding of scripture. She is an educator by profession, and her teaching abilities come across in her writing, which is factual but written in an inviting manner. It can easily be used by someone who has little or know knowledge of scripture and wants to come to a better understanding or the more experienced reader who needs something top enliven scripture study.
This book is perfect for a person preparing scripture lessons. Ralph's explanations of the literary forms used in scripture makes it a handy resource. It would also be a good text book for people whoa re studying scripture and would be enjoyable for any Bible Study group or reading group. I know I have used it with Bible study groups and many adult education classes have used the book successfully as a text.
Since the original version has been revised, it shows that I'm not the only one who enjoyed this book and found it useful and it will probably be available of many years to come, introducing people to the wide variety of literature in the Bible and making it a little less confusing and overwhelming.