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A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible [Paperback]

By Leland Ryken (Author) & Tremper Longman III (Author)
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The aim of Complete Literary Guide to the Bible, edited by Leland Ryken and Tremper Longman III is to insure consistency in method and scope with a view to integrating literary and biblical studies. The book has four parts: The Bible as Literature, The Literature of the Old Testament, the Literature of the New Testament, the Literary Influence of the Bible.

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The EditorsLeland Ryken Wheaton College (Illinois) Tremper Longman III Westminster Theological Seminary The Authors Fredrick Buechner Novelist John Sailhamer Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Wilson G. Baroody (deceased) Arizona State UniversityWilliam F. Gentrup Arizona State UniversityKenneth R.R. Gros Louis Indiana University Willard Van Antwerpen Indiana University Nancy Tischler The Pennsylvania State University V. Philips Long Covenant Theological Seminary Michael Hagan North American Baptist Seminary Richard L. Pratt, Jr. Reformed Theological Seminary Douglas Green Yale University Wilma McClarty Southern College Jerry A. Gladson First Christian Church, Garden Grove, California Raymond C. Van Leeouwen Calvin Theological Seminary G. Lloyd Carr Gordon College Richard Patterson Liberty University James H. Sims The University of Southern Mississippi Branson L. Woodard, Jr. Liberty University Amberys R. Whittle Georgia Southern University John H. Augustine Yale University Michael Travers Grand Rapids Baptist College Marianne Meye Thompson Fuller Theological Seminary John W. Sider Westmont College Carey C. Newman Palm Beach Atlantic CollegeWilliam G. Doty The University of Alabama/Tuscaloosa Chaim Potak Novelist Gene Warren Doty University of Missouri-Rolla Sidney Greidanus Calvin Theological Seminary

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   528
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 1.4"
Weight:   1.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 14, 1999
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310230780  
ISBN13  9780310230786  
UPC  025986230784  

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More About Leland Ryken & Tremper Longman III

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Leland Ryken is Professor of English at Wheaton College, where he has taught since 1968. He has published nearly two dozen books on various subjects including literature in Christian perspective, the Bible as literature, and Milton. His previous titles include The Liberated Imagination, The Discerning Reader, A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible, Words of Delight and Realms of Gold.

Leland Ryken currently resides in the state of Illinois.

Leland Ryken has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Christian Guides to the Classics
  2. Writers' Palette Book

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1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Criticism & Interpretation
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Hermeneutics

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Overall Useful Collection  Aug 3, 2006
This book is a collection of essays on how to read the Bible well from a literary perspective. Essays are very mixed in quality: some are extremely insightful, others trite (e.g., the essay on Ruth offers generalities from a quasi-feminist point of view while offering very little reflection on the actual text); most are true to the text, though a few ignore clear elements in the text to support a bias (e.g., the essay on Esther makes Vashdi and Haman's wife out to be heroines only by ignoring key literary elements). Some essays are dry and shed little real insight on how the literary elements of the text contribute to meaning. Yet with that said, the good essays (of which there are a fair number), make the book as a whole a worthwhile read. How does one read Biblical poetry well? What literary qualities guide us to understanding Ecclestiastes and Song of Songs? How does literary intent help us understand some of the differences in accounts in Kings and Chronicles? etc. I found the essays on Genesis, I & II Samuel, Ezra/Neh., Ecclestiastes, Song of Songs, Parables, and Revelation most useful: those at least, along with fragments elsewhere in the book, make it worthwhile for improved Biblical understanding.
Incomplete complete guide to the Bible.  Dec 7, 2005
This book contains various essays about different aspects of literary structure of the Bible. Is this complete guide to the Bible? Not at all! The title of this book is too big for this item. It seems this book is like a collection of lectures from the Bible conference. Quality of essays are uneven. Some essays are excellent, but some are so so.
A collection of essays showing the Bible's literary value.  Mar 30, 1999
Each book of the Bible is examined for its literary value by different contributers who are scholars (Biblical and literary) in their respective field. Although the two main genres contained in the Bible- poetry and narrative- are emphasized, other genres are also examined. Layman or expert, student or teacher will all benefit from reading this literary exposition of the Bible. I recommend Ryken's and Longman's book to anyone wishing to expand his knowledge of various literary genres and also willing to have his present view of the Bible challenged. A Christian may be startled by the literary freedom displayed through the writings of each Biblical author and the non-Christian can appreciate the beauty of the Bible as a literary work.

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