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This Very Short Introduction looks at the importance accorded to the Bible by different communities and cultures and attempts to explain why it has generated such a rich variety of uses and interpretations. It explores how the Bible was written, the development of the canon, the role of Biblical criticism, the appropriation of the Bible in high and popular culture, and its use for political ends.
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- Adam Shields
An introduction to how the bible is used and read
My biggest complaint is the editorial decisions about what to focus on. This is intended to be a brief introduction to the bible. I purchased it because I have been looking for an intro book to give to friends. But only about 1/3 was really about the bible. There is an OK chapter on the writing of the bible. And a better chapter about the creation of the canon. But then there is a chapter on changes in reading the bible that was focused on a new reading being heretical first, then accepted. That is true sometimes, but only marginally useful. There is also chapters on the bible in politics and culture. But no discussion about the actual content of the bible. I would say that is a pretty big oversight.