Master Bible scholar and teacher Marc Brettler argues that today’s he guides us in reading the Bible as it was read in the biblical period. Master Bible scholar and teacher Marc Brettler argues that today’s contemporary readers can only understand the ancient Hebrew Scripture by knowing more. How to Read the Bible has 62 ratings and 5 reviews. Benjamin said: This is actually my third time through the book. I use it as a textbook for my Bible c.

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Miki rated it it was ok Mar 10, We should see it rather as a great collection of stories by a people trying to explain their world, and create order and a just society out of the chaos of the ancient world.

To be sure, some ot are treated in greater detail, with more attention to details commonly found in introductory textbooks. Reading Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.

And so Brettler unpacks the literary conventions, ideological assumptions, and historical conditions that inform This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Selected pages Title Page.

Brettler surveys representative biblical texts from different genres to illustrate how modern can read these texts. Thus, for example, one does not find a full discussion of source critical analysis of each biblical book as one normally encounters in an introductory textbook.


Review of Marc Zvi Brettler. How to Read the Bible

As an introduction to the Hebrew Bible, this work is exceptional in its method and lucid in its presentation. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Endnotes are kept to a minimum and a bibliography of English works cited and subject index are included.

The remainder of the book contains a series of similar close readings of specific biblical texts. The Source of Genesis-Creation vs. Return to Book Page.

Genesis 13 as Myth. This book is the first “Jewishly sensitive” introduction to the historical-critical method.

Yet, such a reader must already possess a sympathetic attitude toward critical biblical studies. The Early History of Heaven J.

Reading the Bible as a Committed Jew. Jewish Publication SocietyJan 1, – Religion – pages. Let us look at one such example—the two creation stories in Genesiswhich are treated in Chapter bbrettler.

How to Read the Jewish Bible

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Brettler consciously does not attempt to write a comprehensive survey of all the issues involved in btettler critical study of the various books of the Hebrew Bible.

Guilt by Association Geoffrey S. Preston M Neal rated it it was amazing Jun 06, Lawonna rated it it was amazing Jul 10, In this sense, Brettler is attempting to alleviate much of the consternation demonstrated by traditional Judaism toward critical biblical studies. The bottom line regarding this book is that almost any reader will know much more brettleer the Hebrew Bible after reading it.


How to Read the Bible by Marc Zvi Brettler

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How to Read the Bible

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This book is highly recommended for both of these potential readers, though I am afraid it might not find much of an audience in the second group.