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Critical Companion to the Bible
  • Authored by: Martin H. Manser, David Barratt, Pieter J. Lalleman, and Julius Steinberg
  • From the Series: Critical Companion to
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  • ISBN-10: 1438108745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4381-0874-2
  • Status: In Stock
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  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 05/01/2009
  • Dewey Number: 220
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 496

Summary

The Bible is one of the masterpieces of world literature. It is the most widely distributed of all books and contains some of the world’s greatest writing—from the songs of praise in Psalms to the great stories in the book of Genesis.

Critical Companion to the Bible examines the Bible as a work of literature, focusing on its language and verbal structures and on the imaginative quality of its thought. This invaluable resource is an essential addition to high school and college literature and religion classes.

Critical Companion to the Bible is a comprehensive guide to this endlessly fascinating book.

Coverage includes:

  • An essay entitled "Reading the Bible," providing an overview of the various approaches critics have taken to interpreting the Bible and of the historical development of the biblical canon
  • In-depth alphabetical entries—each containing a synopsis, a commentary section, and subentries on the main figures—on all the books of the Bible
  • Alphabetical entries on important people, places, concepts, and topics related to the Bible
  • Appendixes, including a list of the books of the Bible as categorized by different faiths; a chronology; and a list of important secondary resources, including scholarly Web sites.

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Reviews and Awards

"For the price, this reference provides an excellent introduction to not just the literary but also the theological studies of the Bible...suitable for public, academic, church, and synagogue libraries."


Booklist

"Depth, breadth, objectivity, and clarity distinguish this fine guide to a literary study of the Bible...Scholarly but unpretentious, this judicious guide to a literary interpretation of the Scriptures is a solid addition to the series."


School Library Journal

"...the clarity and succinctness of each entry is well suited for high school classes, lower-level college literature courses, or any reader beginning an exploration of the Bible as literature. Recommended."


Choice

"...a clearly written and concise overview..."


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