How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now
ISBN: 0743235878
EAN13: 9780743235877
Language: English
Publication Date: Oct 21, 2008
Pages: 848
Dimensions: 1.5" H x 8.8" L x 6" W
Weight: 2.15 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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In How to Read the Bible, Harvard professor James Kugel leads the listener through the quiet revolution of recent biblical scholarship, showing how radically the interpretations of today's researchers differ from what people have always thought. The story of Adam and Eve, it turns out, was not originally about the Fall of Man, but about the move from a primitive, hunter-gatherer society to a settled, agricultural one. As for the stories of Cain and Abel, Abraham and Sarah, and Jacob and Esau, they were not about individual people at all but, rather, explanations of Israelite society as it existed centuries after these figures were said to have lived. In the earliest version of the Exodus story, Moses probably did not divide the Red Sea in half; instead, the Egyptians perished in a storm at sea. Whatever the original Ten Commandments might have been, scholars are quite sure they were different from the ones we have today. What's more, the people long supposed to have written various books of the Bible were not their real authors: David did not write the Psalms, Solomon did not write Proverbs.

Such findings pose a problem for adherents of traditional, Bible-based faiths. Hiding from the discoveries of modern scholars seems dishonest, but accepting them means undermining much of the Read More chevron_right

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