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By J.W. Rogerson

An off-the-cuff reader enters a bookstall trying to find a Bible. even though, now not the entire Bibles on show have a similar contents! a few have extra books than others, a few are learn variations, a few use gender-free language. How did this take place? This creation works again in the course of the approaches in which the Bible used to be written, transmitted, copied and declared to be authoritative by way of quite a few church buildings. the next themes are handled: what's the Bible?; How Biblical Writers Wrote; The Making of the previous testomony; The Making of the Apocrypha; The Making of the recent testomony; The Canon of the Bible; The research of the Bible; using the Bible in Social, ethical and Political Questions. This up-to-date variation takes account of advancements in scholarship because the e-book was once first released in 1999 by means of Penguin. J. W. Rogerson is Emeritus Professor of religious study on the collage of Sheffield and a Canon Emeritus of Sheffield Cathedral. His many guides disguise the historic, geographical and social historical past to the outdated testomony, the heritage of biblical interpretation, and using the Bible in ethical, social, political and environmental concerns. Contents: Preface to the Revised version; Preface to the unique variation; what's the Bible?; How Biblical Writers Wrote; The Making of the outdated testomony; The Making of the Apocrypha; The Making of the hot testomony; The Canon of the Bible; The research of the Bible; using the Bible; thesaurus; Abbreviations; Bibliography; Endnotes.

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3. The Making of the Old Testament 35 The Tetrateuch Strictly speaking, the Tetrateuch includes Leviticus as well as Genesis, Exodus and Numbers, but because Leviticus is entirely a collection of laws, it will not be considered here. Also the first 11 chapters of Genesis (the socalled primeval history) and the legal sections of Exodus and Numbers will be discussed later. 31-32). Abraham and his descendants (Isaac and Jacob) settle in Canaan until famine forces Jacob and his family to move to Egypt, where one of his sons, Joseph, has risen to power after being sold by his brothers to traders travelling to Egypt.

2-4) that 2. How Biblical Writers Wrote 23 looks forward to the day when Jerusalem and its temple become the centre of pilgrimage for all nations. It looks as though the later editors of Micah have been influenced by the fact that Micah was wrong about Jerusalem not being rebuilt, even if he was right about it being destroyed. What has emerged from these examples is that the biblical tradition grew by various forms of addition and supplementation. 2 The process of addition is responsible in some cases for the existence of books in the Apocrypha.

Noah and his sons and his sons’ wives with him went into the ark, to escape the waters of the flood. Of clean animals, and animals that are not clean, and of birds and everything that creeps on the ground, two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah as God had commanded Noah. And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened.

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