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Authors and Authorship

Authors and Authorship  

Michael Coogan

in The Bible: What Everyone Needs to Know ®

Published in Print: 
28 January 2021
Published Online: 
03 December 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780199383047.003.0004
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Who wrote the Bible? The simple fact is that we don’t know who wrote much of the Bible. Although the names of apparent authors are found in many biblical books and parts of books, ... More
Bible and Bibles

Bible and Bibles  

Michael Coogan

in The Bible: What Everyone Needs to Know ®

Published in Print: 
28 January 2021
Published Online: 
03 December 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780199383047.003.0001
Format: 
chapter
What is the Bible? The Bible is the sacred scripture of Judaism and Christianity. In its pages we encounter some of the most memorable characters in world literature: Adam and Eve, ... More
Biblical Concepts

Biblical Concepts  

Michael Coogan

in The Bible: What Everyone Needs to Know ®

Published in Print: 
28 January 2021
Published Online: 
03 December 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780199383047.003.0008
Format: 
chapter
What do I mean by “biblical concepts”? By biblical concepts I mean major ideas and themes that are often grouped under the rubric “biblical theology.” It is a mistake, I think, to ... More
Biblical Values

Biblical Values  

Michael Coogan

in The Bible: What Everyone Needs to Know ®

Published in Print: 
28 January 2021
Published Online: 
03 December 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780199383047.003.0009
Format: 
chapter
What are the Bible’s highest values? When the early first-century CE rabbi Hillel was asked by a prospective convert to explain the whole Torah while the prospective convert was ... More
The Contents of the Bible

The Contents of the Bible  

Michael Coogan

in The Bible: What Everyone Needs to Know ®

Published in Print: 
28 January 2021
Published Online: 
03 December 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780199383047.003.0003
Format: 
chapter
What are the books of the Bible? The Bible is divided into books. For easy reference, scholars in the Middle Ages divided the books into chapters (except for the very short books), ... More
The Contexts of the Bible

The Contexts of the Bible  

Michael Coogan

in The Bible: What Everyone Needs to Know ®

Published in Print: 
28 January 2021
Published Online: 
03 December 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780199383047.003.0005
Format: 
chapter
Why is it important to study the contexts in which the biblical writers lived? Because the Bible was not written in a vacuum, but in a world—or rather, many worlds—that are ... More
Interpretive Strategies

Interpretive Strategies  

Michael Coogan

in The Bible: What Everyone Needs to Know ®

Published in Print: 
28 January 2021
Published Online: 
03 December 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780199383047.003.0006
Format: 
chapter
What are interpretive strategies? Interpretive strategies are methodologies of various types used in studying the Bible. Some of these, such as textual criticism and archaeology, ... More
Languages, Texts, and Translations

Languages, Texts, and Translations  

Michael Coogan

in The Bible: What Everyone Needs to Know ®

Published in Print: 
28 January 2021
Published Online: 
03 December 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780199383047.003.0002
Format: 
chapter
What languages was the Bible written in? The Bible was written in three languages. The first is Hebrew, which was the primary language of the ancient Israelites for most of the ... More
The Uses of the Bible

The Uses of the Bible  

Michael Coogan

in The Bible: What Everyone Needs to Know ®

Published in Print: 
28 January 2021
Published Online: 
03 December 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780199383047.003.0007
Format: 
chapter
What is reception history? Reception history is a scholarly term for what we could call the study of the afterlives of the Bible: how, since it was being formed, the Bible has been ... More

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