By J.W. Rogerson
An informal reader enters a book shop searching for a Bible. although, now not the entire Bibles on demonstrate have a similar contents! a few have extra books than others, a few are examine variations, a few use gender-free language. How did this take place? This advent works again during the methods in which the Bible was once written, transmitted, copied and declared to be authoritative by way of a variety of church buildings. the subsequent 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 hot testomony; The Canon of the Bible; The examine 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 booklet was once first released in 1999 by means of Penguin. J. W. Rogerson is Emeritus Professor of religious study on the college of Sheffield and a Canon Emeritus of Sheffield Cathedral. His many courses conceal the historic, geographical and social history to the previous testomony, the historical past of biblical interpretation, and using the Bible in ethical, social, political and environmental concerns. Contents: Preface to the Revised version; Preface to the unique version; what's the Bible?; How Biblical Writers Wrote; The Making of the outdated testomony; The Making of the Apocrypha; The Making of the recent testomony; The Canon of the Bible; The research of the Bible; using the Bible; word list; Abbreviations; Bibliography; Endnotes.
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One of the causes of the decline of the Study Bibles was the policy of the British and Foreign Bible Society, founded in 1804, to print Bibles without comment. There is no doubt that the Bible Society did much to make the Bible available at affordable prices. Its policy of no comments was a way of reconciling its Anglican and non-conformist members, each fearful that the other might gain a doctrinal advantage through comments. The policy, however, slowly and subtly changed the habits of readers of the Bible.
The NIV ﬁrmly rejects such an approach. After outlining the source theory and claiming that the ‘Pentateuch is thus depicted as a patchwork of stories, poems and laws’ it claims: this view is not supported by conclusive evidence, and intensive archaeological and literary research has tended to undermine many of the arguments used to challenge Mosaic authorship. The two Study Bibles under consideration thus have quite different aims. The NJB accepts the main ﬁndings of critical biblical scholarship and seeks to help readers to understand the text within that context.
Readers are most familiar with works that have been written by one author. The idea, proposed by modern biblical scholarship, that the Bible was composed by various processes of amalgamation of originally separate sources, or by the supplementation of original sources, and that all this was done by several if not many hands, perhaps over a long period, is alien to the experience of modern readers, and needs to be explained and justiﬁed. 22 An Introduction to the Bible A good starting point is the example given above from Jeremiah 27.