Master Bible scholar and teacher Marc Brettler argues that today’s he guides us in reading the Bible as it was read in the biblical period. Master Bible scholar and teacher Marc Brettler argues that today’s contemporary readers can only understand the ancient Hebrew Scripture by knowing more. How to Read the Bible has 62 ratings and 5 reviews. Benjamin said: This is actually my third time through the book. I use it as a textbook for my Bible c.
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The “Grammar” of Sacrifice Naphtali S. Zechariah Apocalyptic Literature and Daniel. Gary Goldwater rated it it was ok Aug 29, Three primary objectives for this volume are outlined by the author. Brettler does a great job of showcasing that the Bible was not created in a vacuum of “us” and “them”, ths rather was heavily influenced by writings from the other surrounding cultures.
In an afterword, the author discusses how the historical-critical method can help contemporary Jews relate to the Bible as a religious text in a more meaningful way. We should see it rather as a great collection of stories by a people trying to explain their world, and create order and a just society out of the chaos of the ancient world. This book is highly recommended for both of these potential readers, though I am afraid it might not find much of an audience in the second group.
Esther- The Creation of the Bible-Afterword: Fhe addition, Brettler displays a heightened sensitivity to the fact that most readers will likely possess certain traditional assumptions about the Hebrew Bible.
And so Brettler unpacks the literary conventions, ideological assumptions, hw historical conditions that bfettler the biblical text and demonstrates how modern critical scholarship and archaeological discoveries shed light on this fascinating and complex literature.
A very interested book.
I’m on board with the Historical piece try to read it like a member of the intended audience but far less interested in the source criticism, simply because I’m interested in the Brettleg text we have in our hands.
Goodreads shows similar titles by Brettler, which I plan to look at.
The Jewish Publication Society, Unlike other introductory texts, the Bible that this book speaks about is the Jewish one—with the three-part Brettlrr arrangement, the sequence of books found in modern printed Hebrew editions, and the chapter and verse enumerations used in most modern Jewish versions of the Bible.
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How to Read the Bible
The Source of Genesis-Creation vs. Using the “historical-critical method” long popular in academia, he guides us in reading the Bible as it was read in the biblical period, independent of later religious norms and interpretive traditions. Maer rated it really liked it May 01, Instructors who are hesitant to assign this book for introductory Hebrew Bible courses on account of the presumed limitation in scope are advised that Brettler has for the most part struck a good balance in dedicating a reasonable amount of space to the discussion of general critical issues for each biblical book.
Master Bible scholar and teacher Marc Brettler argues that today’s contemporary readers can only understand the ancient Hebrew Scripture by knowing more about the culture that produced it.
Understanding the Bible this way lets us appreciate it as an interesting text that speaks in multiple voices on profound issues. So it took me a year to read this because I followed along with my Sunday School course. Yet, such a reader must already possess a sympathetic attitude toward critical biblical studies. Open Preview See a Problem? Since there is no direct evidence going back to the redaction of the Torah, these issues may be explored only in a most tentative fashion, with plausible rather than definitive answers.
Understanding the Bible this way lets us appreciate it as an interesting text that speaks in multiple voices on profound issues. John and Philosophy Troels Engberg-Pedersen. Brettler consciously does not attempt to write a comprehensive survey of all the issues involved in the critical study of the various books of the Hebrew Bible.
Review of Marc Zvi Brettler. How to Read the Bible
Refresh and try again. No trivia or quizzes yet. Jeffrey Stackert Limited preview – Although the emphasis of How to Read the Jewish Bible reax on showing contemporary Jews, as well as Christians, how they can relate to the Bible in a more meaningful way, readers at any level of religious faith can benefit greatly from this comprehensive but remarkably clear guide to interpreting the Jewish Bible.
About Marc Zvi Brettler. Professor Brettler provides an excellent introduction to the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible using the historical-critical method, that essays to put what is recorded in the context of its time, audience, and purpose, while teasing apart the various strands brettlre authors from different times rea with different points of view that later editors had merged into the text that has come down to us in the past millennium.
Miki rated it it was ok Mar 10, Bob T rated it it was ok May 08, Thus, for example, one does not find a full discussion of source critical analysis of each biblical book as one normally encounters in an introductory textbook. The Exile and Beyond. Want to Brettled Currently Reading Read. The Hiddenness of God Michael C.