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Introduction to Biblical Studies [Paperback]

Frances Young , Steve Moyise
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19 Aug 2004 0567083977 978-0567083975 2nd
This book offers an ideal introduction to the complex field of modern biblical studies. In nine short chapters, readers are introduced to questions of inspiration, canon and authority. Chapters follow on historical approaches to the Bible, such as source, form and redaction criticism. Comparisons with other literature, such as ancient flood stories or Egyptian psalms help to set the context for this, as well as an analysis of the purpose of each of the four Gospels. The historical approaches conclude with a discussion of the text of the Bible, asking such questions as, How did we get the Bible? Why do modern versions of the Bible differ from one another? In the second section, Moyise considers a number of approaches that seek to explain why people interpret the Bible in such different ways. Beginning with literary criticism, the book considers how texts 'speak' to readers and influence their attitudes, emotions, and behaviour. This is followed by liberation and feminist approaches, which consider how gender, ethnicity, and social location affect what people regard as important and hence how they interpret the Bible. The book concludes with a variety of theological approaches used by those who consider the Bible to be sacred scripture.


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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: T&T Clark International; 2nd edition (19 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0567083977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0567083975
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 13.9 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am currently Professor of New Testament at the University of Chichester in England. I have always been interested in the way that the New Testament authors use Scripture and my PhD (Birmingham, 1994)was on the book of Revelation. As well as the nine books that I have written, I have also edited or co-edited nine books, including an important series with my friend and colleague, Maarten Menken from the Netherlands. These are:

The Psalms in the New Testament (2004)
Isaiah in the New Testament (2005)
Deuteronomy in the New Testament (2008)
The Minor Prophets in the New Testament (2009)
Genesis in the New Testament (2012)

My latest book is on the infancy narratives (Was the Birth of Jesus According to Scripture?) and I cannot quite decide at the moment whether to write the obvious sequel: Was the Death of Jesus According to Scripture? Let me know what you think.

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Reviewed in: Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 18.
"…this book is brief enough to be accessible for new students, it is written in an engaging style, and it is an accurate and contemporary guide t important approaches to biblical studies." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Steve Moyise is Professor of New Testament at the University of Chichester and author of "The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation" (Sheffield, 1995) and "The Old" "Testament in the New "(Continuum, 2001). He is the series editor of The T&T Clark Approaches to Biblical Studies.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Short, Sharp, Easy to Read 18 Sep 2000
By Pamela B. Garrud VINE VOICE
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Moyise is described on the back cover of the book as being "Vice Principal of the St. Albans and Oxford Ministry Course." The book is one in the "Cassell Biblical Studies Series" which is intended as an ecumenical biblical studies series between Protestants and (Roman, I presume) Catholics.
The book covers all the ways of "doing" biblical criticism in a concise way whilst illustrating with interesting anecdotes where needed. Topics covered include: inspiration, historical criticism, form criticism, redaction criticism, social-scientific criticism, reader-response criticism, and post-modern criticism. This book will help new biblical studies students identify these types of biblical criticism. It does not cover any individual subject in depth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well worth the money 11 Jun 2013
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if your like me and not sure what you have let yourself in for then buy this book you will use it over and over again
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This is written so even I could understand it. Needed it for my course but might just have read it anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant introduction 20 Feb 2005
By Freeborn John - Published on Amazon.com
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Steve Moyise's Introduction to Biblical Studies is a small book but is a very well written and informative introduction to the field. There are chapters and sections on most areas of concern and confusion such as Redaction, form and literary criticism etc.

I have undertaken a degree in theology and as a `evangelical exile' stayed clear of all the biblical modules I could simply because it scared me (give me philosophy of religion any day). However, had I known this book then such modules would have been a lot easier. Whilst it is only a slim volume the amount of information in its pages is surprising. There is also a very helpful subject-specific bibliography and the end of each chapter. Overall I doubt this book will hold any real interest to advanced students or scholars however as an introduction to biblical criticism this should be on top of all the recommended reading lists.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short, Sharp, Easy to Read 18 Sep 2000
By Pamela B. Garrud - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Moyise is described on the back cover of the book as being "Vice Principal of the St. Albans and Oxford Ministry Course." The book is one in the "Cassell Biblical Studies Series" which is intended as an ecumenical biblical studies series between Protestants and (Roman, I presume) Catholics.
The book covers all the ways of "doing" biblical criticism in a concise way whilst illustrating with interesting anecdotes where needed. Topics covered include: inspiration, historical criticism, form criticism, redaction criticism, social-scientific criticism, reader-response criticism, and post-modern criticism. This book will help new biblical studies students identify these types of biblical criticism. It does not cover any individual subject in depth.
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