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.
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.