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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA (14 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195308166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195308167
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 2 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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The Bible: A Historical and literary Introduction is a thoroughly effective textbook, which adds another volume to Bart D. Ehrmans long record of engaging and popular works on Biblical Studies. (Jem Bloomfield, quiteirregular,)

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Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has written or edited more than twenty-five books, including Forgery and Counterforgery (2013), The New Testament, Fifth Edition (2012), and The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, Second Edition (2011), all published by Oxford University Press.

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Bart Ehrman is a very gifted writer - not many people could make an introduction to the Bible a page-turner. He's also a very gifted scholar - providing a masterly over-view of up to date historical research and literary analysis. The book itself is attractively presented and very well structured, with maps, illustrations, side-bars etc - a pleasure to pick up and read. It contains just the right amount of information and detail to make it a superb introduction, and an appetite whetter for more - high praise from this non-religious reviewer ! Thoroughly recommended !
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The Bible According to Bart 2 Nov. 2013
By Scott William Bignell - Published on Amazon.com
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This is designed as a textbook for a 1 semester freshman-level course on the Bible. For that reason, it's by no means exhaustive or overly opinionated. Instead, it just does a great job of summarising the books of the Bible (their content, history and interpretations), as well as introducing some of the modern scholarly thoughts, debates and controversies regarding them. As a textbook, it also asks the reader many thought provoking questions throughout that help point to further areas of study. The book is written through the lens of the critical-historian, not through the lens of any particular Bible-based faith. Ehrman has always ad a knack at communicating, what can be in lesser hands, rather dull material in an engaging and to-the-point way. Highly recommended for anyone who is new to Biblical studies.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
accessible, clearly written, well organized, well documented 24 Nov. 2013
By Tony Alan - Published on Amazon.com
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While I am not a Biblical scholar or academician, I find Dr. Ehrman's text t be extremely accessible, clearly written, well organized, and well-documented. I have long been a fan of Dr. Ehman's books and have read each one. I recently was looking for a good historical introduction to the Bible that dealt with authorship, manuscripts, the historical context, and that wasn't too technical or promoting a religious or denominational perspective. Dr. Ehrman has provide dall that in this book. I would think this would be an excellent reference book for any student of the Bible - whether in a college class - or just as a person of taith.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
This is the next best thing to actually attending a college Bible 101 class. 21 Dec. 2013
By Robert Roth - Published on Amazon.com
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Ehrman has put together the perfect historical introduction to the Bible for the serious beginner who graves more than what is offered at the typical church study group. You don't need a college degree to understand Ehrman's presentation. It is clear, concise and unbiased, written by a renown Bible historian. You will come away from this eye opening read with a refreshing appreciation and new understanding of the Bible that you did not have before.

For the more advanced Bible buff, I recommend reading this in tandem with "Understanding The Bible" by Stephen Harris.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful study book 19 Jan. 2014
By mary hazen - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is very readable and well planned for learning about and understanding the Bible.
Most books about the Bible do not cover the truth of how it was written and by whom. I have
purchased other books by Professor Bart Ehrman and I always found them very interesting
and readable for a non scholar like myself.
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Bart is a genius ! 27 Jan. 2014
By ernesto - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a big fan of Dr. Ehrman and have read 5 or 6 books written by him. His knowledge of the New Testament and early Christian religion is without par. When the "Bible" was published I was surprised since his area of expertise was the works written in Greek, the New Testament. I have read many books and reviews of the Bible , and by far the "Bible " is the best. Dr Ehrman's knowledge of the Old Testament is incredible, the details , references , and historical background are spectacular ! The knowledge this man has about the Bible is vast and illuminating . One of the great scholars of our time!
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