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This review is from: The Bible: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
I would really recommend this book to anyone wanting a to-the-point introduction to the Bible. I am new to the faith and wanted to know more about the context of the Bible: which books were written when? With what parameters can one read the Bible (e.g. can one apply techniques as one would to a fictional book in terms of textual analysis)? Who decided which books would be included and why were some excluded? Some 'Very Short Introductions' are very hard going: too many ideas and in highly academic language which assumes a lot of foreknowledge. This book explains its terms, is written in an educated but accessible style and doesn't overwhelm its reader. I borrowed this book from my local library, but after reading it decided to buy my own copy because it is a book I know I will return to many times.