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The Bible for the Curious

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This book is for anyone curious about the Bible: what it is, and what modern research reveals about it. Unlike most textbooks, it has no footnotes, avoids technical discussion as much as possible, and makes no assumptions about religious belief. Its aim is to introduce the contents a way that engages readers critically, and to persuade them that in a modern secular society this collection of ancient writings can still contribute to the way we think about history, philosophy and politics. It is a challenge to both those who regard it as ‘word of God’ and those who dismiss it as obsolete or myth or irrelevant.

Published: Nov 1, 2018


Section Chapter Authors
Part One: Bible Basics
1. Approaching the Bible Philip Davies
2. Who Wrote the Old Testament? Philip Davies
Part Two: Stories of Israel
3. The Old Testament and History Philip Davies
4. Biblical Israels Philip Davies
5. A History of Ancient Israels Philip Davies
Part Three: Stories of Jesus Christ
6. Ancient Judaisms Philip Davies
7. The Gospels Story Philip Davies
8. The Story in Acts Philip Davies
9. The New Testament Letters Philip Davies
10. Revelation Philip Davies
Part Four: Ethics
11. Divination: Prophecy & Apocalyptic Philip Davies
11. 'Wisdom' and Prayer Philip Davies
Postscript
13. Philip Davies
End Matter
Bibliography Philip Davies
Index Philip Davies

Reviews

Over-inquisitive children are often warned that ‘curiosity killed the cat’. But children of all ages, when curious about the Bible, may safely be encouraged to explore its varied contents and growth in this readable book by a noted scholar. Itself something of a ‘curiosity box’, it both informs and challenges.
Professor Graeme Auld, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh

This is the book I would have written had I the intelligence and skill-of-pen that Professor Davies possesses. I will require it for all of my undergraduate courses in both Old and New Testament. It is much needed, and even more appreciated.
Professor Jim West, Pastor, Petros Baptist Church, and Lecturer, Ming Hua Theological College / Charles Sturt University

Philip Davies has bequeathed to us one last book, now published after his untimely death. The Bible for the Curious bears all the markings that have made him one of the foremost biblical scholars of the past half century – mastery of the historical and literary materials, cogent and forthright engagement with knotty problems, clarity of thought, and eminently readable prose. In this book Davies widens his field of vision to include not only the Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls but the New Testament as well. This fresh discussion is highly recommended for specialists and other interested readers.
Douglas A. Knight, Drucilla Moore Buffington Professor of Hebrew Bible, Emeritus, and Professor of Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University