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There are many ways to evaluate books One way is to evaluate it based on the claims or intent of the author If an author claims to have written the best book ever, we should evaluate their claims and respond accordingly If an author intends to teach how to brand cattle, yet doesn t effectively broach that topic, we ought to deem the book a failure, even if it is entertaining in its own regard.The authors of this book proclaim their intention that this book be used as a textbook, so it is upon There are many ways to evaluate books One way is to evaluate it based on the claims or intent of the author If an author claims to have written the best book ever, we should evaluate their claims and respond accordingly If an author intends to teach how to brand cattle, yet doesn t effectively broach that topic, we ought to deem the book a failure, even if it is entertaining in its own regard.The authors of this book proclaim their intention that this book be used as a textbook, so it is upon that claim that I offer my rating and review.As a textbook, this book is nearly worthless The preponderance of their claims about who wrote the Bible are unsupported either in the text or in any footnotes In fact, almost the entirety of the book is without critical support, citations, or anything approaching scholarly treatment For instance, in their criticism of Biblical authorship, they make several claims that so and so could not possibly have written such and such this is especially true for the wisdom and prophetic books, but also occurs rampantly in the New Testament However, the authors almost never provide one shred of evidence to support their claims, nor do they offer even a logical explanation for their statements This leaves the reader with the feeling that the authors are simply making up their claims.This is akin to saying that Shakespeare didn t write Shakespeare, but offering no evidence or even offering a logical reason why you believe such a thing Just because a theory exists does not mean it is generally accepted, and if you are creating a textbook you ought to be providing evidence to support your theories To give you an idea of what I am talking about, the authors state in their chapter on the Gospels, that Someone else at a later time wrote John chapter 21 and added it to John s work What evidence is provided for this None No footnotes, no citations, and zero explanation behind their rationale for saying this If one feels compelled to attack the integrity of a work of literature, the burden of proof lies upon the attacker Sadly, the authors seldom rise to the occasion of defending their claims, all too often making no attempt to support their baseless claims As a textbook, this book fails miserably If you are truly interested in the Bible as literature, there are much better books out there I d give it a 3 1 2 if I could Very solid scholarly text with useful background material on the Bible as Literature, but it s missing some key interpretations and some of the prose is SUPER clunky It needed a creative writer s eye I wouldn t use this as an only guide, but it s useful nonetheless. Intellectual Rating This piece of nonfiction would most certainly fall under the definition of a textbook With that being said, it contains a wealth of information The Bible as Literature objectively explores the history of the Bible It describes the different cultures and time periods during which the Bible was written in order to explain why the Bible is in the form it assumes today This is not a book for readers who are offended at the concept that the Bible was written by people fo Intellectual Rating This piece of nonfiction would most certainly fall under the definition of a textbook With that being said, it contains a wealth of information The Bible as Literature objectively explores the history of the Bible It describes the different cultures and time periods during which the Bible was written in order to explain why the Bible is in the form it assumes today This is not a book for readers who are offended at the concept that the Bible was written by people for people The Bible as Literature assumes its readers know the Bible fairly well and so may not be the best source for a reader to turn to as an introduction to the the Bible.Emotional Rating While not the most engaging read, I found The Bible as Literature to be incredibly enlightening I greatly enjoyed its description of ancient history and also its exploration of different genres of literature within the Bible While reading this text I learned a lot about religions, and I found it refreshing to find a source that discussed this topic in an academic setting Only read a few of the chapters that were based on theinteresting books of the Bible, such as Job and Ecclesiastes What I read was of mixed quality, some of the essays muchinteresting than others On the whole, I wasn t compelled to renew this when it was due back to the library I should note that I m reading the Oxford Annotated Bible, which contains its own intelligent essays and extensive footnotes If you re reading an unadorned version of the text, than this book may beOnly read a few of the chapters that were based on theinteresting books of the Bible, such as Job and Ecclesiastes What I read was of mixed quality, some of the essays muchinteresting than others On the whole, I wasn t compelled to renew this when it was due back to the library I should note that I m reading the Oxford Annotated Bible, which contains its own intelligent essays and extensive footnotes If you re reading an unadorned version of the text, than this book may beinteresting and helpful to you ( DOWNLOAD EPUB ) ⚔ The Bible as Literature: An Introduction ♙ As in the widely popular earlier editions, the latest revision of this comprehensive and systematic text approaches the Bible from a literary historical perspective, studying it as a body of writing produced by real people who intended to convey messages to actual audiences Avoiding assessments of the Bible s truth or authority, the authors maintain a rigorously objective tone as they discuss such major issues as the forms and strategies of biblical writing, its actual historical and physical settings, the process of canon formation, and the nature of biblical genres including prophecy, apocalypse, and gospel The fifth edition features a new coauthor, David Citino a new chapter by contributor Nicola Denzey on the essential yet often overlooked role of women in the Bible and a new appendix on modern approaches to the Bible It also incorporates new maps, a timeline, updated bibliographies, and revised material throughout This objective, easy to use, and exciting presentation of the Bible is indispensable to students and accessible to general readers This book clearly lays out a shockingly large collection of facts which, despite my passion for the topic of religion, I was completely ignorant of prior to reading I must recommend this book to everyone that thinks they re prepared to live their life according to the Bible or any book like it. Reading it for a class on the Bible Both the class and this book have me approaching the Bible in different ways I didn t really think I would.