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Guide to the Bible
The Hebrew Scriptures (or Old Testament), Selected Apocryphal Books, The New Testament
Guide to the Bible
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Saul Levin - Author
Global Academic Publishing
Price: $38.95 
Paperback - 592 pages
Release Date: January 1998
ISBN10: 1-58684-276-5
ISBN13: 978-1-58684-276-5

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Guide to the Bible grew out of a course Saul Levin taught for many years on the Bible as literature. Designed as an accessible introduction to the Bible for nonspecialists, this work helps readers to understand ancient scripture as its authors intended. By elucidating the cultural context of the ancient world, Levin guides readers to an enriched appreciation of the Bible and its vision of the divine and of the world.

Saul Levin is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Binghamton University, SUNY, and an internationally renowned scholar of ancient languages. He received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. After teaching at the University of Chicago and Washington University, he joined the faculty at Binghamton University in 1961. With expertise in Classical Greek, biblical Hebrew, Latin, and many other languages, Professor Levin is the author of numerous pioneering books and articles in the areas of historical linguistics and biblical studies. In particular, he has explored the connections between ancient Hebrew and classical Greek cultures. Saul Levin and his wife of nearly 60 years, Ruth, have six grown children and six grandchildren.


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Table of Contents

1. The Bible as National and World Literature

2. The Hebrew Word for God

3. The First Chapters of Genesis

4. The Patriarchs in Genesis

5. Diverse Material Unified in Genesis and Exodus

6. The Origin of the Term Bible

7. Exodus: Moses the Liberator

8. Exodus: Moses the Lawgiver

9. Leviticus

10. The War Books: Numbers

11. Deuteronomy

12. Joshua

13. Judges

14. The Book of Samuel

15. Early Hebrew Poetry

16. Kings

17. Prophecy as a Literary Form: The Book of Isaiah

18. Jeremiah

19. Ezekiel

20. “The Twelve”

21. Canonization of Inherited Books

22.  The Pastoral Image

23. Biblical Short Stories: Ruth and Esther

24. Chronicles

25. The Psalms

26. Job

27. The Book of Proverbs

28. Ecclesiastes

29. The Song of Songs

30. Lamentations

31. The Book of Ezra (including Nehemiah)

32. Daniel

33. The Apocryphal Books, especially Susanna and Judith

34. Tobit

35. The First Book of Maccabees

36. The Gospel Narratives

37. The Parables of Jesus

38. The Anointed

39. The Gospel According to John

40. The Acts of the Apostles

41. The Major Pauline Epistles: Content and Form

42. The Shorter Pauline Epistles

43. The Epistle to the Hebrews

44. The “Catholic” Epistles

45. Eschatology in the Apocalypse and Other Books

46. The Canonical Authors of the New Testament

Appendix: The Common Ground of All Bible Readers

Key to the Hebrew Alphabet and Supplementary Marks

Key to the Greek Alphabet and Supplementary Marks

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