Marc Zvi Brettler
- Title: How to Read the Jewish Bible
- Author: Marc Zvi Brettler
- ISBN: 9780195325225
- Page: 256
- Format: Paperback
In his new book, master Bible scholar and teacher Marc Brettler argues that today s contemporary readers can only understand the ancient Hebrew Scripture by knowing about the culture that produced it And so Brettler unpacks the literary conventions, ideological assumptions, and historical conditions that inform the biblical text and demonstrates how modern critical sIn his new book, master Bible scholar and teacher Marc Brettler argues that today s contemporary readers can only understand the ancient Hebrew Scripture by knowing about the culture that produced it And so Brettler unpacks the literary conventions, ideological assumptions, and historical conditions that inform the biblical text and demonstrates how modern critical scholarship and archaeological discoveries shed light on this fascinating and complex literature Brettler surveys representative biblical texts from different genres to illustrate how modern can read these texts He guides us in reading the Bible as it was read in the biblical period, independent of later religious norms and interpretive traditions Understanding the Bible this way lets us appreciate it as an interesting text that speaks in multiple voices on profound issues Although the emphasis of How to Read the Jewish Bible is on showing contemporary Jews, as well as Christians, how they can relate to the Bible in a meaningful way, readers at any level of religious faith can benefit greatly from this comprehensive but remarkably clear guide to interpreting the Jewish Bible.
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A simple introduction to the historical-critical view of the Hebrew Bible. Kugel is so much better at this general endeavor, that Brettler pales some in comparison, but it's still a competent, readable introduction at the 50,000 foot level. One does remember in reading this book how much of historical-critical Bible scholarship is best understood as a literary (rather than a "scientific") enterprise even as the field relies on the imprimatur of science for much of its authority. One important ta [...]
This is a good introduction to the Bible from an academic-historial perspective. Easy to read and understand, even for those with no Hebrew. It is laid out like a textbook for an undergraduate or adult-education course.Those who understand even some Hebrew, and those who are already familiar with the structure and academic study of the Jewish Bible, will likely find the book too basic. The similarly titled book by James Kugel covers the same topic in a somewhat more nuanced way.
The author states in the introduction that he wishes to write an introduction to the historical-critical method of studying the Bible. He achieves this admirably with clear explanation. Not only is a broad sweep of the Hebrew Bible covered, but the chosen examples to be explored in more depth are interesting. I also own The Oxford Bible Commentary, and much of the same material can be found there in more depth.As a Christian, while I found much of the historical facts and explanations for the da [...]
Without getting too deep into texts, this book give a great survey of what Christians call the Old Testament and what Jews revere as their holy book. Brettler explains the development of Jewish Bible, the various critical forms, and the history of the numerous writers. This book provides a great starting point for deeper theological study and reflection of a text that millions claim to follow, but few truly understand.
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