Introduction to the Bible, An, 8th edition

  • Christian E. Hauer

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A Literary, Historical, and Contemporary Perspective of the Bible


Introduction to the Bible approaches the Bible by considering it from three different viewpoints: literary, historical, and contemporary. This unique approach underscores the dynamics of each view and the methods scholars have developed to study them. 


Additionally, the authors are especially careful to distinguish the historical and literary 'viewpoints' for students new to the discipline; encouraging them to consider and discuss the contemporary significance of the Bible.



Teaching and Learning Experience



Improve Critical Thinking - Introduction to the Bible provides an analysis of the role of the Bible in contemporary American culture; stimulates students' awareness of Biblical thought through suggested readings related to contemporary ethical issues; shows the relevance of religious thought; and helps students examine their assumptions, discern hidden values, evaluate evidence, assess their conclusions, and more!


Engage Students - Introduction to the Bible encourages thoughtful discussion and reflection of contents — including biblical controversies — through chapter summaries, case studies, maps and charts.


Support Instructors - Teaching your course just got easier!  You can create a Customized Text or use our Instructor’s Manual, or PowerPoint Presentation Slides.  Plus, Introduction to the Bible provides an annotated list of movies and documentary films related to the Bible, and information on how to obtain them for classroom use.


Published by Pearson (July 30th 2021) - Copyright © 2012

ISBN-13: 9780137559206

Subject: Religion

Category: Bible Studies


Brief Contents

PART ONE: Introduction

  • Chapter 1 The Three Worlds of the Bible: An Orientation
  • Chapter 2 Preparing for the Journey: An Orientation to the Methods of Biblical Study

PART TWO: The Torah

  • Chapter 3 Origins: The Book of Genesis
  • Chapter 4 Covenant: Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and

PART THREE: Prophets

  • Chapter 5 The Nation Israel: Joshua, Judges, First and Second Samuel, First and Second Kings (The Former Prophets)
  • Chapter 6 Covenant Advocates: The Prophets of Ancient Israel (The Latter Prophets)

PART FOUR: The Writings

  • Chapter 7 Israel’s Sacred Songs: Psalms, Song of Songs, and Lamentations (The Writings I)
  • Chapter 8 The Way of Wisdom: Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes (The Writings II)
  • Chapter 9 The Rest of the Writings: Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Ruth, Esther, and Daniel

PART FIVE: After the Tanak

  • Chapter 10 Jewish Life and Literature (200 B.C.E - 100 C.E.)

PART SIX: The Gospels

  • Chapter 11 Jesus of Nazereth
  • Chapter 12 The Four Gospels: Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John 261

PART SEVEN: The Acts of the Apostles

  • Chapter 13 The Birth of Christianity: The Acts of the Apostles


  • Chapter 14 Paul: Apostle to the Gentiles—The Letters of Paul
  • Chapter 15 The Growing Church: The Pastoral and General Epistles, Hebrews, and the Revelation to John

PART NINE: Conclusion

  • Chapter 16 Journey On!

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