Introduction to the Bible, 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.




Table of contents

PART ONE:  Introduction

Chapter 1  The Three Worlds of the Bible: An Orientation  1

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  67

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)  109

Chapter 6  Covenant Advocates: The Prophets of Ancient Israel (The Latter Prophets)  137


PART FOUR:  The Writings

Chapter 7  Israel’s Sacred Songs: Psalms, Song of Songs, and Lamentations (The Writings I)  163

Chapter 8  The Way of Wisdom: Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes (The Writings II)  179

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.)  213


PART SIX:  The Gospels

Chapter 11   Jesus of Nazereth  239

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  289


PART EIGHT:  Letters

Chapter 14  Paul: Apostle to the Gentiles—The Letters of Paul  307

Chapter 15  The Growing Church: The Pastoral and General Epistles, Hebrews, and the Revelation to John  329


PART NINE:  Conclusion

Chapter 16  Journey On!  357


Published by Pearson (June 24th 2011) - Copyright © 2012