By Marc Zvi Brettler
Grasp Bible pupil and instructor Marc Brettler argues that today’s modern readers can basically comprehend the traditional Hebrew Scripture by means of understanding extra in regards to the tradition that produced it. And so Brettler unpacks the literary conventions, ideological assumptions, and ancient stipulations that tell the biblical textual content and demonstrates how smooth severe scholarship and archaeological discoveries make clear this interesting and complicated literature.
Brettler surveys consultant biblical texts from assorted genres to demonstrate how sleek students have taught us to “read” those texts. utilizing the “historical-critical method” lengthy renowned in academia, he publications us in analyzing the Bible because it was once learn within the biblical interval, self reliant of later spiritual norms and interpretive traditions. realizing the Bible this fashion we could us have fun with it as a fascinating textual content that speaks in a number of voices on profound issues.
This publication is the 1st “Jewishly sensitive” advent to the historical-critical procedure. not like different introductory texts, the Bible that this e-book speaks approximately is the Jewish one—with the three-part TANAKH association, the series of books present in smooth revealed Hebrew variations, and the bankruptcy and verse enumerations utilized in most recent Jewish models of the Bible. In an afterword, the writer discusses how the historical-critical technique can assist modern Jews relate to the Bible as a spiritual textual content in a extra significant means.