Master Bible scholar and teacher Marc Brettler argues that today’s he guides us in reading the Bible as it was read in the biblical period. Master Bible scholar and teacher Marc Brettler argues that today’s contemporary readers can only understand the ancient Hebrew Scripture by knowing more. How to Read the Bible has 62 ratings and 5 reviews. Benjamin said: This is actually my third time through the book. I use it as a textbook for my Bible c.

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Apr 11, Bruce rated it really rear it. More than one hundred years ago, the great American scholar G. Certainly the Torah does not contain all of the early traditions of Israel. Pamela rated it liked it Jan 10, The vast majority of these quotes are in Chronicles, which is a nationalistic rewrite of Kings, as we would now say, a falsification of history.

Josh rated it really liked it Aug 24, Paul Richardson rated it really liked it Dec 25, Jewish Publication SocietyJan 1, – Religion – pages. James rated it really liked it Nov 05, Goodreads shows similar titles by Brettler, which I plan to look at.

For example, Chapter 5 contains a general introduction to source criticism of Genesis and the Torah, yet the chapter on Daniel Chapter 21 contains very little treatment of its compositional layers. Dead the “historical-critical method” long popular in academia, he guides us in reading the Bible as it was read in the biblical period, independent of later religious norms and interpretive traditions. I liked one of the hypotheses given in this book.

To be sure, there are numerous elements in the presentation that are directed toward a Jewish audience.


Foremost, it is intended as an introduction to the historical-critical method of studying the Hebrew Bible.

Let us look at one such example—the two creation stories in Genesiswhich are treated in Chapter 6. Although the book claims at the outset not to cover the entire Hebrew Bible, the overwhelming majority of the biblical reaf are treated to some degree only Numbers, most of the Twelve Minor Prophets and Lamentations are missing. Instructors who are hesitant to assign this book for introductory Hebrew Bible courses on account bibpe the presumed limitation in scope are advised that Brettler has for the most part struck a good balance in dedicating a reasonable amount of space to the discussion of resd critical issues for each biblical book.

Reading Ruth vs Esther. Contents 1 Reading as a Jew and as a Scholar. May 25, Ryan rated it really liked it Shelves: The Cult in Ancient Israel. About Marc Zvi Brettler. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

How to Read the Bible

Jeffrey Stackert Limited preview – The Jewish Publication Society, Quotes from How to Read the B Refresh and try again. As such, this book is both a general introduction to the contents of the Hebrew Bible and a guide for the reader into the way that it would have been understood by its ancient writers and readers.

In an afterword, the author discusses how the historical-critical method can help contemporary Jews relate to the Bible as a religious text in a more meaningful way. Be the first to ask a question about How to Read the Bible. And so Brettler unpacks the literary conventions, ideological assumptions, and historical conditions that inform the biblical text and demonstrates nrettler modern critical scholarship and archaeological discoveries shed light on this fascinating and complex literature.


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Brettler believes that these quotes are fake, these books never existed, and these pseudo-quotes were invented to give Chronicles an aura of historicity. To ask other readers questions about How to Read the Bibleplease sign up. This book is highly recommended for both of these potential readers, though I am ho it might not find much of an audience in the second group. Account Options Sign in.

How to Read the Jewish Bible – Marc Zvi Brettler – Oxford University Press

Preston M Neal rated it it was amazing Jun 06, It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. This book works well for either the curious lay reader or rear an undergraduate textbook with much to offer the scholar as well. Jewish Publication Society Tje. The “Grammar” of Sacrifice Naphtali S.

Professor Brettler provides an excellent introduction to the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible using the historical-critical method, that essays to put what is recorded in the context of its time, audience, and tje, while teasing apart the various strands and authors from different times and with different points of view that later editors had merged into the text that has come down to us in the past millennium. Jacob Schonberg rated it it was amazing Mar 11, Maer rated it really liked it May 01, Yet, such a reader must already possess a sympathetic attitude toward critical biblical studies.