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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No trivia or quizzes yet. In order to appreciate the Hebrew Bible both as its authors intended and as would an ancient Israelite, one must be able to decipher its culturally-bound ideas and institutions. Instructors who are hesitant to assign this book for introductory Hebrew Bible courses on account of 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 raed discussion of general critical issues for each biblical book.

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How to Read the Bible by Marc Zvi Brettler

Jacob Schonberg rated it it was amazing Mar 11, This book is the first “Jewishly sensitive” introduction to the historical-critical method. More than one hundred years ago, the great American scholar G.

Yet, such a reader must already possess a sympathetic attitude toward critical biblical studies. In delineating these three objectives, Brettler has outlined an ambitious task, which, as he notes, has no predecessors.


Maer rated it really liked it May 01, F Moore called attention to the second-century Christian scholar Tatian, who composed the Diatessaron. Jewish Publication SocietyJan 1, – Religion – pages.

We should see it rather as a great collection of stories by a people trying to explain their world, and create order and a just society out of the chaos of the ancient A very interested book. Second, this book is written for a lay audience, either for a general reader or college student. Three primary objectives for this volume are outlined by the author.

All of these elements, Brettler argues, were deliberately constructed in order to present a specific understanding of God, humanity, and the world.

To ask other readers questions about How to Read the Bibleplease sign up. It is well known that some books of the Bible quote from other books of the Bible, for instance, Ohw quotes from Jeremiah; they also quote from other books that haven’t come down to us: Jewish Publication Society Amazon.

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How to Read the Bible

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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 purpose, 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.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Brettler consciously does not attempt to write a comprehensive survey of all the issues involved in the critical study of the various books of the Hebrew Bible.

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. Alex Jassen University of Minnesota. 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. Doron Veeder rated it really liked it Dec 21, Brettler certainly knows his target audience well.

I’m always looking for a better book and once used a book by one of Brettler’s students The Bible’s Many Voicesbut I end up back with this book. The Jewish Publication Society, Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Brettler surveys representative biblical texts from different genres to illustrate how modern scholars have taught us to “read” these texts. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

He is the author of several books and co-editor of The Jewish Study Bible.