The Oxford Companion to the Bible by Bruce M. Metzger & Michael D. Coogan lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Oxford University Press, 1993, Paperback.
First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Maps ;
From the cover: For nearly two millennia, the Bible has been the cardinal text for Judaism and Christianity. Its stories and characters are part of both the repertoire of Western literature and the vocabulary of educated women and men. It is, however, more than a collection of ancient tales. Even before a canonical list of books considered sacred scripture or holy writ was established, the writings we now call the Bible were considered normative: they laid down the essential principles of how human beings should deal with God and with each other. The practice of quoting from, and alluding to, earlier texts as authoritative is found within the Bible itself and has continued unabated in subsequent Jewish and Christian writings. At the same time, the Bible has also been formative; subsequent generations of believers have seen themselves as descended from, and in continuity with, those to whom God had spoken and for whom he had acted definitively in the past, and the recital of those words and events has been instrumental in shaping the religious communities of succeeding generations. The Bible has thus had an immeasurable influence on Judaism and Christianity, on the cultures of which they have formed a part, and on all those traditions in some ways derived from them.
Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Upper wrapper slighty curled. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight.
[XXI] 874 pages. Index. Trade Paperback (9¼” x 6″).
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