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Published: 03 January 2022

176 Pages | 9 black & white illustrations

6.9 x 4.4 inches

ISBN: 9780198863335

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The Bible: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

John Riches

Very Short Introductions

  • A truly global history of the Bible from a leading expert in the field
  • Looks at readings of the Bible from the world of theology, philosophy, music, the visual arts, and poetry, as well as post-colonial and feminist readings
  • Examines the diversity of the Bible, from its numerous translations and complex textual history to the ways it has been interpreted by different communities
  • Shows how the Bible has played a formative role in the development of human culture
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

New to this Edition:

  • New chapter about the reception history of the Galatians, showing how it shaped different forms of Christianity, East and West, how it influenced the development of Europe at the Reformation, and how it continues to influence debates around gender
  • New chapter outlining how bibles were produced, translated, and distributed around the world in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries