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The Bible

A Historical and Literary Introduction

Bart D. Ehrman

Publication Date - September 2013

ISBN: 9780195308167

432 pages
8 x 10 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $69.95

The most engaging introduction to the Bible, offering cutting-edge historical and literary scholarship from renowned biblical scholar and New York Times Bestselling author Bart Ehrman


In The Bible: A Historical and Literary Introduction, renowned biblical scholar and New York Times Bestselling author Bart D. Ehrman presents his long-awaited survey of the Bible. Comprehensive yet succinct, current in scholarship, rich in pedagogical tools, and easily accessible to students of all backgrounds, this is an ideal textbook for one-semester courses on the Bible. Ehrman covers every book in the canon, including the Apocrypha, explaining the historical and literary problems posed by the biblical texts and showing students how to analyze scholarly evidence and conclusions.


* An exceptionally accessible and engaging writing style that vividly brings the Bible to life

* Full-color illustrations throughout, including numerous maps, time lines, charts, and photos

* "What to Expect" boxes previewing each chapter, "At a Glance" boxes summarizing chapters or large sections, and additional boxes presenting intriguing issues in more depth

* "Take a Stand" questions designed to help students synthesize the material in each chapter

* A unique appendix on the canon and text of the Bible

* An Instructor's Manual with Computerized Test Bank on CD that offers numerous teaching resources

* A Companion Website at www.oup.com/us/ehrman containing numerous resources for students and instructors

A FREE 6-month subscription to Oxford Biblical Studies Online (www.oxfordbiblicalstudies.com), a $180 value, is included with the purchase of every new copy of this text.


This text is available in a discounted package with The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version, College Edition, Fourth Edition. To assign this package, order package ISBN 978-0-19-935854-0.

About the Author(s)

Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has written or edited more than twenty-five books, including Forgery and Counterforgery (2013), The New Testament, Fifth Edition (2012), and The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, Second Edition (2011), all published by Oxford University Press.


"Gifted with an ability to describe complex concepts in accessible language, Ehrman has crafted a textbook that offers me the working text I need to introduce the Bible within its historical contexts and with an awareness of its literary elements, even to students who bring no previous knowledge to the class."--Wayne Kannaday, Newberry College

"Ehrman's discussions are concise and do not overwhelm students with too much detail, yet the text includes much information on political and historical contexts. An enormous amount of complex material is sufficiently covered in a short space and in a thorough manner without complicating the essential discussions with tangential issues."--Paul Mirecki, University of Kansas

Table of Contents

    Each chapter ends with a "Take a Stand" section and Suggestions for Further Reading.
    List of Boxes
    List of Maps
    Chapter 1: What is the Bible? And Why Is It So Hard to Understand?
    Why Study the Bible?
    What is the Bible?
    Putting the Bible on the Map
    Challenges for Studying the Bible
    Chapter 2: The Book of Genesis
    The Contents of Genesis and the Problems They Pose
    Authorship: Who Wrote the Pentateuch?
    Oral Traditions and Cultural Parallels
    Chapter 3: From Egypt to the Promised Land: Exodus to Deuteronomy
    The Book of Exodus
    The Law of Moses (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers)
    The Book of Numbers
    The Book of Deuteronomy
    Chapter 4: The Deuteronomistic History: Joshua to 2 Kings
    The Deuteronomisitic History
    The Book of Joshua
    The Book of Judges
    1 and 2 Samuel
    1 and 2 Kings
    Chapter 5: The Early Israelite Prophets
    The Rise of the Prophets
    Amost of Tekoa
    Isaiah of Jerusalem
    Chapter 6: The Historians and Prophets of Exile and Return
    Ezra and Nehemiah
    Exilic and Post-Exilic Prophets
    Second Isaiah
    Third Isaiah
    The Later History of Judea
    Chapter 7: The Poets and Story Tellers of Ancient Israel
    The Nature of Hebrew Poetry
    The Book of Psalms
    The Book of Lamentations
    The Song of Songs
    Storytellers in Ancient Israel
    Daniel 1-6
    1 and 2 Chronicles
    Chapter 8: Wisdom and Apocalyptic Literature
    Introduction to the Wisdom Literature
    Apocalyptic Literature
    Chapter 9: The World of Jesus and His Followers
    One Remarkable Life
    The Greco-Roman World
    Judaism in the Times of Jesus
    Other Jewish Literature of the Period: The Deuterocanonical or Apocryphal Books
    Putting the New Testament and Early Christianity on the Map
    Chapter 10: The Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark, and Luke
    The Storyline of the Synoptic Gospels
    The Synoptic Problem
    The Gospels as Biographies
    The Gospel of Mark
    The Gospel of Matthew
    The Gospel of Luke
    The Synoptic Gospels and the Problem of History
    Chapter 11: The Gospel of John, Later Gospels, and the Historical Jesus
    The Gospel of John
    The Other Gospels
    The Historical Jesus
    Jesus the Apocalyptic Prophet
    Chapter 12: The Life and Letters of Paul
    Problems in the Study of Paul
    A Brief Biography of Paul
    1 Thessalonians
    1 Corinthians
    2 Corinthians
    Chapter 13: The Acts of the Apostles and the Deutero-Pauline Epistles
    Paul During and After the New Testament
    The Acts of the Apostles
    The Deutero-Pauline Epistles
    2 Thessalonians
    The Pastoral Epistles
    Chapter 14: The General Epistles and the Book of Revelation
    The Letter to the Hebrews
    EXCURSUS: Jews and Christians in the Ancient World
    The Letter of James
    1 Peter
    EXCURSUS: The Persecution of the Early Christians
    2 Peter
    1, 2, and 3 John
    EXCURSUS: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity
    The Apocalypse of John
    Chapter 15: Appendix. The Canon and Text of the Bible
    The Canon of the Hebrew Bible
    The Canon of the New Testament
    The Text of the Hebrew Bible
    The Text of the New Testament