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Understanding the Bible as an account of the unfolding revelation of God to humankind through history, Roland Mushat Frye suggests that the many sub-plots, monologues, and reflections of the Bible compose a coherent story that continues through both the Old and New Testaments. "The convictions of the Bible, to be sure, are the convictions of religion and ethics," he writes, "but the methods are the methods of literature." Carefully arranging a selection of excerpts that comprise approximately one-fourth of the entire Bible, he enables the reader to follow chronologically the main narrative as well as the most significant asides. With introductory and explanatory material providing transition and background information, the reader progresses from book to book as from chapter to chapter in a novel. Thus, this is called The Reader's Bible because it may be read as a narrative, as a story that unifies consecutive events through which the character of God gradually unfolds.


God first appears in the opening of Genesis with the creation of the universe; against this backdrop the human drama is played. We see Everyman and Everywoman endowed with a life in harmony as long as they accept the primacy of God. When they repudiate this primacy, chaos replaces harmony and they find themselves in a wilderness rather than in a garden. God then turns from the attempt to create a righteous and peaceful order for all of humanity to a concentration on one segment of humanity-the race of Abraham--for the development of a conception of human personality and community that may serve as a pattern for all human beings.


Professor Frye writes that however miraculous the entrances of God upon the stage may appear to be, they do constitute entrances into ordinary human affairs. These encounters Invite us to look both within and beyond them to what they reveal about God and about ourselves. Concerned with the matter of living here and hereafter, the different biblical histories and stories are brought together to provide cumulative insight into human nature and destiny.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Preface to the Princeton Paperback Edition
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: The Bible as Literature
  2. pp. ix-xxxix
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  1. Suggestions for Further Reading
  2. pp. xl-xliv
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  1. Chronological Outline of Major Periods and Events
  2. pp. xlv-xlvi
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  1. Selections From The Old Testament
  1. From Eden to Egypt: Genesis
  2. pp. 3-62
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  1. The Epic of Moses: Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
  2. p. 63
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  1. Exodus
  2. pp. 64-97
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  1. Leviticus
  2. pp. 98-101
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  1. Numbers
  2. pp. 102-112
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  1. Deuteronomy
  2. pp. 113-119
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  1. Conquest and Chaos: Joshua, Judges, Ruth
  2. p. 120
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  1. Joshua
  2. pp. 121-130
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  1. Judges
  2. pp. 131-147
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  1. Ruth
  2. pp. 148-152
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  1. The Epic of David: First and Second Samuel, First Kings
  2. p. 153
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  1. First Samuel
  2. pp. 154-197
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  1. Second Samuel
  2. pp. 198-233
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  1. First Kings
  2. pp. 234-237
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  1. The Age of Kings: First and Second Kings
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  1. First Kings
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  1. Second Kings
  2. pp. 264-267
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  1. The Age of Prophets: Second Kings and the Prophets
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  1. Second Kings, passim
  2. p. 269
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  1. Amos
  2. pp. 269-272
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  1. Hosea
  2. pp. 273-277
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  1. Isaiah
  2. p. 278
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  1. Zephaniah
  2. pp. 279-282
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  1. Micah
  2. pp. 283-303
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  1. Jeremiah
  2. pp. 304-330
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  1. Exile and Return: The Prophets and Nehemiah
  2. p. 331
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  1. Ezekiel
  2. pp. 332-334
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  1. Daniel
  2. pp. 335-349
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  1. Zechariah
  2. p. 350
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  1. Nehemiah
  2. pp. 351-361
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  1. Jonah
  2. pp. 362-364
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  1. Malachi
  2. pp. 365-368
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  1. Various Writings
  2. pp. 368-369
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  1. Lyrics of Religious Devotion: The Psalms
  2. pp. 369-399
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  1. Lyrics of Human Love: The Song of Songs
  2. pp. 400-405
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  1. A Genial Skeptic: Ecclesiastes
  2. pp. 406-410
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  1. The Problem of Suffering: Job
  2. pp. 411-426
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  1. Practical Wisdom: Proverbs
  2. pp. 427-439
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  1. The Greatest Prophet: Isaiah 40-55
  2. pp. 440-452
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  1. Selections From The New Testament
  1. Narratives: Luke, John, Acts
  2. pp. 455-456
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  1. Luke
  2. pp. 457-503
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  1. John
  2. pp. 504-536
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  1. Acts
  2. pp. 537-577
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  1. Epistles: Romans, First Corinthians, Philippians, Galatians, James, Hebrews
  2. p. 578
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  1. Romans
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  1. First Corinthians
  2. pp. 580-582
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  1. Philippians
  2. pp. 582-583
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  1. Galatians
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  1. James
  2. p. 584
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  1. Hebrews
  2. pp. 585-587
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  1. The End : Revelation
  2. p. 588
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780691229836
Related ISBN
9780691019956
MARC Record
OCLC
1273307314
Pages
640
Launched on MUSE
2021-10-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
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