This is an ideal introduction to modern biblical studies. Readers are introduced to questions of inspiration, canon and authority. This is followed by chapters on historical approaches to the Bible, such as source, form and redaction criticism. Comparisons with other literature, such as ancient flood stories or Egyptian psalms help to set the context for this. Moyise also asks such questions as 'How did we get the Bible?' and, 'why do modern versions of the Bible differ among themselves?'
Moyise considers a number of approaches to the Bible. Beginning with literary criticism, he shows how texts 'speak' to readers and influence their attitudes, emotions and behaviour. This is followed by liberation, feminist and finally a variety of theological approaches used by those who consider the Bible to be sacred scripture.
For the third edition Moyise has added two sections, one giving a basic outline of the biblical story together with a timeline and key dates, and another on dating the New Testament.
Steve Moyise is Professor of New Testament at the University of Chichester and author of The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation (1995) and The Old Testament in the New (Continuum, 2001). He is the series editor of The T&T Clark Approaches to Biblical Studies.
Foreword by Frances Young Preface to the Third Edition Abbreviations God and the Bible Historical Approaches: The Search for Sources Historical Approaches: The Search for Context Historical Approaches: The Search for Intentions Historical Approaches: The Text of the Bible Literary Approaches: How do Texts Affect Readers? The Role of Readers: Gender, Ethnicity and Social Location The Role of Readers: Reading Against the Grain Theological Approaches Appendix Bibliography Indexes