An Introduction to the Bible
563 pages; 8" x 10"
Over 100 photos & maps
World English rights
Purchase at Eerdmans.com
Praise for An Introduction to the Bible
"Two veteran teachers and distinguished scholars have joined forces to present a solid and up-to-date introduction to both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. They are especially effective in showing how to read the Bible on the literary, historical, and theological levels. Their work is ideal for a college course, personal study, and long-term reference."
"This comprehensive, thoroughly informed, and lavishly illustrated volume, produced by the collaboration of two experts — one Protestant, one Catholic — achieves that to which it aspires: it is clarity itself. This is the perfect introduction for undergraduates."
"This fine introductory volume does precisely what it sets out to do: it presents readers with an outline of what to look for as they make their way through the biblical text. The commentary does not overpower the reader with scholarly theories; instead it allows the reader to confront the text as it stands."
"Onto the crowded shelf of introductions to the Bible comes this welcome addition. Acknowledging that much of the Bible is narrative witness to a people's experience of God, the authors add two things that set this textbook apart from others. They incorporate narrative criticism into their approach to the biblical texts, without, however, neglecting the results of historical-critical methods; and they identify the theological claims made by each biblical book.
"Those attentive to the pedagogical challenges of teaching Bible to undergraduates will appreciate the organization and standard elements of each chapter: Getting Started exercises by which to pique student interest in the text; a concise Walk Through the content of the particular biblical book; introduction to the 'Critical Issues' in studying the particular book; and, identification of the book's Theological Themes. A Glossary, Questions for Review and Discussion, and recommendations for Further Reading are also provided.
"Not likely to sit on an office shelf collecting dust, this volume, with its useful pedagogical features and its attention to the Bible as theological witness, has much to offer for those teaching introductory Bible courses in theology departments and seminaries."
"Can there be anything new under the sun by way of introductions to the Bible? I find this contribution by Robert Kugler and Patrick Hartin well planned and brimming with useful maps, charts, questions, frameworks, and art. It's clear that these two authors are competent guides for our students, and they make a familiar journey fresh for instructors as well."