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Understanding the Hebrew Bible

Understanding the Hebrew Bible

A Reader's Guide

By Elliott Rabin

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Understanding the Hebrew Bible is written clearly and jargon-free and provides an orientation to the vast compendium of biblical materials by explaining the different kinds of writing found in the Bible, including storytelling, law, history, prophecy, wisdom and poetry. Each section is informed by current biblical scholarship, but presented in a manner accessible to a general audience. Unlike other introductions that focus entirely on biblical history and its historical context, this book surveys the full range of biblical writing. A preface establishes a conceptual model for understanding the Bible, and explores the differences between the traditional Jewish and Christian readings of this Scripture. Readers will discover in this book a concise, useful companion to the Book of Books.

About the Author
Elliott Rabin is the director of education at Makor, a program of the 92nd Street Y in New York City. He earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature with a specialty in Hebrew literature from Indiana University, and he has taught classes in literature, religion, Jewish culture, and Hebrew language at
universities and community centers in Indiana, Louisville, and New York City. He resides in New York with his wife and daughter.
Praise for Understanding the Hebrew Bible~ Publishers Weekly
The Hebrew Bible is Judaism's corpus of sacred writings, a collection of literary works produced by the Israelite people in ancient times. It is believed that these works were written by divine inspiration, the result of direct revelation and of prophecy in its various forms. The Bible is filled with several types of writing: storytelling, law, history, prophecy, wisdom, and poetry. Rabin posits that the Bible is not a book of doctrine and there are few statements of dogma; he believes, instead, that it is a book that imparts its religious vision mostly through literary art, stories, and poems--that the Bible's stories describe human responses to God's presence: "God speaks to people, challenging them to live a life in His image." This handbook is clearly written for the general reader and takes no particular position about the Bible's religious significance, presenting itself as one of the most enlightening studies to explore the depths and range of this holy book, and giving it contemporary relevance.
~ George Cohen, Booklist

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