[Read] ➵ How to Read the Bible Author James L. Kugel – Varanus.us

How to Read the Bible In How To Read The Bible, Harvard Professor James Kugel Leads The Listener Through The Quiet Revolution Of Recent Biblical Scholarship, Showing How Radically The Interpretations Of Today S Researchers Differ From What People Have Always Thought The Story Of Adam And Eve, It Turns Out, Was Not Originally About The Fall Of Man, But About The Move From A Primitive, Hunter Gatherer Society To A Settled, Agricultural One As For The Stories Of Cain And Abel, Abraham And Sarah, And Jacob And Esau, They Were Not About Individual People At All But, Rather, Explanations Of Israelite Society As It Existed Centuries After These Figures Were Said To Have Lived In The Earliest Version Of The Exodus Story, Moses Probably Did Not Divide The Red Sea In Half Instead, The Egyptians Perished In A Storm At Sea Whatever The Original Ten Commandments Might Have Been, Scholars Are Quite Sure They Were Different From The Ones We Have Today What S , The People Long Supposed To Have Written Various Books Of The Bible Were Not Their Real Authors David Did Not Write The Psalms, Solomon Did Not Write Proverbs.Such Findings Pose A Problem For Adherents Of Traditional, Bible Based Faiths Hiding From The Discoveries Of Modern Scholars Seems Dishonest, But Accepting Them Means Undermining Much Of The Bible S Reliability And Authority As The Word Of God What To Do In His Search For A Solution, Kugel Leads The Listener Back To Ancient Biblical Interpreters Who Flourished At The End Of The Biblical Period Far From Na

[Read] ➵ How to Read the Bible  Author James L. Kugel – Varanus.us
  • Hardcover
  • 848 pages
  • How to Read the Bible
  • James L. Kugel
  • 11 November 2018
  • 0641986378

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  1. says:

    This book is in the wrong bookshelf not Christianity, but Bible Studies Kugel is a Jew and the book s focus is on the Hebrew Bible.What s remarkable about this book is Kugel s status as a conservative, observant Jew, steeped in a tradition of Talmudic studies and commentary The book is a dualism giving two parallel readings to key Bible stories He first gives the classical or received view based on internal readings of the text and rabbinical tradition He then gives a reading based on This book is in the wrong bookshelf not Christianity, but Bible Studies Kugel is a Jew and the book s focus is on the Hebrew Bible.What s remarkable about this book is Kugel s status as a conservative, observant Jew, steeped in a tradition of Talmudic studies and commentary The book is a dualism giving two parallel readings to key Bible stories He first gives the classical or received view based on internal readings of the text and rabbinical tradition He then gives a reading based on current Bible scholarship, including text criticism, archealogy, regional history, etc He shows the value of both readings, and leaves the reader to decide what to make of all of it.He kind of ducks the question of how to reconcile the two views But that s okay with me, because I walk that same divide myself in my own faith and understanding So I ...


  2. says:

    I took Kugel s Hebrew Bible class at Harvard as a Freshman, almost 20 years ago I loved listening to him lecture I can still remember him chanting and bouncing, almost dancing on stage as he recited Biblical poetry He asked for water and she gave him milk, she brought him curds in a lordly bowl He was always so animated and absolutely fascinating he was not only a good scholar pretty common among Harvard professors , but a good teacher which was rarer, and a real joy when you happened I took Kugel s Hebrew Bible class at Harvard as a Freshman, almost 20 years ago I loved listening to him lecture I can still remember him chanting and bouncing, almost dancing on stage as he recited Biblical poetry He asked for water and she gave him milk, she brought him curds in a lordly bowl He was always so animated and absolutely fascinating he was not only a good scholar pretty common among Harvard professors , but a good teacher which was rarer, and a real joy when you happened to find one His...


  3. says:

    73 How to Read the Bible A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now by James L Kugel 2007, 777 pages Paperback brickread Nov 28, 2011 Nov 17, 2015, read along with the OTRating 4.5 stars My plan was to use this as advertised, as a guide in how to read the bible I would read part of the bible and then read the corresponding chapter here It started out well He has some nice introductory essays then chapters in order on Genesis 1 3, then on Gen 4, then 6 8, then Gen 11and so on But then at so 73 How to Read the Bible A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now by James L Kugel 2007, 777 pages Paperback brickread Nov 28, 2011 Nov 17, 2015, read along with the OTRating 4.5 stars My plan was to use this as advertised, as a guide in how to read the bible I would read part of the bible and then read the corresponding ch...


  4. says:

    The book is a How to in the sense of demonstration, rather than step by step instruction Kugel models historical critical interpretation, working his way through the Old Testament I am not sympathetic to this method, but it is popular and important to understand In that regard, this book is helpful and stimulating It is important to note this work does not offer an apologetic of the method, so those looking for a defense of historical criticism won t find it here Kugel simply proceeds fro The book is a How to in the sense of demonstration, rather than step by step instruction Kugel models historical critical interpretation, working his way through the Old Testament I am not sympathetic to this method, but it is popular and important to understand In that regard, this book is helpful and stimulating It is important to note this work does not offer an apologetic of the method, so those looking for a defense of historical criticism won t find it here Kugel simply proceeds from the presuppositions, then dissolves the supposed purported events and stories with natural, rational explanations e.g phenomena like miracles can t happen, so he offers alternate explanations So he s internally consistent, but not explicit about his presuppositions Perhaps the most instructive chapter is the introduction, in which Kugel provides a brief history of the rise o...


  5. says:

    A treasure for any modern believer of both God and Science The author s format is well laid passage by passage, he first defines how ancient interpretors have viewed Biblical subjects, then runs through the various findings of modern scholarship Kugel doesn t shy from citing non Biblical sources or tearing down firm held believes of, say, fundamentalist Christians Neither does he ever lose sight of his faith It s a fine line to tread, and Kugel navigate...


  6. says:

    In this large work, Kugel goes through the Hebrew bible and contrast the ancient interpretations of the scriptures, with those of modern biblical scholars The ancients who gathered the text and made it canonical, seemed to interpret their scripture through the following assumptions Firstly, the bible was considered to be cryptic, when it said A, it often meant B This of course, assumed the Divine source that hid these truths beneath the surface message Next, they assumed that though the scri In this large work, Kugel goes through the Hebrew bible and contrast the ancient interpretations of the sc...


  7. says:

    How should one read the Hebrew Bible Is it the inerrant word of God, or is it exclusively the product of humans James L Kugel is uniquely qualified to tackle this big question, being both a professor of ancient Hebrew who has kept up to date with modern Bible scholarship, and a believing Orthodox Jew who now lives in Jerusalem In each chapter Kugel takes a book or section of a book from the Bible, summarizes it, and then unpacks its difficulties of interpretation He does so from two...


  8. says:

    Given the large number of books including some with similar titles to the book under review here that present the ideas and findings of modern biblical scholarship to lay readers, ultimately it s hard not to judge such a book based on what it has to offer that many of the others do not In the case of James Kugel s How to Read the Bible, there really isn t a whole lot here that can t be found elsewhere.The bulk of this work is a synopsis of Tanakh, or the Hebrew Bible, offering a comparison of Given the large number of books including some with similar titles to the book under review here that present the ideas and findings of modern biblical scholarship to lay readers, ultimately it s hard not to judge such a book based on what it has to offer that many of the others do...


  9. says:

    James Kugel has done the world a great service in How to Read the Bible This book is the fruit of his decades of research While the title says Bible, Kugel is a Jewish Hebrew Scripture scholar who concentrates on the Old Testament But the principles he describes hold true for New Testament readers as well.Kugel goes on to wrestle with the question, how are we to read the Bible How are we to make sense of this He goes through the various sections of the Old Testament describing in his th James Kugel has done the world a great service in How to Re...


  10. says:

    Highly readable introduction to biblical criticism, the key stories of the Hebrew Bible, and some of the interpretations, both Jewish and Christian, of it It focuses on the first 5 books Pentateuch mostly the 12 minor prophets get 1 chapter while Genesis Deutoronomy gets 20, for example There are a few chapters focusing on a few key issues in understanding the difference between a physical god who intercedes and an omnipresent one, the documentary hypothesis different sources identified Highly readable introduction to biblical criticism, the key stories of the Hebrew Bible, and some of the interpretations, both Jewish and Christian, of it It focuses on the first 5 books Pentateuch mostly the 12 minor prophets get 1 chapter while Genesis Deutoronomy gets 20, for example There are a few chapters focusing on a few key issues in understanding t...

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