The Bible as It Was This is a guide to the Hebrew Bible unlike any other Leading us chapter by chapter through its most important stories from the Creation and the Tree of Knowledge through the Exodus from Egypt and the

  • Title: The Bible as It Was
  • Author: James L. Kugel
  • ISBN: 9780674069411
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is a guide to the Hebrew Bible unlike any other Leading us chapter by chapter through its most important stories from the Creation and the Tree of Knowledge through the Exodus from Egypt and the journey to the Promised Land James Kugel shows how a group of anonymous, ancient interpreters radically transformed the Bible and made it into the book that has come down tThis is a guide to the Hebrew Bible unlike any other Leading us chapter by chapter through its most important stories from the Creation and the Tree of Knowledge through the Exodus from Egypt and the journey to the Promised Land James Kugel shows how a group of anonymous, ancient interpreters radically transformed the Bible and made it into the book that has come down to us today.Was the snake in the Garden of Eden the devil, or the Garden itself paradise Did Abraham discover monotheism, and was his son Isaac a willing martyr Not until the ancient interpreters set to work Poring over every little detail in the Bible s stories, prophecies, and laws, they let their own theological and imaginative inclinations radically transform the Bible s very nature Their sometimes surprising interpretations soon became the generally accepted meaning These interpretations, and not the mere words of the text, became the Bible in the time of Jesus and Paul or the rabbis of the Talmud.Drawing on such sources as the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient Jewish apocrypha, Hellenistic writings, long lost retellings of Bible stories, and prayers and sermons of the early church and synagogue, Kugel reconstructs the theory and methods of interpretation at the time when the Bible was becoming the bedrock of Judaism and Christianity Here, for the first time, we can witness all the major transformations of the text and recreate the development of the Bible As It Was at the start of the Common era the Bible as we know it.

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    1. Now this is an impressive piece of scholarly work.Kugel takes it upon himself to give — in one volume — an overview of the interpretive Judaic discussion surrounding the Pentateuch. More than once he reminds the reader that this work does not represent the comprehensive discussion of the stories of Torah, but it does give one a basic and introductory understanding of the trajectory of those conversations. What is impressive is how Kugel is able to design each chapter. Taking each foundationa [...]

    2. How do you like your Kugel? I like a good sweet lokshen or yerushalmi, but can't say no to potato. James Kugel does not disappoint. This book tells you how the people alive when the Bible was compiled interpreted it. Using a plethora of first-hand sources, this book will change forever how you look at the Bible.

    3. A longer, more reference oriented version of Kugel's other texts. The introduction is a solid introduction to his general reception-oriented perspective on biblical interpretation and a good summary of his views of the ancient Judeo-Christian method(s) of interpretation. The rest is a survey of the Pentateuch describing various motifs that occur frequently in ancient (e.g. 2nd Temple and early Christian) interpreters when addressing specific texts.

    4. This was interesting but I think missed the mark. Basically what he wrote about was what early interpreters thought different passages of scripture meant. Not what they really meant. And mostly it seemed the early interpreters were trying to have things make sense to themselves not what the prophet or writer actually meant.

    5. This is my 2nd read through of this book. Reading it with a group study. I find it insightful for how to read the Old Testament.

    6. had him as a professor. still the very best teacher i have ever had the pleasure of learning from- funny, involved, and passionate about his subject.

    7. I really enjoyed the way Kugel presents this book comparing interpretations of the Hebrew bible and Christian bible. This is a great book for someone looking for more.

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