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Harris, Stephen : California State University--Sacramento
List of Boxes, Tables, and Illustrations
CHAPTER 1--The Bible: An Overview
Why we Read the Bible
The Old Testament and the Hebrew Bible (Tanak)
The New Testament
How the Bible Was Formed and Handed Down to Us
How the Bible Became Available in English
The Bible and Modern Scholarship
PART I: THE HEBREW BIBLE (OLD TESTAMENT)
CHAPTER 2--History and Geography of the Near East
Prologe to the Biblical World
Mesopotamia, Site of the World's First Urban Civilization
Egypt, The First National State
Canaan and Israel
Alexander's Conquests and the Hellenistic Era
The Roman Occupation of Judea
The Promised Land
CHAPTER 3--The God of Israel: A Composite Portrait
The Names of God
Yahweh: Leader of the Divine Council
Roles and Characteristics of the Biblical God
God in the New Testament
CHAPTER 4--The Torah: Five Books of Divine Instruction (The Pentateuch)
Who Wrote the "Books of Moses"?
The Documentary Hypotheses: Four Sources of the Pentateuch)
Some Literary Forms in the Pentateuch
CHAPTER 5--The Prophets (Nevi'im) I: The Deuteronomistic History
The Deuteronomistic Theory of History
Major Events and Their Meaning
Observing the Order of the Hebrew Bible
CHAPTER 6--The Prophets (Nevi'im) II: Collections Attributed to Individual Prophets
Spokespersons for God
The Three Great Crises
Order of the Prophets' Appearances
CHAPTER 7--The Writings (Kethuvim): Books of Poetry, Wisdom, Short Fiction, and Sacred History
After the Exile: A Reinterpretation of Judah's Religious Mission
Song of Songs
Reinterpreting Israel's History for the Postexilic World
CHAPTER 8--Deuterocanonical, Apocalyptic, and Extracanonical Works
The Covenant People in the Hellenistic World
Apocalyptic Literature and the Book of Daniel
Additions to Daniel
Other Apocalyptic Works
1 Enoch (Ethiopic Book of Enoch)
2 Enoch (Slavonic Book of Enoch)
Other Deuterocanonical Writings (Books of the Apocrypha)
Additions to Esther
Ecclesiasticus (The Wisdom of Jesus Son of Sirach)
The Wisdom of Solomon (Wisdom)
Other Works of the Pseudepigrapha
Letter of Aristeas
Book of Jubilees
Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
Books of Adam and Eve
CHAPTER 9--Between the Two Testaments: Hellenistic Culture and the Growth of Multiple Judaisms
Hellenistic Thought, Culture, and Religion
The Mystery of Religions
The Diverse World of First-Century Judaisms
The Messiah: First Century Expectations
PART II: THE NEW TESTAMENT (THE CHRISTIAN GREEK SCRIPTURES)
CHAPTER 10--The Books of the New Testament: The Gospels
Literary Categories in the New Testament
The Synoptic Gospels
Four Distinctive Portraits of Jesus
CHAPTER 11--The Other Gospels: Additional Portraits of Jesus
Contrasting Portrayals of Jesus
The Gospel of Thomas
The Gospel of Peter
Gospels about Jesus' Infancy and Childhood
The Continuing Quest for the Historical Jesus
Early Historical References to Jesus
Scholarly Portrayals of Jesus
Some General Agreements about the Historical Jesus
Jesus' Teachings about the Kingdom
CHAPTER 12--A Christian History and the Pauline Letters
The Book of Acts: A Story of Christian Beginnings
Paul and the Gentile Mission
The Disputed Pauline Letters
The Pastoral Letters
CHAPTER 13--General Epistles and Some Visions of Endtime
Hebrews and the Catholic ("General") Epistles
Other Early Christian Letters and Tracts
The Didache (Teaching of the Twelve Apostles)
The Epistle of Barnabus
Visions of Endtime
The Apocalypse of Peter
The Judeo-Christian Bible and Subsequent History
The Growth of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian-Greek Scriptures
Shocks and Readjustments
Glossary of Major Biblical Characters, Terms, and Concepts
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