The Bible: Respectful Readings

The Bible: Respectful Readings

by George Anastaplo

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The Biblical heritage is generally recognized as vital to the development and guidance of Western Civilization as we know it. It is also recognized that it is in the interest of both believers and skeptics that the Bible be read with care. Among the things to be noticed is the status of the virtue of prudence in various circumstances described in the Bible. Particularly revealing in George Anastaplo's essays and appendices is what is shown about how intrinsically interesting the Biblical accounts are_accounts which not only offer guidance for everyday life but also instruction about the enduring questions that people everywhere have been asking for centuries. Thus, The Bible: Respectful Readings provides instruction for analyzing Biblical texts with care. It makes readers aware of both the questions addressed and the relevant evidence that should be assessed within The Bible. Winston Churchill counselled responsible thinkers today to address 'not only those . . . who enjoy the blessings and consolidation of revealed religion, but also . . . those who face the mystery of the human destiny alone.' In keeping with this spirit, Respectful Readings accommodates to the wide range of prospective students of the sacred texts of Western Civilization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461634263
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 03/14/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 410
File size: 831 KB

About the Author

George Anastaplo, author of numerous books, teaches at the University of Chicago, Loyola University, and Dominican University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Table of Contents
Chapter 2 1 On Taking the Bible Seriously Again
Chapter 3 2 On Prophecy and Freedom
Chapter 4 3 On Biblical Thought
Chapter 5 4 Cain and Abel
Chapter 6 5 Rebekah, Isaac, and Jacob
Chapter 7 6 Joseph
Chapter 8 7 Moses in Egypt
Chapter 9 8 Moses at Sinai
Chapter 10 9 The Ten Commandments
Chapter 11 10 David
Chapter 12 11 Solomon
Chapter 13 12 Isaiah
Chapter 14 13 Job
Chapter 15 14 Jesus
Chapter 16 15 The Lord's Prayer
Chapter 17 16 The Nicene Creed
Chapter 18 17 On the Yearning for Personal Immortality
Chapter 19 Appendix A. Reason and Revelation: On Leo Strauss
Chapter 20 Appendix B. Reason and Revelation: On Odysseus and Polyphemos
Chapter 21 Appendix C. On the Status of the Political Order
Chapter 22 Appendix D. On Being and One's Own
Chapter 23 Appendix E. Leo Strauss and Judaism Revisited
Chapter 24 Appendix F. On Beginnings (with Endnotes)
Chapter 25 Appendix G. Shakespeare's Bible
Chapter 26 Appendix H. Countdown to the Millenium: A Look atThe Revelation of St. John the Divine
Chapter 27 Appendix I. John Locke andThe Reasonablenss of Christianity
Chapter 28 Appendix J. The Holocaust and the Divine Ordering of Human Beings
Chapter 29 Appendix K. Yearnings for the Divine and the Natural Animation of Matter
Chapter 30 Endnotes
Chapter 31 Index

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