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Publisher's Summary

Rightly recognized as one of the world's most important spiritual texts, the Bible has shaped thousands of years of faith, art, and human history. Yet for all its importance to believers and nonbelievers alike, we rarely engage with the Bible as a collection of unique narratives that were only later united into what we now know as the Old and New Testaments. And these different texts - historical narratives, dramatic visions, poems, songs, letters - speak to a broad range of experience, from joy and wonder to tragedy and mystery.
The diversity of material in biblical books like Exodus, Isaiah, Psalms, Mark, and Revelation has prompted people throughout history (from religious scholars to celebrated artists to everyday worshippers) to ponder and debate the meaning of these classic texts. To truly understand and appreciate the Bible's many perspectives on faith, war, suffering, love, memory, community, and other enduring themes, it is enlightening to use a literary approach to reading and thinking about these separate books.
Enjoy an intellectual adventure like no other in Reading Biblical Literature: Genesis to Revelation, which offers a comprehensive, book-by-book analysis of the Bible from the fascinating perspective of literature and narrative. Delivered by acclaimed religion scholar Professor Koester of Luther Seminary, these 36 lectures guide you through ancient stories, empowering you to engage with the books of the Bible as richly meaningful texts. From the lives of figures like Moses and King David to the Gospel accounts of Jesus and the formation of the earliest Christian communities, you get an unforgettably vivid sense of the Bible as a tale filled with complex characters, dramatic conflicts, universal themes, inspirational wisdom, hidden meanings, revolutionary crises, and powerful life lessons. No wonder it's considered the greatest story ever told.

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By Timothy J. Gannon on 09-04-16

Well Done! Perfect summary with excellent hist

Perfect summary with excellent historical and theological context. Good experience for all faiths. Delight to listen to.

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By Lange, Patrick J on 10-19-16

Great analysis, could go deeper

An excellent analytical look at an iconic book. I learned a great deal. It's only flaw is that it was too short. In many parts it went very deep. But many potential insights were passed over for the length of the course.

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By UKJ on 10-03-16

Amazing Insight

One word-Excellent-a must listen for anyone wanting to understand the Hebrew and Christian bible, absolutely fascinating.

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By Photosbydrp on 10-18-17

Great study

Great book to lessen to, my only regret is that it didn't cover more themes in the bible.

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