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Exploring the Bible provides students with a clear, concise, and accessible introduction to the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. The book combines current scholarship with a fresh, readable analysis of the biblical literature, placing each document in its socio-historical context. Student-friendly, it facilitates learning with helpful pedagogical features, ranging from "Key Topics/Themes" summarizing crucial information at the head of each chapter to an extensive glossary of essential terms at the end of the book. At the close of each chapter, "Questions for Discussion and Review" contribute to stimulating class discussions. "Recommended Readings" emphasize the most current--and easily accessible--references for further study.
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Stephen L. Harris is Professor Emeritus of Humanities and Religious Studies at California State University, Sacramento, where he served ten years as department chair. A Woodrow Wilson Fellow, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. A member of the Society of Biblical Literature, his publications include Understanding the Bible (8th edition, 2011); The Old Testament: An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (with Robert Platzner); Classical Mythology: Images and Insights (with Gloria Platzner); Exploring the Bible; and Fire Mountains of the West: The Cascade and Mono Lake Volcanoes, a survey of volcanic hazards on the U.S. Pacific Coast; and for National Geographic Books, Restless Earth, a study of global earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. He contributed the chapter on “Archaeology and Volcanism” to the Encyclopedia of Volcanoes (Academic Press, 2000).
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