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  Reference.com/Encyclopedia/The Bible and history
All theological conservatives would agree the Bible is correct in its major historical claims and that not everything in the Bible is to be taken literally (e.g., in obvious cases of non-literal poetry and allegory).
Analysis of the text suggests that it was written in the Kingdom of Judah, and probably reflects the political ambitions of the kingdom or of the temple.
Biblical minimalists generally hold that the Bible is principally a theological and apologetic work, and all stories within it are of an aetiological character.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/The_Bible_and_history   (6974 words)

  The Bible and history - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
All theological conservatives would agree the Bible is correct in its major historical claims and that everything in the Bible is not to be taken literally (for example, obvious cases of non literal poetry).
Many Christians and Jews prefer to stress the importance of the moral and religious values inculcated in the Bible, while its accuracy in terms of some or many of its historical details is not necessarily a key part of their faith.
Analysis of the text suggests that it was written in the Kingdom of Judah, and probably reflects the political ambitions of the kingdom or of the temple.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/The_Bible_and_history   (4701 words)

 Bible - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Bible (Hebrew: תנ״ך tanakh, Greek: η Βίβλος hē biblos) (sometimes The Holy Bible, The Book, Word of God, The Word, The Good Book or Scripture), from Greek (τα) βίβλια, (ta) biblia, "(the) books", is the name used by Jews and Christians for their differing (and sometimes overlapping) canons of sacred texts.
The Bibles used by the various branches of Christianity comprise an Old Testament followed by a New Testament; versions and translations of the texts vary.
The longest verse in the Bible is Esther chapter 8, verse 9.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Bible   (4460 words)

 The Bible and history: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The bible states that Adam begat Seth when he was 230 which if taken as lunation's equates to about 19 years which again is quite resonable so if for simplicity we take each generation as 20 years then a chronology can be roughly constructed for the first 10 biblical patriarchs spanning 200 years.
If the bibles own narrative is taken as a guide a possible date for the reign of Joshua and the start and end of the period of the Judges can be derived statistically by using the ratios of the biblical years.
Jesus, in the bible called jesus the nazarene and known among christians as jesus christ, is the central figure in christianity and is considered an...
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/t/th/the_bible_and_history.htm   (7152 words)

 The Bible in History: How Writers Create a Past (Thomas Thompson)
The Bible in History is a study of how the Bible fits into history — the way in which it deals with the past, the history of the period it is traditionally supposed to describe, and the history of the period in which it was written.
Part one is an introduction to general historiographical issues: the problems of confusing stories with historical evidence, the ways in which the Bible talks about the past and the dangers of confusing that with modern notions of history, and the use of myths of origin and recurring motifs.
Part two is a history of Palestine and the surrounding region, from the earliest human settlement down to the Hellenistic period, based on the latest archaeological and historical evidence.
dannyreviews.com /h/Bible_History.html   (1074 words)

 the bible is history - Stormfront White Nationalist Community   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
these claims are usually of the type "the bible says christ was crucified in jerusalem; the science of geography shows that jerusalem exists; therefore science confirms that christ was crucified in jerusalem".
history is against it: as our knowledge increases, the bible has been shown to be wrong time and again.
the bible is written in beautiful prose - thanks to shakespeare and james vi - the 'wisest fool in christendom', they called him.
www.stormfront.org /forum/showthread.php?t=110186   (1453 words)

 Bible and the history   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
When it is a question of events mentioned in the Bible, we can often read and hear how some researchers doubt the historicity of these accounts.
This is especially so concerning the initial accounts of the fall, the Flood and the tower of Babel and miracles which appear in the gospels.
In other words it has been targeted at such persons who want to know whether the events mentioned in the Bible are really historically correct.
koti.phnet.fi /elohim/Bible_and_the_history.html   (385 words)

 History of the Bible
Coverdale finished translating the rest of the Bible but not being a Hebrew or Greek scholar his portions are based on intermediate Latin and German translations rather than the original Greek and Hebrew.
One of the results is that Jerome’s Latin Vulgate version of the Bible is held to be the official version of the Bible accepted by the Catholic Church.
Because there was no “official” version of the Bible in England at this time, the Archbishop of Canterbury suggested the Geneva Bible be revised by the Bishop’s to be used by all the churches.
agards-bible-timeline.com /q2_bible_english.html   (1732 words)

 History of the Bible
Bible the sacred book of Christianity, as the inspired record of God’s revelation of himself and of his will to mankind.
Syriac versions: The Peshitta is the Syriac Bible of the OT translated in the second or third century A.D. for Christians whose language was Syriac.
Their use of it, to prove to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah, caused a change in the Jew’s attitude toward it.
www.mazzaroth.com /ChapterThree/HistoryOfTheBible.htm   (2660 words)

 The Bible, Its History, Infallibility, and Authority
The presupposition of Christianity is that the Bible, as originally written down by people inspired by God, is the infallible word of God in written form.
The Bible contains the divine answer to the problems we humans face throughout our lives, as well as the directives of God concerning how He is to be worshiped and served.
Christians are allowed to believe in the Authority of the Scripture because of the spirit of discernment granted by the Holy Spirit, and because the Christian does not presuppose that he himself has the authority which God possesses to render something authoritative or not.
www.reformed.org /bible/bible-intro.html   (1533 words)

 English Bible History: Timeline of how we got the English Bible
It is truly the “Bible of the Protestant Reformation.” Strangely, the famous Geneva Bible has been out-of-print since 1644, so the only way to obtain one is to either purchase an original printing of the Geneva Bible, or a less costly facsimile reproduction of the original 1560 Geneva Bible.
Protestants today are largely unaware of their own history, and unaware of the Geneva Bible (which is textually 95% the same as the King James Version, but 50 years older than the King James Version, and not influenced by the Roman Catholic Rheims New Testament that the King James translators admittedly took into consideration).
Although the first Bible printed in America was done in the native Algonquin Indian Language by John Eliot in 1663; the first English language Bible to be printed in America by Robert Aitken in 1782 was a King James Version.
www.greatsite.com /timeline-english-bible-history   (5639 words)

 Answering the Atheists: The Bible and History
The Bible teaches that we are all God's offspring: "For in him we live,and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring." (Acts 17:28).
But nothing the Bible says is unflattering to the inhabitants of that region.
One fertile source was the 'science' of anthropology, which throughout the period was putting out the hokum that the various races of man were of different origin and of differing worth.
thriceholy.net /bible.html   (4090 words)

 The Bible and History by Daniel J. Harrington, America: The Catholic Weekly Magazine
Taking as his starting point the early history of writing in Israel, he shows how writing was endowed with a magical and even numinous character, and how it soon became an instrument of the state and the temple.
She explores how the biblical authors wrote their histories, the kind of history that they thought they were writing, how history was perceived in the ancient world, the authors’ aims and sources, their flexibility in composition and the roles of literary style and theology/ideology in their works.
In The Bible in History: How the Texts Have Shaped the Times (Oxford Univ. Press, 389p, $35), David W. Kling, associate professor in the department of religious studies at the University of Miami, explores eight cases in which specific biblical texts have shaped Western history and history has shaped the interpretation of these biblical texts.
www.americamagazine.org /gettext.cfm?articleTypeID=6&textID=4068&issueID=523   (2059 words)

 The Bible and history - Iridis Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The Bible is therefore held to be historically accurate, even down to smallest details.
Most Christians and Jews however prefer to stress the importance of the moral and religious values inculcated in the Bible, while its accuracy as a historic reference is not necessarily a key part of their faith.
Judaism in particular rejects the notion of literal interpretation of the Bible, as exemplified in the views of Maimonides who taught that when scientific evidence contradicts an understanding of the Bible, we must re-interpret that verse in accord with science.
www.iridis.com /The_Bible_and_history   (1665 words)

 TBK - The Bible, as History, Flunks New Archaeological Tests
The Bible's account of King David is so well known that even people who rarely crack the Good Book probably have an idea of his greatness.
In an interview by e-mail from the Megiddo site, Finkelstein said that not long ago, "biblical history dictated the course of research and archaeology was used in order to 'prove' the biblical narrative." In that way, he said, archaeology took a back seat as a discipline.
But if many archaeologists are far less interested in trying to corroborate the exact biblical accounts than in how the area's ancient history fits into the larger picture of the Middle East, that change of perspective, Marcus said, reflects an intellectual shift among the people doing the digging.
www.truthbeknown.com /bibleflunks.htm   (1363 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: The Bible in History: How Writers Create a Past: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
For centuries it was widely held that the Bible recounted real historical events such as the Exodus, the kingdom of David and the Exile.
The Bible is a crucial text, not so much for its veracity but as great literature and as the best insight we have into how stories are moulded for the audience of their time.
The very idea of history, he argues, is a modern concept, incompatible with the world view of the ancient world.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/0224039776   (750 words)

 Bible History Online - Fallen Empires (Biblical Archaeology)
It is very interesting that the Jasper Seal, found at Tel Megiddo bearing the name of King Jeroboam who ruled in the Northern Kingdom of Israel, would contain the symbol for their rival, the Southern Kingdom of Judah.
But in examining all of the circumstances involved and seeing what the Bible says it is no wonder that the prosperous and victorious Northern Kingdom of Israel would boast with a symbol of their enemy.
What is amazing is that modern archaeology has confirmed that the Bible has never made one error, or given any clear contradictions in all of its text in matters of historical fact.
www.bible-history.com /biblehistoryonline_fallenempires.php   (721 words)

 NPR : 'How to Read the Bible' Through History
When the Bible is viewed in the light of this method, we see the text as meaningful, engaging, and multifaceted.
But it is natural if we understand the Bible as a uniform, perfect, divine work, which may employ language in a cryptic fashion.
This is not to say that every traditional, premodern interpreter of the Bible took every word of the text according to all of these principles.
www.npr.org /templates/story/story.php?storyId=5174963   (2204 words)

 surefish.co.uk: culture - books - The Bible - A History
Most of us know the story in the Bible, from Adam and Eve to Jesus, though we might be a bit hazy about some of the stuff in the middle.
So much of the Bible is anonymous, including all four Gospels and most of the Old Testament, that piecing together the behind-the-scenes story is like reading a detective novel with no last chapter many clues, many possibilities, no answers.
The Bible: A History does a pretty good job of filling in the gaps to make a proper story, though of course with lots of 'probablies' and 'scholars believe'.
www.surefish.co.uk /culture/features/0503_bible_history.htm   (554 words)

 History of the Bible
The word Bible comes from a Latin form of the Greek word Biblia which means "little books." The Bible refers to the collection of 66 books from different authors compiled to make up what we refer to today as "The Holy Bible".
The last section of the Bible known familiarly as The New Testament is comprised of 27 books or letters written in Greek.
Forty men shared in the writing of the Bible over a span of about 1,600 years from the time of Moses to the last book written by John.
agards-bible-timeline.com /q1_bible_who_wrote.html   (237 words)

 The Bible: A History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The Bible has had a profound influence on the diverse cultures of Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Africa, and it has left an imprint on Asia.
This is the story of the Bible — of how it came to be, how it survived, and how it changed the world throughout the centuries.
The Bible has had a profound influence on the diverse cultures of Europe and the British Isles, the Americas, Australia, and Africa, and has even left an imprint on Asia.
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 History of the Bible
The term pseudepigrapha literally means "false inscriptions." We are aware of at least 52 of these works, which were written by Jews and Christians between 200 B.C. and 200 A.D. Writers often credited their works to famous biblical characters, such as Enoch.
Some bible scholars believe the sayings of Jesus were collected during this period and that parts of this document, called the "Q" source by scholars, underlie the gospels of both Matthew and Luke.
The New American Bible was completed primarily by Catholic scholars, and it is the first American Catholic translation based on the original languages.
www.literatureclassics.com /ancientpaths/bibhist.html   (1798 words)

 National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools
The central approach of the class is simply to study the Bible as a foundation document of society, and that approach is altogether appropriate in a comprehensive program of secular education.
In my own state of Texas, the House Public Education Committee is presently considering requiring the state's 1,700 school districts to offer history and literature courses using the Bible as the primary text.
A study by the American Political Science Review on the political documents of the founding era, which was from 1760-1805, discovered that 94 percent of the period's documents were based on the Bible, with 34 percent of the contents being direct citations from the Bible.
www.bibleinschools.net   (1333 words)

 Crash Course in Jewish History Part 2: The Bible as History
First, not only were Jews recording history well before Herodotus, but while Herodotus might record the events, the Jews were looking at the deeper meaning, and that deeper meaning can be found most importantly and most significantly within the Bible itself.
On the microcosmic level, within the stories of Genesis in the Bible, we're going to see that what happens to the ancients will be repeated by their children.
To understand Jewish history means to build a great deal of general knowledge of the history of the world at large.
www.aish.com /literacy/jewishhistory/Crash_Course_in_Jewish_History_Part_2_The_Bible_as_History.asp   (1516 words)

 AMAZING Bible Timeline with World History!
I have been a student of world history for many years (with a leaning toward scriptural history)....
I took the 1931 timeline, corrected it, updated it to the year 2000 and added recently uncovered history of the North and South American peoples.
Every time you look at The Amazing Bible World History Timeline you'll be surprised and delighted by new discoveries.
agards-bible-timeline.com /#bible   (476 words)

 History Of The Bible
The history of the "Bible" begins with the Jewish Scriptures.
Beginning as early as 250 BC, the Hebrew Bible was translated into Greek by Jewish scholars in Alexandria, Egypt.
This translation became known as the "Septuagint", meaning 70, and referring to the tradition that 70 (probably 72) men comprised the translation team.
www.allaboutthejourney.org /history-of-the-bible.htm   (702 words)

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