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Bible in History: How the Texts Have Shaped the Times

 Bible in History: How the Texts Have Shaped the Times
No one can doubt that the Bible has exerted a tremendous influence on Western civilisation since the dawn of Christianity.
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ISBN/EAN: 9780195130089
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Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Author: David W. Kling
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No one can doubt that the Bible has exerted a tremendous influence on Western civilisation since the dawn of Christianity. But few of us have considered the precise nature of that influence in particular historical contexts. In this book, David Kling traces the fascinating story of how specific biblical texts have at different times emerged to be the inspiration of movements and collective responses that have changed the course of history. Each of the seminal texts Kling considers has been understood very differently (and perhaps more correctly) at different times in history. Each of the historical episodes he examines - from the rise of the Papacy to the emergence of pentecostalism - is evident of the dynamic interplay between scripture and the social and cultural context in which it is interpreted. Kling's innovative study of this process sheds important new light on the ways in which sacred texts continue to shape our history as well as our lives.
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