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Dec 1, 2012 — "Ours is not a bloodline, but a text line," say father-daughter author team Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger. Their new book, Jews And Words, explores the significance of text in the Jewish tradition. "For thousands of years, we Jews had nothing but books," Oz says. "They became part of the family life."
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Sep 4, 2012 — In his new book, The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture, scholar Yoram Hazony makes the case that the ancient texts are a work of philosophy in narrative form. The scriptures are a cautionary tale — an epic that advocates wariness of great imperial powers and individualism in the face of authority.
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Mar 15, 2012 — In Revelations, Elaine Pagels explores the New Testament's controversial book. It debuts at No. 5.
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Mar 7, 2012 — Princeton religious scholar Elaine Pagels puts the New Testament's last book in historical context.
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Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of How to Read the Bible by Marc Z. Brettler. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Dec 22, 2010 — In Begat, David Crystal sets out to prove that the King James Bible has contributed more to the English language than any other literary source. If you've ever "fought the good fight" or chuckled at "what comes out of the mouths of babes," you just might agree with him.
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Mar 31, 2010 — How much do we really know about the day-to-day in Jesus' time? What people ate, how they flirted, how they stayed clean? Scott Korb takes on that question in Life In Year One: What the World Was Like in First-Century Palestine a historical travelogue that manages to reference Michael Pollan, Anthony Bourdain and H1N1, all while recreating the time and place of Jesus.
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Mar 12, 2010 — The New Testament contains multiple versions of the life and teachings of Jesus. Bart Ehrman, the author of Jesus, Interrupted,, says they are at odds with each other on important points regarding the life, death and divinity of Jesus.
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Mar 10, 2009 — The Bible has been described in many ways, and now Slate.com editor David Plotz has a few more adjectives to add to the list. Plotz talks about his new book, Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible.
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Mar 4, 2009 — Bible scholar Bart Ehrman says the Gospels are at odds with each other on important points regarding the life, death and divinity of Jesus.
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