Learn how Bible scholars think through these longer essays that answer significant and broad questions about biblical studies.
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It is more accurate to speak of many Bibles rather than one, as religious traditions have different views of order and canonical status.
The conventions used to subdivide and number sections of the Bible have developed over millennia into the modern book-chapter-verse system, allowing for maximum precision.
Legends about the authorship of the Hebrew Bible notwithstanding, it is likely that most
of the books had many writers and editors.
The Bible’s singular authoritativeness seems to be uncompromised by the many translations that have been created in the past few millennia.
Today the Bible is no longer studied only through the lens of faith or doctrine but has become firmly planted in the humanities as a legitimate object of academic inquiry.
Place is of central concern in the Hebrew Bible, and biblical authors used place to make sense of the past, present, and future as well as their relationship to God and neighbor.
Scholars have used archaeology in different ways to understand the history of ancient Israel.
The Land of Israel assumed a significant role in biblical thought as territorial boundaries changed over centuries of history.
The (Protestant) Old Testament and the (Jewish) Tanakh share the same books, but our readings differ in language, punctuation, canonical order, and emphases.
Source criticism is a scholarly method for detecting written sources behind the biblical text.