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The Nature and Authority of the Bible

By Raymond Abba

The Nature and Authority of the Bible

The Nature and Authority of the Bible

By Raymond Abba

A comprehensive survey of modern biblical interpretation and an overview of the scriptures themselves, stressing the essential unity of the texts.

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ISBN: 9780227679128

Specifications: 216x138mm (8.5x5.43in), 392pp

Published: March 1992


In this major survey of twentieth-century interpretations of the Bible, Dr Abba not only draws on the work of the major scholars of the century, but also brings together the findings of biblical scholars not readily available to the general reader.

This new edition has been revised and updated and includes a new critical summary of the relevant aspects of recent radical thought. In language intelligible to the educated layman, this work surveys the field of recent biblical studies from the viewpoint of the biblical theologian. It is the belief of the author that the Bible is both the record and the instrument of a unique divine revelation, given through the history of Israel and culminating in Jesus Christ, interpreted by the church and authenticated in religious experience.

Preface to second edition

1. What is the Bible?
2. The interpretation of the Bible
3. Revelation through history
4. Myth, legend and history
5. Miracles
6. The Old Testament and the New
7. Differing levels of truth
8. The Word of God
9. The continuing debate

Appendix: The Dead Sea Scrolls and Christian origins

The late Dr Raymond Abba was Professor of Old Testament Studies at the University of Durham and chairman of the Association for Religious Education of England and Wales, of which he was a founder member. He lectured throughout the world, also holding chairs in both the USA and Australia. He was the author of Things Which Abide (1944) and Principles of Christian Worship (1957), and was editor of Training the Specialist Religious Education Teacher for Tomorrow (1975) and Religious Education Abroad (1978), as well as contributing to The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible (1962), and leading theological journals.