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Biblical Studies & Ministry Guide: Introductions

Subject Guide for Biblical Studies & Ministry Majors.

Introductions / Surveys

An Introduction or Survey is an academic work in which the author/s attempt to cover the basic information about the books of the Bible. Typically covered: author, date of composition, place of composition, issues with canonization, possible audience/s, and often, themes and or outline. The highly technical or specialized introductions may also cover manuscripts or version histories (Septuagint, Targumim, or shorter version of Jeremiah, and such) or authorial styles. There are three main "flavors" of Introductions. The conservative introduction will give traditional answers to all the questions about authorship and date. Good solid work and will give you a basic introduction to the book. The liberal introduction will give all the possible options, or at least those that fit the author/s' agenda. It is good to consult a good liberal introduction because the often alert the reader to issues that are often ignored by the conservative introductions. Liberal authors typically don't believe in miracles or prophecy, therefore, all prophecy is written after the fact and Jesus was a good teacher, but the church made up the miracle stories (their thinking). The last type of introduction would be, what could be called critical. These authors may or may not agree with all the traditional answers, but they at least try to interact with the various issues brought up by the liberal authors.

Hebrew Bible / Old Testament

New Testament