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1. Title Title of document 1. Approaching the Bible - The Bible for the Curious
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Philip Davies; University of Sheffield, (Emeritus); United Kingdom
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religion; Christianity; Biblical Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) Bible
6. Description Abstract Most Bible readers, perhaps, think the Bible contains truth, or some truth,
about God, humans and the world, and teaches us this partly by describing
the past and predicting the future and directing how we should live.
Others dismiss it as containing myths, unscientific superstitions and oldfashioned
ethical views that have little or no relevance to the twenty-first
century. Additionally, for many people in our multicultural society the
Bible has no historical or cultural value at all. Whether the Bible should
play any role in a modern secular society is questionable. Should we
bother to read it, let alone try and understand it? Having been at the centre
of European (Western) culture for two thousand years, is it now of little
relevance? Does it still help us to understand our culture or contribute to
it? The first response to this challenge needs to be that in order to understand,
appreciate and use the Bible, we do not have either to believe in it as
the Word of God, nor reject it as upholding obsolete values like patriarchy,
warfare, slavery, absolute monarchy or racism.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Nov-2018
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.35682
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; The Bible for the Curious
16. Language English=en english
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd