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Definition (wikipedia)The Bible refers to the primary sacred scriptures of either the Jewish or Christian religions. These scriptures are compilations of what were originally separate documents (called "books"); they were written over a long period of time; later compiled to form first the Jewish Bible (Tanakh) and, with later additions, the Christian Bible. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bible, Apr 2004
Sex, Drugs, Violence and the Bible (2001) - Chris Bennett, Neil McQueen
Sex, Drugs, Violence and the Bible (2001) - Chris Bennett, Neil McQueen [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
This book is a wonderfully fresh look at the Bible for the religious and non-religious alike. If you're religious you'll probably be offended at first by much of the author's research, but give it an honest read anyway. The worst that could happen is that you come away with greater insight into how the non-religious view your scriptures. I found the book refreshing and challenging; it caused me to fall in love with the Bible at last because for the first time I was able to read it with some historical and archaeological context rather than simply being expected to accept it as sacred because others have believed it to be so for thousands of years.
Read in the context of an emerging tribal culture struggling with the concerns of their time: life, death, food, fertility, war, dominating and avoiding the domination of often more technologically advanced neighboring cultures. This book gave me an appreciation for these ancient peoples without having to accept as divine the horrific treatment they
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