Don't Know Much About the Bible: Everything You Need to Know About the Good Book but Never Learned
Kenneth C. Davis
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With wit, wisdom, and an extraordinary talent for turning dry, difficult reading into colorful and realistic accounts, the creator of the bestselling Don't Know Much About®, series now brings the world of the Old and New testaments to life as no one else can in the bestseller Don't Know Much About® The Bible. Relying on new research and improved translations, Davis uncovers some amazing questions and contradictions about what the Bible really says. Jericho's walls may have tumbled down because the city lies on a fault line. Moses never parted the Red Sea. There was a Jesus, but he wasn't born on Christmas and he probably wasn't an only child.
Davis brings readers up-to-date on findings gleaned from the Dead Sea Scrolls and Gnostic Gospels that prompt serious scholars to ask such serious questions as: Who wrote the Bible? Did Jesus say everything we were taught he did? Did he say more? By examining the Bible historically, Davis entertains and amazes, provides a much better understanding of the subject, and offers much more fun learning about it.
to pick lilies. I am my beloved’s And my beloved is mine; He browses among the lilies. (6:1-3 JPS) How lovely are your feet in sandals, O daughter of nobles! Your rounded thighs are like jewels, The work of a master’s hand. Your navel is like a round goblet— Let mixed wine not be lacking!— Your belly like a heap of wheat Hedged about with lilies. Your breasts are like two fawns, Twins of a gazelle Your neck is like a tower of ivory. (7:2-5 JPS) Your stately form is like the
somehow, the word of Jesus and his disciples spread. Like the proverbial wildfire. From the obscure village of Nazareth, an out-of-the-way backwater, word of Jesus and his disciples made the rounds of the Galilean countryside. In almost no time, Jesus’ fame swept the country and threatened the powerful. “Word of mouth” was all it took. Eventually, the words changed the world. And what fueled that “word of mouth”? For three years, Jesus and the Twelve have been traveling, teaching, healing—and
slaves or rebellion against Rome. Whether the Jewish people of Judea knew of it or not, an uprising of slaves against Rome led by the gladiator-slave Spartacus in 71 BCE had resulted in some six thousand crucifixions, the bodies left to decompose as a grim warning. In Jesus’ own time, in the nearby town of Gamala, an insurrection by Jews had met with a similar Roman response. Jesus’ Crucifixion, according to historical evidence, was typical of Roman executions on the cross. The condemned man was
death in 430, Augustine also writes The City of God (426), which declares that empires like Rome are temporal and the only permanent community is the church. He also states that the purpose of a marriage is procreation. His views, more influential than those of anyone besides Paul, dominate church thinking for the next twelve hundred years. 431 The Council of Ephesus. Recognizing Mary as the Mother of God, the Council begins the spread of the cult of the Virgin. 610 In Arabia, the prophet
Israelites are nearly knee-deep in poultry, which they eat. But just to remind them who is in charge, God sends a plague on the complainers. Aaron and Miriam get in the complaint line too. Miriam, Moses’ sister, who had saved his life as a child and then helped Moses lead the people out of Egypt, and Aaron carp about their baby brother. Why is Moses so special? They consider themselves to be prophets and leaders of the people too. Why does Moses get all the attention from God? It’s sibling