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CHARACTERS Ø PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Karen Armstrong

REVIEW The Bible A Biography Books That Changed the World CHARACTERS Ø PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Karen Armstrong Karen Armstrong ↠ 6 CHARACTERS As the work at the heart of Christianity the Bible is the spiritual guide for one out of every three people in the world It is also the world’s most widely distributed book translated into over two thousand languages and the world’s best selling book year after year But the Bible is a complex work with a complicated and obscure history Made up of sixty six “books” written by various authors and divided into. On Reading The Holy Texts A PleaThe basic historical account of Armstrong s fits nicely with the Aslan take and also elaborates it for the reader both into the pre christian past dealing with the consolidation of the old testament and the post christo development of the holy texts In addition this account gives a less detailed and yet comprehensive picture of this whole undertaking it shows that Aslan might have tried to wind up his popular history too fast and slacked on the details towards the end of his book and attributed most of the blame to Paul in the reinterpretation Armstrong shows how this too was a much collaborative and extensive project and not a one shot wonder or a singular turning point as Aslan dramatically portrays In fact most of modern christianity seems to have crystallized much later according to Armstrong s account One thing that stands out even is that while Azlan focused almost with zealous enthusiasm on the fact that the early christians were reinterpreting the Jewish scriptures he leaves out the fact that these Jewish scriptures were themselves the result of continuous reinterpretation across the centuries The Christians were only carrying forward that tradition as did the post jerusalem jews who developed it into the Torah culture The continuing tension between those who wished to see a strict historical truth in the holy texts and those who sought some mystical meaning through allegory is the real story of the Bible as of most religious texts An exclusively literal interpretation of the Bible as of other religious document is a recent and uite anti religious development as most religious scholars of the past would attestArmstrong traces two parallel stories one kickstarting only later of course the one of the Jews and the other of the Christians swiveling around the two pivotal points of the destruction of the temple in the 6th century BCE and the even devastating destruction of Herod s great temple in 70 CE Both setting in motion the contrasting and inverted paths from meekness to militant apocalyptic worship and vice versa told with fine dramatic flourishIn the end the central message of Armstrong s book is that both these religions especially Christianity has evolved by continuous reinterpretation of the texts This is what has allowed them to survive and adapt so much Armstrong says that almost all religions of the world ask us to see the holy text with the light of compassion and then use them to guide our lives and to be truly religious that is what we should do not stick to artificial textual readings of a text that was never there to begin with So unlike many scholarly attacks on Christianity and the historicity of the Bible Armstrong does the same but from a deeply religious vantage point one of saying that love your Bibles but also trust your holy texts enough to let them be your companions instead of your masters The Bible she says was always interpreted in this spirit of allegoria one of mystical and spiritual interoperation and Armstrong asks us to do the same instead of rejecting these holy texts or accepting them too literally Only then we would be in the same path along with the greatest exegetes of the past like Philo Jesus etcIn our dangerously polarized world this spirit is even important especially when dealing with the holy texts of other cultures When you meet an alien culture and their holy texts we should approach with the suspicion of truth not of hostility This is Armstrong s plea to us The book is not particularly remarkable being neither engrossing nor greatly educational but the message is a valid oneThe Bible and the other holy texts are today in danger of becoming either dead letters or toxic arsenals There is an urgent need for a compassionate hermeneutics in our approach to religions eschewing both extremes of outright rejection and blind compliance The solution might be to recapture the spirit of the early religious scholars and mystics Snake Charmer up of sixty six “books” written by various authors and divided into. On Reading The Holy Texts A PleaThe basic historical account of Armstrong s fits nicely with the Aslan take and also elaborates it for the reader both into the pre christian past dealing with the consolidation of the old testament and the post christo development of the holy texts In addition this account gives a less detailed and yet comprehensive picture of this whole Selected Poems undertaking it shows that Aslan might have tried to wind Degas and the Little Dancer A story about Edgar Degas up his popular history too fast and slacked on the details towards the end of his book and attributed most of the blame to Paul in the reinterpretation Armstrong shows how this too was a much collaborative and extensive project and not a one shot wonder or a singular turning point as Aslan dramatically portrays In fact most of modern christianity seems to have crystallized much later according to Armstrong s account One thing that stands out even is that while Azlan focused almost with zealous enthusiasm on the fact that the early christians were reinterpreting the Jewish scriptures he leaves out the fact that these Jewish scriptures were themselves the result of continuous reinterpretation across the centuries The Christians were only carrying forward that tradition as did the post jerusalem jews who developed it into the Torah culture The continuing tension between those who wished to see a strict historical truth in the holy texts and those who sought some mystical meaning through allegory is the real story of the Bible as of most religious texts An exclusively literal interpretation of the Bible as of other religious document is a recent and Takeout Menu Organizer uite anti religious development as most religious scholars of the past would attestArmstrong traces two parallel stories one kickstarting only later of course the one of the Jews and the other of the Christians swiveling around the two pivotal points of the destruction of the temple in the 6th century BCE and the even devastating destruction of Herod s great temple in 70 CE Both setting in motion the contrasting and inverted paths from meekness to militant apocalyptic worship and vice versa told with fine dramatic flourishIn the end the central message of Armstrong s book is that both these religions especially Christianity has evolved by continuous reinterpretation of the texts This is what has allowed them to survive and adapt so much Armstrong says that almost all religions of the world ask Secrets from the Grave St Martin's True Crime Library us to see the holy text with the light of compassion and then Færeyinga Saga Íslensk úrvalsrit 13 use them to guide our lives and to be truly religious that is what we should do not stick to artificial textual readings of a text that was never there to begin with So Begin Again Now unlike many scholarly attacks on Christianity and the historicity of the Bible Armstrong does the same but from a deeply religious vantage point one of saying that love your Bibles but also trust your holy texts enough to let them be your companions instead of your masters The Bible she says was always interpreted in this spirit of allegoria one of mystical and spiritual interoperation and Armstrong asks The European Guilds us to do the same instead of rejecting these holy texts or accepting them too literally Only then we would be in the same path along with the greatest exegetes of the past like Philo Jesus etcIn our dangerously polarized world this spirit is even important especially when dealing with the holy texts of other cultures When you meet an alien culture and their holy texts we should approach with the suspicion of truth not of hostility This is Armstrong s plea to Destiny us The book is not particularly remarkable being neither engrossing nor greatly educational but the message is a valid oneThe Bible and the other holy texts are today in danger of becoming either dead letters or toxic arsenals There is an Let the Storm Break urgent need for a compassionate hermeneutics in our approach to religions eschewing both extremes of outright rejection and blind compliance The solution might be to recapture the spirit of the early religious scholars and mystics

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REVIEW The Bible A Biography Books That Changed the World CHARACTERS Ø PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Karen Armstrong Karen Armstrong ↠ 6 CHARACTERS Two testaments its contents have changed over the centuries The Bible has been transformed by translation and through interpretation has developed manifold meanings to various religions denominations and sects In this seminal account acclaimed historian Karen Armstrong discusses the conception gestation and life of history’s most powerful book Armstrong analyzes the social and political situation in which oral h. I bought this on a whim in the bookstore at O Hare and read much of it on the plane I thought it was a very good summary of the history of the Bible from origins in oral tradition to contemporary phenomena such as a literal reading It was particularly good on outlining the differences in approach in Jewish and Christian traditions As in her other books Armstrong strikes a nice balance between critical analysis and broad understanding of the non rational aspects of religious thought and tradition It also did a good job of discussing the widely diverse ways in which the Bible has been interpreted over time based on the issues and dynamics of the time Philosophical Papers understanding of the non rational aspects of religious thought and tradition It also did a good job of discussing the widely diverse ways in which the Bible has been interpreted over time based on the issues and dynamics of the time

CHARACTERS Ø PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Karen Armstrong

REVIEW The Bible A Biography Books That Changed the World CHARACTERS Ø PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Karen Armstrong Karen Armstrong ↠ 6 CHARACTERS Istory turned into written scripture how this all pervasive scripture was collected into one work and how it became accepted as Christianity’s sacred text She explores how scripture came to be read for information and how in the nineteenth century historical criticism of the Bible caused greater fear than Darwinism This is a brilliant captivating book crucial in an age of declining faith and rising fundamentalism. Like everything that Karen Armstrong touches this work is exhaustive and erudite and wonderful It does not summarize what is in the Bible but rather is a broad scope history of how the Bible was written and how it has been interpreted unto the present day The treatment supports Armstrong s general theme that world religions do not offer a body of beliefs to be factually evaluated but rather a way of life a spiritual discipline including rites and rituals which can only be evaluated by being lived outThe history of how the Tanakh or Old Testament was written had some surprises for me For example I knew that in Genesis scholars had discerned at least two distinct authors the Yahwist and the Elohimist based on the names Yahway and Elohim used for God The Yahwist famously portrayed God in highly personal terms as walking in the Garden of Eden with Adam and as being a guest in the tents of Abraham while the Elohimist portrayed God in transcendent terms What I didn t know was that these two authors probably comprised the respective literatures of the ancient Hebrew kingdoms of Israel and Judah The points of view were collated into one after the Assyrian defeat of Israel in 722 BCE when the refugees fled to JudahEual attention is given to early Christianity and to Pharisaical Judaism the two largest competing branches of Judaism at the time of the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE Judaism and Christianity needed very different survival techniues and took very different forms in order to cope with the power of the Roman EmpireThe history continues with a discussion of how the Bible was interpreted by both Jewish and Christian traditions in the last two millennia There is far too much information to summarize but one conseuence of the discussion is to show that the contemporary reflex to evaluate the Bible as either factually true or factually false leaves out a lot of possibilities for how the Bible has actually been regarded and used Talmudic scholars sometimes regarded the inspirational experience derived from interpretation as important than the original meaning Christian writers and interpreters of the New Testament often took the Tanakh to be referencing the yet to be born Jesus More commonly scholars have regarded the Bible as the history of a faith community whose general conclusions are relative to a particular time and place And many commentators both Jewish and Christian have argued that an interpretation should be judged in terms of whether it increases compassion in the world Philosophical Papers unto the present day The treatment supports Armstrong s general theme that world religions do not offer a body of beliefs to be factually evaluated but rather a way of life a spiritual discipline including rites and rituals which can only be evaluated by being lived outThe history of how the Tanakh or Old Testament was written had some surprises for me For example I knew that in Genesis scholars had discerned at least two distinct authors the Yahwist and the Elohimist based on the names Yahway and Elohim A star to steer her by used for God The Yahwist famously portrayed God in highly personal terms as walking in the Garden of Eden with Adam and as being a guest in the tents of Abraham while the Elohimist portrayed God in transcendent terms What I didn t know was that these two authors probably comprised the respective literatures of the ancient Hebrew kingdoms of Israel and Judah The points of view were collated into one after the Assyrian defeat of Israel in 722 BCE when the refugees fled to JudahEual attention is given to early Christianity and to Pharisaical Judaism the two largest competing branches of Judaism at the time of the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE Judaism and Christianity needed very different survival techniues and took very different forms in order to cope with the power of the Roman EmpireThe history continues with a discussion of how the Bible was interpreted by both Jewish and Christian traditions in the last two millennia There is far too much information to summarize but one conseuence of the discussion is to show that the contemporary reflex to evaluate the Bible as either factually true or factually false leaves out a lot of possibilities for how the Bible has actually been regarded and Double Doms: A Romance Compilation used Talmudic scholars sometimes regarded the inspirational experience derived from interpretation as important than the original meaning Christian writers and interpreters of the New Testament often took the Tanakh to be referencing the yet to be born Jesus More commonly scholars have regarded the Bible as the history of a faith community whose general conclusions are relative to a particular time and place And many commentators both Jewish and Christian have argued that an interpretation should be judged in terms of whether it increases compassion in the world


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  1. says: The Bible A Biography Books That Changed the World (READ) Karen Armstrong ↠ 6 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS Ø PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Karen Armstrong

    The Bible A Biography Books That Changed the World (READ) Karen Armstrong ↠ 6 CHARACTERS On Reading The Holy Texts A PleaThe basic historical account of Armstrong’s fits nicely with the Aslan take and also elab

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    Karen Armstrong ↠ 6 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS Ø PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Karen Armstrong The Bible A Biography Books That Changed the World (READ) I really wanted to learn something from this book But my problem is – how do I know what I've learned? Armstrong presents many controversial

  3. says: The Bible A Biography Books That Changed the World (READ) Karen Armstrong ↠ 6 CHARACTERS REVIEW The Bible A Biography Books That Changed the World

    The Bible A Biography Books That Changed the World (READ) This book is a 120 mph speed race through what? I guess how people have approached the Bible over the past couple of thousand years

  4. says: The Bible A Biography Books That Changed the World (READ) Karen Armstrong ↠ 6 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS Ø PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Karen Armstrong

    The Bible A Biography Books That Changed the World (READ) DNF pg 170 something which is way too late in this book where at least the last uarter is but references and glossary It really started out interesting or maybe not interesting as much as bewildering This always happens to me when I try to read anything on the subject I end up in a confused state over how so many have t

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    REVIEW The Bible A Biography Books That Changed the World The Bible A Biography Books That Changed the World (READ) CHARACTERS Ø PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Karen Armstrong It is astonishing how much history Armstrong packs into a small space While I am sure she knows her stuff the brevity of coverage makes it impossible to independently evaluate her statements For example was Augustine's theory of original sin really inspired by the sacking of Rome? My other complaint is a weakness of my own mind than of Armstrong's writing I believe that approximately two weeks from now I will not be able to reme

  6. says: REVIEW The Bible A Biography Books That Changed the World The Bible A Biography Books That Changed the World (READ) CHARACTERS Ø PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Karen Armstrong

    The Bible A Biography Books That Changed the World (READ) CHARACTERS Ø PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Karen Armstrong Karen Armstrong ↠ 6 CHARACTERS I bought this on a whim in the bookstore at O'Hare and read much of it on the plane I thought it was a very good summary of the history of the Bible from origins in oral tradition to contemporary phenomena such as a literal reading It was particularly good on outlining the differences in approach in Jewish and Christian traditions As in her other books Armstrong strikes a nice balance between critical analysis and broad

  7. says: REVIEW The Bible A Biography Books That Changed the World The Bible A Biography Books That Changed the World (READ) Karen Armstrong ↠ 6 CHARACTERS

    The Bible A Biography Books That Changed the World (READ) Like everything that Karen Armstrong touches this work is exhaustive and erudite and wonderful It does not summarize what is in the Bible but rather is a broad scope history of how the Bible was written and how i

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    The Bible A Biography Books That Changed the World (READ) Karan Armstrong not only uickly did an overview of the development of bible from a highly skeptical secular perspective but also touched on Ch

  9. says: Karen Armstrong ↠ 6 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS Ø PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Karen Armstrong REVIEW The Bible A Biography Books That Changed the World

    The Bible A Biography Books That Changed the World (READ) Karen Armstrong is among my top five religion scholars and also probably my top five former nuns She does a good job of making complicated history and theory comprehensible At least one chapter of The Bible a Biography pretty well sum

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    The Bible A Biography Books That Changed the World (READ) CHARACTERS Ø PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Karen Armstrong This book a biography of the Bible is very informative and it covers from the beginning of the Old Testament to the present

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  • Hardcover
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  • The Bible A Biography Books That Changed the World
  • Karen Armstrong
  • English
  • 06 July 2020
  • 9780871139696