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How to Read the Bible

Kugel's talk takes the audience on a tour through the Hebrew Bible based on an introductory course he taught at Harvard University for more than 20 years. His first aim is to acquaint listeners with the contents of the Bible itself, and he points out that by the end of his introduction, readers will have met all the major biblical figures: Abraham and Sarah, Moses, Miriam, Aaron, and Solomon, to name just a few. The talk also touches on some the major events, from the story of Adam and Eve to the Exodus from Egypt, the Babylonian exile, and Israel's eventual return to its homeland. The talk not only focuses on what the Biblical text says but on the larger question of what a modern reader is to make of it.

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Kugel, James L.

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