"Bible" as used in the title of this book refers to the Bibles used by mainstream American Jews, Roman Catholics and Protestants. This book deals with the books of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, including those of the Apocrypha. This is a study of the people who wrote the books of the Bible and of the historical, political and social settings in which they wrote and of the factors that caused the authors to write. The search for the authors and what motivated them to write takes the readers into the origins of the stories that make up a large part of the Bible. While many popular and scholarly books have been written about the authorship of specific books of the Bible, this is the only book known to the author that deals with all of the books of the Bible in less than several volumes. It is in laymen's language with footnotes suggesting where readers can find further information for expanded study. Where scholars have offered differing views of biblical matters that affect the determination of authorship, this book presents the various views - in laymen's language. Because many of the authors of the books of the Bible wrote in response to the social and political situations in which they lived, this book looks into those situations. For example: The exile of the Hebrews of Judah to Babylon set the stage for the collection and editing of what became the first books of the Old Testament. The person or team who did that work did so as preparation for taking "the law" back to Judah and Jerusalem. In a not-too-dissimilar fashion, the political and social climate of the Roman Empire in the first three centuries A.D. caused Christians to gather and worship in secret, isolated groups. That led to the development of aberrant local doctrines, such as Gnosticism. That in turn contributed to the flow of correspondence between Christians. Some of that correspondence became or contributed to the books of the New Testament. Another example: When Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of Rome in A.D. 318, the previously hidden schisms came to the surface. That led to the Council of Nicea and the debate between Arius and Athanasius about the nature of Jesus and to the writing of the Nicene Creed stating belief in Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Those events helped to set the tone for at least some of the books of the New Testament. It is all there in laymen's language. Read, learn and enjoy! C. Jack Trickler
So you want to be a villain? You know being a villain isn't all fun-filled romps in dank, lightless tombs, incendiary encounters with intellectually stunted heroes, joyously crushing the hopes and dreams of unsuspecting innocents, accumulating vast hordes of ill-gotten wealth, and advancing your agenda on a world unappreciative of your greatness? (1) You really want to be hunted by unethical vigilantes(2), chased by grown adults wearing skintight suits, ostracized from (in)decent society, forced to forge ahead in a universe largely against your relentless pursuit of self-interest, and relegated to a life of bad hygiene and poor fashion choices? Have you considered another career? Ever? If not, then villainy is for you and Nemesis - A Good Guide for Bad Guys is the manual you'll live(3) by! Nemesis - A Good Guide for Bad Guys provides a wealth of information you do not wish to have on becoming a villain and succeeding in the kingdom of evil. With illuminating topics ranging from The Villainy of Villainy, On Accepting Advice and Recognizing Terrible Ideas, How to Keep Your Secret Plans Secret, Horrible Haircuts, The Humility of Arrogance, The Good Guys Don't Always Win, and Happily Never After, Nemesis - A Good Guide for Bad Guys has more information than you can hope to want on being a villain. (4) If, on the assuredly infinitesimal possibility you have not yet come to your senses about becoming a villain, then Nemesis - A Good Guide for Bad Guys will be your highly impractical pragmatic guide to commencing upon the often volatile, failure-laden, frustrating, dangerous, and short-lived career of the evildoer, archrival, supervillain, antihero, fell overlord, or nemesis. (5) Read this if you value your life: 1.Ok, maybe it is. 2.Probably your extended family. 3.Or die. 4.Only a minute portion actually being practical. 5.You have been warned.
See. Eat. Sleep. Enjoy. A 72-Hour Guide to Milan, Italy.City breaks are perfect for those long weekends away. You go to a city and you've got only a short amount of time to see the sights, there's no time to get distracted.But what if you don't know exactly what to do and see? Which places to eat at? When the best time is to visit? Milan is renowned as one of Italy's (or the world for that matter) most fashionable cities -but beneath its cool exterior is a wealth of historic and artistic masterpieces, including the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, the Last Supper painting, and the famous La Scala Opera House. Travelers to Milan will find a fast-paced, glamorous city with a thriving cultural scene and an unapologetic love of shopping. An exciting blend of fashion, culture and architecture, Milan has much to offer any one who decides to visit this vibrant metropolis.Inside3 Day Guide to Milan: A 72-hour definitive guide on what to see, eat and enjoy in Milan, Italy:
A new fun format for Quarry's best-selling 20 Ways to Draw a Cat and 44 Other Awesome Animals, this cute chunky volume features 500 inspirational illustrations in a perfect small size for drawing on the go! From cats, songbirds, and elephants to rabbits, rhinos, and hedgehogs, Draw 500 Awesome Animals is perfect for illustrators, cartoonists, doodlers, and anyone who loves to sketch.`
A Guided Reader to Early Years and Primary English draws on extracts from the published work of some of the most influential education writers to provide insight, guidance and clarity about key issues affecting early years practitioners and primary English teachers.
The book brings together key extracts from classic and contemporary writing and contextualises these in both theoretical and practical terms. The extracts are accompanied by a summary of the key ideas and issues raised, questions to promote discussion and reflective practice, and annotated further reading lists to extend thinking.
Taking a thematic approach and including a short introduction to each theme, the chapters cover:
Aimed at trainee and newly qualified teachers, those working towards Masters level qualifications and all those involved in the teaching of early years and primary English, this accessible, but critically provocative text will be an essential resource for those that wish to deepen their understanding of early years and primary English education.
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