Guide to the Bible

The Hebrew Scriptures (or Old Testament), Selected Apocryphal Books, The New Testament

By Saul Levin

Subjects: Bible Studies, Religion, Old Testament, Christianity
Imprint: Distribution Partners
Paperback : 9781586842765, 592 pages, January 1998

Table of contents

1. The Bible as National and World Literature
2. The Hebrew Word for God

3. The First Chapters of Genesis
4. The Patriarchs in Genesis
5. Diverse Material Unified in Genesis and Exodus
6. The Origin of the Term Bible

7. Exodus: Moses the Liberator
8. Exodus: Moses the Lawgiver
9. Leviticus
10. The War Books: Numbers
11. Deuteronomy
12. Joshua
13. Judges
14. The Book of Samuel
15. Early Hebrew Poetry
16. Kings
17. Prophecy as a Literary Form: The Book of Isaiah
18. Jeremiah
19. Ezekiel
20. “The Twelve”
21. Canonization of Inherited Books
22.   The Pastoral Image
23. Biblical Short Stories: Ruth and Esther
24. Chronicles
25. The Psalms
26. Job
27. The Book of Proverbs
28. Ecclesiastes
29. The Song of Songs
30. Lamentations
31. The Book of Ezra (including Nehemiah)
32. Daniel
33. The Apocryphal Books, especially Susanna and Judith
34. Tobit
35. The First Book of Maccabees
36. The Gospel Narratives
37. The Parables of Jesus
38. The Anointed
39. The Gospel According to John
40. The Acts of the Apostles
41. The Major Pauline Epistles: Content and Form
42. The Shorter Pauline Epistles
43. The Epistle to the Hebrews
44. The “Catholic” Epistles
45. Eschatology in the Apocalypse and Other Books
46. The Canonical Authors of the New Testament
Appendix: The Common Ground of All Bible Readers
Key to the Hebrew Alphabet and Supplementary Marks
Key to the Greek Alphabet and Supplementary Marks
Photographic Credits

An accessible introduction to the Bible.


Guide to the Bible grew out of a course Saul Levin taught for many years on the Bible as literature. Designed as an accessible introduction to the Bible for nonspecialists, this work helps readers to understand ancient scripture as its authors intended. By elucidating the cultural context of the ancient world, Levin guides readers to an enriched appreciation of the Bible and its vision of the divine and of the world.

Saul Levin is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Binghamton University, State University of New York, and an internationally renowned scholar of ancient languages. He received his B. A. and Ph. D. from the University of Chicago. After teaching at the University of Chicago and Washington University, he joined the faculty at Binghamton University in 1961. With expertise in classical Greek, biblical Hebrew, Latin, and many other languages, Professor Levin is the author of numerous pioneering books and articles in the areas of historical linguistics and biblical studies. In particular, he has explored the connections between ancient Hebrew and classical Greek cultures. Saul Levin and his wife of nearly 60 years, Ruth, have six grown children and six grandchildren.