The Bible as Literature

(3853 words)
  • Albert Labriola (Duquesne University )

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 12: Global Voices, Global Histories: World Literatures and Cultures.


The Bible in the West includes the Hebraic and Christian scriptures, respectively the Old and New Testaments. Whereas Jews accept the Old Testament as biblical, Christians broaden that outlook to include both the Old and New Testaments. Accepting the scriptures as the revealed word of the Lord is a matter of faith, and systematic analysis of the scriptures is theological interpretation, which results in a code of beliefs called religion. Adherents to a particular religion generally assemble in a place of worship and participate in liturgies. Although religious readers perceive the scriptures as the revealed word of the Lord, many others view the Bible solely as literature and as a wellspring of m…

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Labriola, Albert. "The Bible as Literature". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 June 2003
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