Designed for those readers who have had little or no exposure to the academic study of the Bible, this volume is a journey into "three worlds" found in the Bible. An Introduction to the Bible explores the literary world(s) of the Biblical text, the historical world out of which the Bible emerged, and the contemporary world in which we read and try to understand the Bible. Drawing on their vast teaching experience, the authors examine the contemporary relevance and impact of the Bible through questions at the end of each chapter. In addition, the book features a full chapter on Jewish life and literature between the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and the New Testament, including the Deuterocanon, and demonstrates the continuing role of the Bible in religion, politics, art, literature, and music. New to this edition: NEWan annotated list of movies and documentary films related to the Bible, including information on how to obtain them for classroom use. NEWdiscussion of recent controversies over interpretation of the Bible by modern artists and the growing influence of the Bible in American popular culture, including television. NEWcommentary on the role of the Bible in the recent flurry of speculation on the possible relationship between the beginning of a new millennium and the end of history. NEWsuggested readings from the Bible and discussion questions related to such contemporary ethical issues as homosexuality. NEWinclusion of internet sites for biblical research in an updated and expanded annotated bibliography. UPDATEDdiscussion of recent developments in biblical scholarship on topics such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, archaeology and the Bible, Noah's flood, and the historical Jesus.Hauer, Christian E. is the author of 'Introduction to the Bible A Journey into Three Worlds', published 2000 under ISBN 9780130316783 and ISBN 0130316784.