People of the Book   -     By: David Lyle Jeffrey
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People of the Book

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 1996 / Paperback

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PEOPLE OF THE BOOK has been referred as powerfully concieved and compellingly argued across an impressive range of historical examples. This book seeks to restore Western literary culture to its most sustained fountainhead, the Bible, and by so doing to restore depth and moral autjority to literature itself.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 1996
Dimensions: 6 X 9 X 1 (inches)
ISBN: 0802841775
ISBN-13: 9780802841773

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In this book David Lyle Jeffrey seeks to characterize illustratively the historical commitment of Christianity to the literacy and literature of Western culture. Against postmodernist tendencies to deride the historical commitment to meaning in Western art and literature as a regressive "logocentrism," Jeffrey argues that the biblical tradition-the cultural and literary identity forged among Western Christians by virtue of being a "People of the Book"-has in fact given rise to Western literacy. Jeffrey looks at the Christian "grand narrative" as it is reflected in Western literature, making apt use of the visual arts by incorporating a series of twenty-eight black-and-white illustrations that enrich and fortify the story it tells.

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