|Occidental culture is inconceivable without the
Bible. It has left its mark on history and displays its power
Opening the Bible and starting to read it is like
entering a library of almost 70 books. The texts it contains
range from the mythical to the historical, from the epic to the
lyrical, from the tender to the violent, conforming to the creed
and liturgical, the disbelieving and the visionary in harmonious
juxtaposition. Not all of this is immediately comprehensible to
us in today’s world. The cultural gap is too great.
Internationally acknowledged specialists introduce us to the
world and environment of the Bible in detailed contributions.
These range from archaeology through to political theology, from
the ecumenical to a dialogue about the various religions.
Critical viewpoints are also included, such as a look into the
history of proselytisation or a one-sided religious inwardness.
The individual topics are illustrated with more than 400