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The Bible in History: How the Texts Have Shaped the Times

David W. Kling


This book examines the dynamic interplay between scripture and society. Kling traces the story of how specific biblical texts have at different times emerged to be the inspiration of movements that have changed the course of history. He selects eight specific texts (sometimes a single verse, other times a selection of verses or chapters, even books) and demonstrates how each shaped the direction of Christian history. These texts include the story of the rich young ruler (Matthew 19: 16–22) as an inspiration for Anthony and the beginnings of monasticism; the “Petrine text” (Matthew 16:18) as th ... More

Keywords: Anthony, monasticism, papacy, Bernard of Clairvaux, Song of Songs, Anabaptists, pacifism, exodus, women’s ordination, Martin Luther, Pentecostalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195130089
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195130081.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David W. Kling, author
University of Miami
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