Augsburg Fortress

The Unfolding Drama of the Bible: Fourth Edition

The Unfolding Drama of the Bible: Fourth Edition

In this concise and accessible volume, newly revised, one of the most revered contemporary biblical theologians introduces the first-time reader to the dramatic sweep of the Bible in eight carefully crafted study sessions, reminding even veteran readers of the Bible's central messages. Study resources and discussion questions, now carefully updated, make this book the ideal resource for introductory Bible courses and adult inquirer classes.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800635602
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 112
  • Publication Date August 15, 2006


"In this new edition, Anderson's readable and perceptive study book provides one of the most accessible brief presentations of what the Bible is about that one will find anywhere."
— Patrick D. Miller, Princeton Theological Seminary

"Clear, accessible, reliable, up to date, and to the point. In a time of enormous biblical illiteracy, there is an acute need for guidance. In much church practice, moreover, there is a tendency to use isolated texts here and there, and so there is need for an overview that shows the whole picture of scripture in a coherent way. This brief articulation of 'the drama' meets those needs admirably."
— Walter Brueggemann, McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus, at Columbia Theological Seminary

"Anderson's presentation of the Bible's dramatic movement from creation to consummation continues to be pertinent and timely. This carefully revised fourth edition contains updated bibliographies and study questions that enhance its appeal for adult Bible studies and college courses. Of greatest value, though, remains Anderson's own passionate engagement with Scripture and its drama. He claims that 'one should be a poet to understand the Bible,' and he writes with a compelling poetic grace...."
— Ben C. Ollenburger, Professor of Biblical Theology, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Table of Contents

Preface to the Fourth Edition
Introducing the Bible Study

Prologue: In the Beginning
A Way into the Future
The Discipline of Disaster
The New Exodus
The People of the Torah
Victory through Defeat
The Church in the World
Epilogue: In the End

Suggestions for Bible Study Leaders
Reading the Bible in the Twenty-First Century
About the Author