Augsburg Fortress

Introducing the Bible: Second Edition

Introducing the Bible: Second Edition

John Drane's survey provides an engaging general introduction to the persons, events, and cultural contexts of the Bible. Arranged historically, Drane's text takes readers through the Bible with numerous special articles that highlight historical and interpretative controversies that figure significantly in contemporary scholarship. This leading introductory textbook provides students with an accessible and critical understanding of biblical literature. Revisions to the second edition include:
  • Rich, full-color interior design
  • Chapter openers listing overarching themes
  • New glossary
  • Additional materials for instructors and students at
  • In stock, item will be discontinued when sold out


  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800698409
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 7.5 x 9.25
  • Pages 736
  • Textbook Survey Texts
  • Publication Date November 1, 2011


"This richly illustrated introduction to the Christian Bible will serve many colleges, universities, and seminaries well, especially those with a two–semester sequence. It attends to historical and social contexts, recent archeological discoveries, and current scholarship both in the text and in well–placed sidebars. Drane presents a wide range of interpretations of key issues and questions, tending toward the traditional in his own conclusions. Distinct from many introductions, it also includes substantive discussions of theological matters in both testaments. The many illustrations of various periods, geographical settings, artifacts, and manuscripts, in addition to the maps and timelines that complement the text, creating an attractive and engaging presentation."
—Larry Yarbrough
Pardon Tillinghast Professor of Religion
Middlebury College