“[Cosby] addresses students with a wry, contemporary voice that I believe they will find readable and engaging; and yet, he maintains throughout an informed, academically rigorous tone towards his biblical studies subject matter.”

 

Jan J. Quesada,

Biblical Studies Instructor

Texas Christian University

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 “One of the greatest strengths of the book is its consistency and effectiveness in addressing its intended audience of undergraduate students (the illustrations and contemporary culture references seem particularly aimed at this age group). Yet, I believe the book could serve more advanced or seminary students in some ways as well. It would be a most appropriate adoption for undergraduate biblical literature courses.”

 

Brad E. Kelle,

Associate Professor of Old Testament

Point Loma Nazarene University

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“The use of a more casual writing style in many passages is an interesting approach for a textbook. I think many students would find it more engaging than a more scholarly style and possibly a less threatening way to introduce new (and possibly uncomfortable) concepts.”

 

Cynthia D. Chambers,

Associate Professor

St. John’s University

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What students say: "Cosby's explanations of the history and culture of biblical times have helped me to understand a lot of Bible stories that made no sense to me before." -- a junior in a Bible survey class “[Cosby] is an excellent writer. He is clearly aiming the text as beginners. The language level is appropriate for undergraduates. It speaks to postmodern students in terms that they relate to. It is the only textbook I have seen that sends the reader to the internet for further information.”

 

Vincent Medina,

Associate Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew

Central Bible College

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“I have had the advantage of actually using some preliminary chapters with my students for several semesters… After using [Cosby’s] approach, I found that students were better able to deal with the narrative characteristics of the Genesis 1–11 material with less stress and more attention to the theological elements.”

 

Mary Ann Stachow

Assistant Professor of Theology

Xavier University of Louisiana

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"Cosby has been able to combine 'critical' scholarship and a sensitivity with faith-based readings of the Bible. Add to that the illustrations, which are situated so that they both add to the discussion and are veritable eye candy, and the result is the strongest one-volume introduction to biblical studies I have read."

 

Robert D. Holmstedt,

Professor of Biblical Hebrew and Northwest Semitic Languages,

Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations,

The University of Toronto

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