A Brief Introduction to the Old Testament: The Hebrew Bible in Its Context

Paperback | September 15, 2015

byMichael D. Coogan

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Engaging and accessible to students from all backgrounds, A Brief Introduction to the Old Testament is an updated and concise version of Michael D. Coogan's best-selling The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures (OUP 2013). Incorporating historical andcritical methodology, students will be introduced to literary analysis and other interpretive strategies as they explore the Old Testament.Providing a nondenominational and nondoctrinal treatment, this text offers a unique and captivating introduction to the Hebrew scriptures themselves and to how they have been--and can be--interpreted.

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Engaging and accessible to students from all backgrounds, A Brief Introduction to the Old Testament is an updated and concise version of Michael D. Coogan's best-selling The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures (OUP 2013). Incorporating historical andcritical methodology, students will be intr...

Michael D. Coogan is Lecturer on Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at the Harvard Divinity School and the Director of Publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum. He is the author of The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, Third Edition (OUP, 2013), A Reader of Ancient Near Eastern Texts (2012), and...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.21 × 7.52 × 0.71 inPublished:September 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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*=New to this EditionPrefaceAbbreviationsCreditsPART ONE. INTRODUCTORY1. WHAT IS THE OLD TESTAMENT?Box 1.1 Chapter and VerseThe Jewish Canon* Box 1.2 The Dead Sea ScrollsThe Christian Canons* The Study of the BibleBox 1.3 The Canons of the Hebrew Bible/Old TestamentA Look Back and Ahead2. THE PROMISED LAND: GEOGRAPHY, HISTORY, AND IMPORTANCEGeographyHistoryBox 2.1 TimelineImportanceA Look Back and AheadPART TWO. COSMIC ORIGINS3. CREATIONS Genesis 1-3The Book of GenesisGenesis 1 and the SabbathBox 3.1 Genesis and ScienceBox 3.2 The Sabbath in Jewish and Christian TraditionBox 3.3 Myth and the BibleThe Second Account of Creation (Gen 2.4B-3.24)Box 3.4 "God" and "The Lord (God)"Box 3.5 The Garden of EdenBox 3.6 Adam and Eve in Jewish and Christian TraditionA Look Back and Ahead4. THE FORMATION OF THE PENTATEUCH AND THE PRIMEVAL HISTORY Genesis 4-11The Traditional ViewThe Development of Modern InterpretationA Summary of the Documentary HypothesisThe Formation of the PentateuchChallenges to the Documentary HypothesisOther Strategies for Interpreting the PentateuchPrimeval HistoryJ (the Yahwist Source)Box 4.1 Cain and AbelBox 4.2 Noah's DrunkennessBox 4.3 The Sons of GodBox 4.4 The Tower of BabelBox 4.5 The Table of NationsP (the Priestly Source)The FloodBox 4.6 The Documentary Hypothesis at WorkA Look Back and AheadPART THREE. NATIONAL ORIGINS5. THE ANCESTORS OF ISRAEL Genesis 12-50The Nature of the NarrativesBox 5.1 Abram and Abraham, Sarai and SarahSource CriticismForm CriticismBox 5.2 The Binding of IsaacBox 5.3 CircumcisionAncient Near Eastern ParallelsBox 5.4 The Ugaritic TextsThe Joseph NarrativeThe Ancestors of IsraelBox 5.5 Abraham, Father of BelieversHistory and the Ancestors of IsraelThe Religion of the AncestorsA Look Back and Ahead6. ESCAPE FROM EGYPT Exodus 1-15The Book of ExodusExodus 1-15Box 6.1 Legends of RescueBox 6.2 The Divine Name YahwehBox 6.3 The Hardening of Pharaoh's HeartBox 6.4 The Development of the Passover CelebrationThe Exodus and History* The Date of the ExodusThe Exodus and the History of ReligionsA Look Back and Ahead7. FROM EGYPT TO SINAI Exodus 16-24ItinerariesIncidents on the JourneyBox 7.1 MannaBox 7.2 The Location of SinaiAt SinaiCovenantThe Ten CommandmentsBox 7.3 The Status and Numbering of the Ten CommandmentsThe Ratification of the CovenantA Look Back and Ahead8. LAW, RITUAL, AND HOLINESS Exodus 20.22-23.33 and 25-40 and LeviticusLaw in the Ancient Near EastBox 8.1 Excerpt from the Code of HammurapiThe Covenant Code (Ex 20.22-23.33)The Ark, the Tabernacle, and the Priestly Vestments and OrdinationBox 8.2 "An Eye for an Eye"The Golden CalfBox 8.3 Forty Days and Forty NightsThe Ritual DecalogueSequelBox 8.4 An Ancient Hebrew Agricultural CalendarThe Book of LeviticusSacrifices (Lev 1-7)The Consecration Ceremonies and Their Aftermath (Lev 8-10)Purity and Impurity (Lev 11-15)The Day of Atonement (Lev 16)The Holiness Code (Lev 17-26)Box 8.5 Capital PunishmentWomen in Israelite Ritual and LawThe Ethics of LeviticusA Look Back and Ahead9. IN THE WILDERNESS NumbersThe Book of NumbersPreparations for the JourneyLaw, Ritual, and PurityThe Chronology and Geography of the WanderingsRebellions in the WildernessBox 9.1 MiriamOpposition on the JourneyBox 9.2 Excerpt from the Deir Alla TextsPreparations for the Entry into the LandA Look Back and Ahead10. THE END OF THE JOURNEY TO THE PROMISED LAND DeuteronomyThe Book of DeuteronomyBox 10.1 The ShemaThe Origins of DeuteronomyBox 10.2 The Meanings of "Torah"The Deuteronomic SchoolMoses in the PentateuchA Look Back and Ahead11. JOSHUA AND THE CONQUEST OF THE LAND OF CANAAN JoshuaThe Deuteronomistic HistoryThe Book of JoshuaBox 11.1 Shechem in Biblical TraditionA Look Back and Ahead12. THE EMERGENCE OF ISRAEL IN THE LAND OF CANAAN JudgesThe Book of JudgesBox 12.1 The Judges of Israel in the Book of JudgesBox 12.2 The Moabites and the AmmonitesBox 12.3 The Song of DeborahBox 12.4 The PhilistinesHistory and the Israelite ConfederationA Look Back and AheadPART FOUR. KINGS AND PROPHETS13. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE MONARCHY 1 SamuelThe Books of Samuel1 SamuelBox 13.1 Positive Assessments of SaulHistoryA Look Back and Ahead14. THE REIGN OF DAVID 2 Samuel, 1 Kings 1-22 SamuelBox 14.1 David as PoetBox 14.2 Jerusalem* HistoryA Look Back and Ahead15. THE REIGN OF SOLOMON 1 Kings 1-11 and Psalm 89The Books of Kings1 Kings 1-11Box 15.1 Solomon in Later Traditions* HistoryThe Ideology of the Davidic MonarchyBox 15.2 The Royal Ideology in Later TraditionsA Look Back and Ahead16. THE DIVIDED KINGDOMS OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH FROM THE LATE TENTH TO THE EARLY EIGHTH CENTURIES BCE 1 Kings 12-2 Kings 14 with an Introduction to ProphecyHistoryBox 16.1 Chronology of the Late Tenth to Mid-Eighth Centuries BCEInstitutions and SocietyProphets and ProphecyBox 16.2 Prophets in Later TraditionsThe Legends of Elijah and ElishaBox 16.3 Elijah in Later TraditionsA Look Back and Ahead17. THE NORTHERN KINGDOM OF ISRAEL IN THE EIGHTH CENTURY BCE 2 Kings 14-17, Amos, and HoseaHistoryBox 17.1 Chronology of the Eighth Century BCEProphetic BooksAmosBox 17.2 The Day of the LordHoseaBox 17.3 Prophetic Attacks on RitualsBox 17.4 Marriage in Ancient IsraelA Look Back and Ahead18. THE KINGDOM OF JUDAH IN THE EIGHTH AND EARLY SEVENTH CENTURIES BCE 2 Kings 15-20, 2 Chronicles 29-32, Isaiah 1-39, and MicahHistoryBox 18.1 Chronology of the Eighth and Seventh Centuries BCEIsaiahThe Siege of Jerusalem in 734 BCEBox 18.2 The Identity of ImmanuelThe Assyrian Invasion of Judah in 701 BCEBox 18.3 Sennacherib's Attack on Jerusalem (701 BCE) according to the Assyrian AnnalsBox 18.4 Hezekiah's TunnelMicahA Look Back and Ahead19. JUDAH IN THE SEVENTH AND EARLY SIXTH CENTURIES BCE: THE END OF ASSYRIAN DOMINATION AND THE FALL OF JERUSALEM 2 Kings 21-25, 2 Chronicles 33-36, Zephaniah, Nahum, Habakkuk, and JeremiahHistoryBox 19.1 Chronology of the Seventh and Early Sixth Centuries BCEBox 19.2 Ashurbanipal's LibraryBox 19.3 Megiddo and ArmageddonThe Book of ZephaniahThe Book of NahumThe Book of HabakkukJeremiahBox 19.4 Jeremiah and the Lost ArkBox 19.5 Jeremiah and the History of BookmakingA Look Back and AheadPART FIVE. EXILE AND RETURN20. AFTER THE FALL: JEWS IN JUDAH AND BABYLON Lamentations, Psalm 137, Obadiah, and EzekielHistoryThe Book of LamentationsBox 20.1 Acrostic PoemsThe Judeans in BabyloniaPsalm 137The Book of ObadiahEzekielBox 20.2 Yahweh as Violent HusbandA Look Back and Ahead21. RETURN FROM EXILE Ezra 1-2 and Isaiah 34-35 and 40-55HistoryBox 21.1 Chronology of the Sixth Century BCEThe Priestly Source of the PentateuchThe Exilic Edition of the Deuteronomistic HistoryIsaiah 40-55Box 21.2 The Development of MonotheismBox 21.3 Female Images of GodA Look Back and AheadPART SIX. RECONSTRUCTION, CONSOLIDATION, AND CHALLENGE22. THE RESTORATION: JUDAH IN THE LATE SIXTH AND FIFTH CENTURIES BCE Ezra 3-10, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Isaiah 24-27 and 56-66, Joel, and MalachiHistoryBox 22.1 Chronology of the Mid-Sixth to the Fourth Centuries BCEBox 22.2 AramaicEzra 3-6The Book of HaggaiZechariah 1-8Isaiah 56-66The Books of Ezra and NehemiahBox 22.3 The Elephantine PapyriApocalyptic LiteratureThe "Isaiah Apocalypse" (Isa 24-27)Zechariah 9-14The Book of JoelThe Book of MalachiA Look Back and Ahead23. RETELLING THE STORY 1-2 Chronicles, Psalms, and ProverbsThe Books of ChroniclesBox 23.1 Samaria and the SamaritansThe Book of PsalmsBox 23.2 ParallelismMusic in Ancient IsraelA Look Back and Ahead24. THE WISDOM OF THE SAGES: PRESERVATION AND CHALLENGE Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon with an Introduction to Wisdom Literature* Wisdom Literature* The Book of ProverbsThe Book of JobBox 24.1 The SatanBox 24.2 "I Know that my Redeemer Liveth"Box 24.3 Behemoth and LeviathanBox 24.4 Job's Wife and DaughtersThe Book of EcclesiastesThe Development of Beliefs in Life after Death in Ancient IsraelThe Song of SolomonA Look Back and Ahead25. HEROES IN FOREIGN LANDS: POSTEXILIC LITERATURE AND DIASPORIC IDENTITY (Ruth, Jonah, Esther, and Daniel)The Book of RuthThe Book of JonahThe Book of EstherBox 251 The Festival of PurimThe Book of DanielBox 25.2 Angels and DemonsBox 25.3 "Son of Man"Box 25.4 Outline of the Visions of Successive Kingdoms in the Book of DanielA Look Back and AheadAPPENDIX: THE APOCRYPHAL/DEUTEROCANONICAL BOOKSRevisions of and Additions to Biblical BooksHistoriographic LiteratureHistorical FictionWisdom LiteratureOther CompositionsChronologyGeneral BibliographyGlossaryWeights and MeasuresIndex

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"This is an outstanding textbook. It is clear in its organization, presentation, and prose." --Robert Stoops, Western Washington University