The Old Testament: An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

Paperback | September 11, 2007

byStephen Harris, Robert Platzner

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Designed for students undertaking their first systematic study of the Hebrew Bible, this text has two goals: to acquaint readers with the content and major themes of the biblical documents, and to introduce them to issues in biblical scholarship. Pedagogically rich and reader-friendly, this text was designed for conventional introductory courses using historical-critical methodology, and will also be useful in courses studying the Bible as literature, or as a reference text in the study of ancient religion.

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Designed for students undertaking their first systematic study of the Hebrew Bible, this text has two goals: to acquaint readers with the content and major themes of the biblical documents, and to introduce them to issues in biblical scholarship. Pedagogically rich and reader-friendly, this text was designed for conventional introduct...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9.1 × 7.3 × 0.8 inPublished:September 11, 2007Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: The Hebrew Bible: An Overview

1. The Hebrew Bible: A Composite Portrait of God and the Divine-Human Relationship

2. The Process of Formation: The Transmission, Canonization, and Translation of the Hebrew Bible

Part II: The Biblical World: Culture and Religion

3. The Ancient Near East: The Environment that Produced the Bible

4. The Land and Archaeology of Ancient Israel: Historical Origins of the Covenant People

5. The God of Israel: An Evolving Portrait

Part III: The Torah

6. Who Wrote the "Books of Moses"?

7. The Five Books of Torah (Divine Instruction)

8. In the Beginning: The Book of Genesis

9. Freedom and Responsibility: The Book of Exodus

10. Regulating the Divine-Human Bond: The Books of Leviticus and Numbers

11. A Mosaic Legacy: The Book of Deuteronomy

Part IV: The Prophets (Nevi'im) I

12. Introduction to the Deuteronomistic History

13. The Book of Joshua

14. YHWH's Warriors: The Book of Judges

15. The Birth of the Monarchy: The Books of 1 and 2 Samuel

16. Parallel Stories of Israel and Judah: The Books of 1 and 2 Kings

Part V: The Prophets (Nevi'im) II

17. The Nature and Function of Israelite Prophecy: Spokespersons for God

18. Prophets to the Northern Kingdom: The Books of Amos and Hosea

19. The Assyrian Crisis: Isaiah of Jerusalem, Micah, Zephaniah, and Nahum

20. The Babylonian Threat: The Books of Jeremiah, Habakkuk, and Obadiah

21. Prophets in Exile: The Book of Ezekiel and Second Isaiah

22. After the Exile: Israel's Last Prophets--Haggai, Zechariah, Third Isaiah, Joel, Malachi, and Jonah

Part VI: The Writings (Kethuvim)

23. Introduction to the Writings: Reevaluating Israel's Life with God

24. The Postexilic Readjustment: The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah

25. Worshiping at the Second Temple: Hebrew Poetry and the Book of Psalms

26. Israel's Wisdom Writers: The Books of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes

27. Four Books of the Megillot (Festival Scrolls): Ruth, Lamentations, Songs of Songs, and Esther

28. Reinterpreting Israel's History: The Books of 1 and 2 Chronicles

29. Keeping Torah in a Hostile World: The Diaspora, the Maccabean Revolt, Apocalyptism, and the Visions of Daniel

Part VII: Additions to the Hebrew Bible: The Deuterocanonical and Extracanonical Books

30. The "Second Canon": Books of the Apocrypha

31. The Pseudepigrapha: Noncanonical Writings of the Late Biblical Period

32. From the Maccabees to Jesus of Nazareth: Victory, Defeat, and teh Emergence of Postbiblical Judaism and Early Christianity

Glossary of Major Old Testament Characters, Terms, and Concepts

Selected Bibliography

Credits

Index