Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible by John H. Walton | 9780801027505 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible

Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible

by John H. Walton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801027500

ISBN-13: 9780801027505

Pub. Date: 11/01/2006

Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

Much of the Old Testament seems strange to contemporary readers. However, as we begin to understand how ancient people viewed the world, the Old Testament becomes more clearly a book that stands within its ancient context as it also speaks against it. John Walton provides here a thoughtful introduction to the conceptual world of the ancient Near East.

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Overview

Much of the Old Testament seems strange to contemporary readers. However, as we begin to understand how ancient people viewed the world, the Old Testament becomes more clearly a book that stands within its ancient context as it also speaks against it. John Walton provides here a thoughtful introduction to the conceptual world of the ancient Near East.

Walton surveys the literature of the ancient Near East and introduces the reader to a variety of beliefs about God, religion, and the world. In helpful sidebars, he provides examples of how such studies can bring insight to the interpretation of specific Old Testament passages. Students and pastors who want to deepen their understanding of the Old Testament will find this a helpful and instructive study.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801027505
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/2006
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
266,543
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Comparative Studies
1. History and Methods
2. Comparative Studies, Scholarship, and Theology
Part 2: Literature of the Ancient Near East
3. Summary of the Literature of the Ancient Near East
Part 3: Religion
4. The Gods
5. Temples and Rituals
6. State and Family Religion
Part 4: Cosmos
7. Cosmic Geography
8. Cosmology and Cosmogony
Part 5: People
9. Understanding the Past: Human Origins and Role
10. Understanding the Past: Historiography
11. Encountering the Present: Guidance for Life--Divination and Omens
12. Encountering the Present: Context of Life--Cities and Kingship
13. Encountering the Present: Guidelines for Life--Law and Wisdom
14. Pondering the Future on Earth and after Death Postscript

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