From Paradise to the Promised Land: An Introduction to the Pentateuch / Edition 2

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Modern studies of the Pentateuch have too often focused on their origin rather than their actual content. By concentrating on the unifying elements, Alexander offers an in-depth look at this first section of the Old Testament, revealing the larger picture. With this accessible introduction he also identifies prominent themes and connections between the Pentateuch and the New Testament. (58)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801025976
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

T. Desmond Alexander is director of Christian training, Union Theological College, Belfast, and formerly lecturer in Semitic studies at The Queen's University in Belfast. He is the coeditor of the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology.

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Table of Contents

Preface xii
Abbreviations xix
Maps and Diagrams xxiii
Map: Ancient Near East, Egypt and Canaan xxiv
Diagram
The Israelite Camp xxvi
The Tabernacle xxvii
Part 1 Pentateuchal Criticism
1. Introduction to Pentateuchal Criticism 3
1. Source Criticism 4
2. Form Criticism 4
3. Traditio-historical Criticism 4
4. Literary Criticism 5
2. The Rise of the Documentary Hypothesis 7
1. The Older Documentary Hypothesis 7
2. The Fragmentary Hypothesis 9
3. The Supplementary Hypothesis 11
4. The New Documentary Hypothesis 12
5. The Documentary Hypothesis of Graf, Vatke and Wellhausen 14
6. Models for Explaining the Composition of the Pentateuch 16
7. Distinctive Vocabulary 17
8. The Divine Names in Genesis 19
9. Doublets 22
10. Implications for the History of Israelite Religion 23
11. Conclusion 30
3. Going Behind the Documents 31
1. Form Criticism 31
2. Traditio-historical Criticism 34
3. The Limitations of Traditio-historical Criticism Illustrated 39
4. The Documentary Hypothesis Under Threat 42
1. Modifications to the Documentary Hypothesis 42
1.1 The J source 42
1.2 The E source 45
1.3 The D source 48
1.4 The P source 50
2. Alternatives to the Documentary Hypothesis 53
2.1 Winnett, Wagner, Redford and Van Seters 53
2.2 Rendtorff and Blum 56
2.3 Whybray 59
3. Conclusion 61
5. The Sinai Narrative - A Test Case 62
1. The Narrative Framework of the Divine Speeches in 19:3-6 and 20:22-24:2 63
2. Exodus 20:22 and the Decalogue 69
3. Deuteronomistic Redaction and the Sinai Narrative 69
4. The Source Analysis of Exodus 19 73
5. Conclusion 78
6. The Future of Pentateuchal Studies 80
1. Looking to the Future 80
2. Why was the Pentateuch Composed? 83
Part 2 The Main Themes of the Pentateuch
7. An Overview of the Pentateuch 97
8. The Royal Lineage in Genesis 101
1. Summary 101
2. Introduction 101
3. The Structure of Genesis 101
4. The Chosen 'Seed' 103
5. The Lineage of Adam 105
6. Conclusion 111
7. New Testament Connections 112
9. The Blessing of the Nations 114
1. Summary 114
2. Introduction 114
3. Creator and Creation in Harmony 115
4. In the Garden of Eden 115
5. Outside Eden 118
6. Abraham and the Blessing of the Nations 120
7. Blessing in the Remainder of Genesis 122
8. Conclusion 127
9. New Testament Connections 127
10. Paradise Lost 129
1. Summary 129
2. Introduction 129
3. The Creation of the Earth 130
4. The Garden of Eden as Sanctuary 131
5. Expelled from Eden 132
6. Cain - a Restless Wanderer on the Earth 132
7. The Flood Narrative 133
8. Noah, a Man of the Soil 135
9. The Table of Nations 135
10. The Tower of Babel 135
11. The Abraham Narrative 136
12. The Jacob Story 138
13. The Joseph Story 139
14. Conclusion 140
15. New Testament Connections 141
11. By Faith Abraham ... 143
1. Summary 143
2. Introduction 143
3. Overview of the Abraham Narrative 144
4. The Divine Call of Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3 145
5. The Unconditional Promissory Covenant of Genesis 15 146
6. The Eternal Covenant of Circumcision 147
7. The Divine Oath in Genesis 22:16-18 149
8. Conclusion 152
9. New Testament Connections 153
12. Who is the Lord? 157
1. Summary 157
2. An Overview of Exodus 157
3. The Israelites in Egypt 158
4. The Lord Reveals Himself to Moses 159
5. Signs and Wonders in Egypt 161
6. The Sinai Covenant 164
7. Conclusion 166
8. New Testament Connections 166
13. The Passover 170
1. Summary 170
2. Introduction 170
3. The Account of the Passover 171
4. The Purpose of the Passover Ritual 173
5. Conclusion 174
6. New Testament Connections 174
14. The Covenant at Sinai 176
1. Summary 176
2. Introduction 176
3. The Principal Covenant Obligations - the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:1-17) 177
4. The Detailed Covenant Obligations 181
5. The Legal Material of the Book of the Covenant (Ex. 21:1-22:20) 182
6. Moral Symmetry 183
7. The Sanctity of Life 183
8. Moral Imperatives (Ex. 22:21-23:9) 184
9. Instructions Concerning the Sabbath and Religious Festivals 185
10. The Reciprocal Nature of the Covenant 186
11. The Ratification of the Covenant 186
12. Rebellion in the Camp 186
13. Conclusion 188
14. New Testament Connections 188
14.1 Jesus and the Law 188
14.2 Paul and the Law 190
14.3 The New Covenant 190
15. The Tabernacle 192
1. Summary 192
2. Introduction 192
3. A Royal Tent 194
4. A Holy Tent 196
5. A Tent of Meeting 200
6. The Provision of Materials and Skilled Craftsmen 201
7. Conclusion 202
8. New Testament Connections 202
16. Be Holy 204
1. Summary 204
2. Introduction 204
3. Holy, Clean and Unclean 206
4. Holiness 210
5. Uncleanness 212
6. The Relationship Between Holiness and Uncleanness 212
7. Conclusion 213
8. New Testament Connections 214
17. The Sacrificial System 216
1. Summary 216
2. Introduction 216
3. The General Pattern for Animal Sacrifices 218
4. The Five Types of Sacrifices 219
4.1 The burnt offering (Lev. 1:2-17; 6:8-13) 219
4.2 The cereal offering (Lev. 2:1-16; 6:14-23) 220
4.3 The peace offering (Lev. 3:1-17; 7:11-21) 221
4.4 The purification offering (Lev. 4:1-5:13; 6:24-30) 221
4.5 The reparation offering (Lev. 5:14-6:7; 7:1-10) 222
5. The Day of Atonement (Lev. 16:1-34) 223
5.1 The purification of the sanctuary 223
5.2 The scapegoat 224
5.3 The burnt offerings 224
6. Conclusion 224
7. New Testament Connections 225
7.1 Jesus Christ as a sacrifice 225
7.2 Jesus Christ as high priest 226
18. The Clean and the Unclean Foods 227
1. Summary 227
2. Introduction 227
3. The Food Regulations Summarised 228
4. The Function of the Food Regulations 228
5. The Rationale Behind the Clean/Unclean Classification 230
6. The Blood Prohibition 231
7. Conclusion 232
8. New Testament Connections 232
19. Towards the Promised Land 235
1. Summary 235
2. Introduction 235
3. Preparations for the Journey 236
4. The Role of the Levites 238
5. Further Preparations to Enter the Land of Canaan 239
6. Conclusion 241
7. New Testament Connections 241
20. Murmurings 242
1. Summary 242
2. Introduction 242
3. Murmurings Against the LORD 243
4. Challenges Against Those in Authority 246
5. Religious Apostasy 248
6. Destination--the Promised Land 249
7. Conclusion 249
8. New Testament Connections 250
21. Love and Loyalty 253
1. Summary 253
2. Introduction 253
3. Deuteronomy and Ancient Near Eastern Treaties 255
4. Love the LORD 257
5. Be Loyal to the LORD 261
6. Conclusion 262
7. New Testament Connections 263
22. Why Israel? 265
1. Summary 265
2. Introduction 265
3. The Election of Israel 266
4. Israel and the Nations 271
5. Election and Responsibility 273
6. Conclusion 275
7. New Testament Connections 275
Conclusion 277
1. A Light to the Nations 277
2. A Royal Descendant 278
3. Beyond the Pentateuch 279
Recommended Further Reading 281
Selected Bibliography 288
Scripture Index 319
Names Index 337
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