From Paradise to the Promised Land: An Introduction to the Pentateuch / Edition 3

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Overview

This new edition includes updated references and added material that reflect recent pentateuchal research as well as the author's refined judgments.

Praise for previous editions

"In this up-to-date and scholarly work, Alexander shows how the first five books of the Bible make sense and hang together. More than that, they lay the foundations of Christian theology so that no one can properly understand the rest of the Bible who has not come to terms with them. Alexander will be found to be a lucid and reliable guide to this vital part of Scripture."
Gordon J. Wenham, Trinity College, Bristol

"Two virtues about From Paradise to the Promised Land have especially struck me. One is the comprehensiveness of the way it seeks to help us grasp the Pentateuch. The other is the way Alexander shows us how different themes hold these books together—themes such as the sanctuary, kingship, and the land. Both these features open up possibilities in grasping the Pentateuch as a whole."
John Goldingay, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Desmond Alexander provides an introduction that considers the Pentateuch as a whole, both thematically and theologically. The Pentateuch is presented as a unity, yet the variety of topics within it receive substantial and penetrating treatment. It is the sort of study that many readers and their teachers have long wanted on this first section of the Old Testament."
J. Gordon McConville, University of Gloucestershire

"There is no doubt that theology undergraduates and anybody who takes an interest in the riches of the Pentateuch are indebted to Alexander for providing us with a highly readable, informative, and at times even innovative book."
Michael Widmer, Themelios

"[A] wealth of useful and accessible information on the Pentateuch. . . . This book is especially welcome as a solid introduction accessible to undergraduate students."
Eric W. Bolger, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801039980
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 462,664
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

T. Desmond Alexander (PhD, The Queen's University, Belfast) is senior lecturer in biblical studies and director of postgraduate studies at Union Theological College in Belfast, Ireland. He is the coeditor of the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Pentateuchal Criticism
1. Introduction to Pentateuchal Criticism
2. The Rise of the Documentary Hypothesis
3. Going behind the Documents
4. The Documentary Hypothesis under Threat
5. The Sinai Narrative—A Test Case
6. The Future of Pentateuchal Studies
Part 2: The Main Themes of the Pentateuch
7. An Overview of the Pentateuch
8. God's Temple-City
9. The Royal Lineage in Genesis
10. The Blessing of the Nations
11. Paradise Lost
12. By Faith Abraham . . .
13. Who Is the LORD?
14. The Passover
15. The Covenant at Sinai
16. The Tabernacle
17. Be Holy
18. The Sacrificial System
19. The Clean and the Unclean Foods
20. Toward the Promised Land
21. Murmurings
22. Love and Loyalty
23. Why Israel?
24. The Pentateuch and the Biblical Metanarrative
Recommended Further Reading
Indexes

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