Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

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In this balanced and thorough introduction to the Hebrew Bible, John J. Collins takes his students on a historical-critical journey through biblical texts. With an accessible yet authoritative tone, he identifies the complex ethical issues raised by the text and challenges his students to understand the responsibilities of interpretation. Drawing on his many years of expert teaching, Collins produces a clear and concise tool for undergraduate, graduate, and seminary settings with maps, images, and suggestions for further reading to guide students along the way.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800629915
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/15/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 700
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : what are the Hebrew Bible and old testament? 1
Pt. 1 The torah/pentateuch
1 The near Eastern context 25
2 The nature of the pentateuchal narrative 47
3 The primeval history 67
4 The patriarchs 83
5 The exodus from Egypt 107
6 The revelation at Sinai 121
7 The priestly theology : Exodus 25-40, Leviticus, and numbers 139
8 Deuteronomy 159
Pt. 2 The deuteronomistic history
9 Joshua 183
10 Judges 203
11 First Samuel 217
12 Second Samuel 231
13 1 Kings 1-16 : Solomon and the divided monarchy 245
14 1 Kings 12 - 2 Kings 25 : tales of prophets and the end of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah 261
Pt. 3 Prophecy
15 Amos and Hosea 283
16 Isaiah, Micah, Nahum, and Zephaniah 307
17 The Babylonian era : Habakkuk, Jeremiah, and lamentations 331
18 The Exilic period : Ezekiel and Obadiah 353
19 The additions to the book of Isaiah 379
20 Postexilic prophecy : Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Joel 401
Pt. 4 The writings
21 Ezra and Nehemiah 427
22 The books of chronicles 445
23 The psalms and song of songs 461
24 Proverbs 487
25 Job and Qoheleth 505
26 The Hebrew short story : Ruth, Jonah, Esther, Tobit, Judith 529
27 Daniel, 1-2 maccabees 553
28 The deuterocanonical wisdom books : Ben Sira, wisdom of Solomon, Baruch 581
29 From tradition to canon 599
Glossary 607
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