Introduction to the Historical Books: Strategies for Reading

Introduction to the Historical Books: Strategies for Reading

by Steven L. McKenzie
     
 

Steven McKenzie here surveys the historical books of the Old Testament — Joshua through Ezra-Nehemiah — for their historical context, contents, form, and themes, communicating them clearly and succinctly for an introductory audience. / By providing a better understanding of biblical history writing in its ancient context, McKenzie helps readers come to terms… See more details below

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Steven McKenzie here surveys the historical books of the Old Testament — Joshua through Ezra-Nehemiah — for their historical context, contents, form, and themes, communicating them clearly and succinctly for an introductory audience. / By providing a better understanding of biblical history writing in its ancient context, McKenzie helps readers come to terms with tensions between the Bible's account and modern historical analyses. Rather than denying the results of historical research or dismissing its practitioners as wrongly motivated, he suggests that the source of the perceived discrepancy may lie not with the Bible but with the way in which it has been read. He also calls into question whether the genre of the Bible's historical books has been properly understood.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802828774
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
01/15/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
971,905
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Abbreviations....................vi
1. In Search of the Historical Books....................1
2. The Works behind the Historical Books....................13
3. Methods and Approaches to the Historical Books....................25
4. Joshua....................39
5. Judges....................57
6. 1-2 Samuel....................72
7. 1-2 Kings....................91
8. 1-2 Chronicles....................113
9. Ezra-Nehemiah....................142
Bibliography....................160
Index of Names and Subjects....................165

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