Introduction to the Old Testament: A Liberation Perspective

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This Thorough Revision and Updating of the Popular Introduction to the Old Testament Brings a Fresh New Look to a Classroom Classic. Introduction to the Old Testament Has Become a Favorite Text for Those Using a Liberative Approach to Biblical Studies. While Covering Standard Issues Such as Literary Formation of the Texts and Their Religious Themes, Ceresko Goes Behind the Texts to Uncover the Social Background and the Vital History of Competing Interests Reflected in the ...
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Overview

This Thorough Revision and Updating of the Popular Introduction to the Old Testament Brings a Fresh New Look to a Classroom Classic. Introduction to the Old Testament Has Become a Favorite Text for Those Using a Liberative Approach to Biblical Studies. While Covering Standard Issues Such as Literary Formation of the Texts and Their Religious Themes, Ceresko Goes Behind the Texts to Uncover the Social Background and the Vital History of Competing Interests Reflected in the Scriptures.

Applying Norman Gottwald's Thesis on Israel's Origins, Ceresko Argues That Israel Was Formed Through a Process of Social Revolution, Inspired by the Memory of Runaway Slaves and Their Worship of a God Whose Cult Mandated Radical Social Equality and Justice. The Subsequent History is Viewed in Terms of the People's Faithfulness to This Covenant, Expressed Not Only in Worship But in the Practice of Justice and Mercy.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781570753480
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 629,513
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Maps
Preface
Preface to the Revised and Expanded Edition
Pt. I Introduction
1 The Bible in the Modern World 3
2 A Modern Look at Biblical Times 17
Pt. II The Pentateuch
3 The Historical Background of the Ancient Near East 29
4 The Ancestors of Israel 40
5 The Documentary Hypothesis 57
6 The Four Sources 67
7 The Exodus 79
8 Covenant 87
Pt. III The Rise of Israel in Canaan
9 The "Conquest" of Canaan 97
10 Israel in the Period of the Judges 108
Pt. IV The Period of the Monarchy
11 The Book of Deuteronomy and the Deuteronomistic History 123
12 The Philistines and Saul 137
13 From Chieftain to King 148
14 The Divided Monarchy 164
Pt. V Prophecy in the Pre-Exilic Period
15 The Origins and Definition of Prophecy 181
16 The Eighth-Century B.C.E. Prophets: Amos and Hosea 194
17 Isaiah 209
18 Jeremiah 224
Pt. VI The Exile and the Restoration
19 The Destruction of Jerusalem, the Exile, and the Prophet Ezekiel 241
20 Second Isaiah (Is 40-55) 257
21 The Reestablishment of a Jewish Community in Jerusalem and Judah 271
Pt. VII The Writings
22 The Psalms 285
23 Wisdom in Israel 304
24 The Wisdom Writings: Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Sirach, and the Book of Wisdom 316
25 Daniel and the Apocalyptic Literature 331
26 Some Conclusions 341
Bibliography 351
General Index 374
Scripture Index 380
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