Introduction to the Old Testament Pentateuch
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Introduction to the Old Testament Pentateuch

by Wolf
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802441564

ISBN-13: 9780802441560

Pub. Date: 07/01/2007

Publisher: Moody Publishers

The Pentateuch—Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy—are the vital first books in the Bible. Understanding their scope, meaning, and events is integral to understanding the whole of Scripture.

In An Introduction to the Old Testament Pentateuch, Old Testament expert Herbert Wolf offers layreaders and scholars alike a solid

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The Pentateuch—Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy—are the vital first books in the Bible. Understanding their scope, meaning, and events is integral to understanding the whole of Scripture.

In An Introduction to the Old Testament Pentateuch, Old Testament expert Herbert Wolf offers layreaders and scholars alike a solid introduction to the Pentateuch, going deep where he needs to while still providing a graspable overview.

Wolf first addresses the overarching themes that flow through the Pentateuch, giving special attention to Moses as its author. He then addresses each book specifically, covering topics such as purpose, context, and literary structure. He also explores critical issues specific to each book, like:

Genesis—the meaning of "day" in Genesis 1:1–2:3; the extent of the flood; the Abrahamic covenant; the Joseph narrative

Exodus—the significance of the plagues; Passover; the date of the Exodus; the Ten Commandments

Leviticus—meaning of the sacrificial system; the roles of priests and Levites; the Day of Atonement

Numbers—the twelve tribes; forty years in the wilderness; Balaam; preparation for the Promised Land

Deuteronomy—the "Shema;" covenant curses; the promise of blessing 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802441560
Publisher:
Moody Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/2007
Pages:
332
Sales rank:
675,102
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
The Fivefold Division of the Pentateuch
The Unity of the Pentateuch
The Impact of the Pentateuch on the Old Testament
The Impact of the Pentateuch on the New Testament
The Theology of the Pentateuch
The Samaritan Pentateuch
The Literary Characteristics of the Pentateuch
The Significance of Moses

2. Authorship
The Case for Mosaic Authorship
Possible Sources Used by Moses
Alternative Views of the Formation of the Pentateuch
Recent Critical Approaches to the Pentateuch
Conclusion

3. Genesis
Title
Purpose and Scope
Literary Structure
Problems in Genesis 1-11
The Beginnings of the Nation of Israel

4. Exodus
Title
Purpose and Scope
Literary Structure
Liberation Theology
The Significance of the Plagues
The Passover
The Date of the Exodus
The Numerical Size of Israel
The Sinai Covenant
A Comparison with Other Ancient Law Codes
The Tabernacle as God's Dwelling Place

5. Leviticus
Title
Purpose and Scope
Literary Structure
The Meaning of the Sacrificial System
The Role of the Priests and Levites
The Meaning of "Clean" and "Unclean"
The Day of Atonement
Holy Living
The Challenge to Obey

6. Numbers
Title
Purpose and Scope
Literary Structure
The Organization of the Tribes
Rebellion at Kadesh Barnea
Forty Years in the Wilderness
The Enigmatic Role of Balaam
Preparation for the Promised Land

7. Deuteronomy
Title
Purpose and Scope
Literary Structure
The Centrality of the "Shema"
The Covenant Curses: Paradigm for the Prophets

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