Introduction To The Old Testament / Edition 1

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In this book Walter Brueggemann, America's premier biblical theologian, introduces the reader to the broad theological scope and chronological sweep of the Old Testament. He covers every book of the Old Testament in the order in which it appears in the Hebrew Bible and treats the most important issues and methods in contemporary interpretation of the Old Testament—literary, historical, and theological.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Eminent Old Testament scholar Brueggemann (Theology of the Old Testament) offers a clear and eloquent introductory study of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament that surpasses many older introductions such as Anderson's Understanding the Old Testament and Bright's A History of Israel. Focusing on the literature of the Old Testament rather than on the ways that such literature grows out of the history of Israel, he emphasizes that the development of the Old Testament was an act of imaginative remembering. It evolved through what he calls a "traditioning" process, whereby the texts grew dynamically out of a confluence of historical, ideological, political and religious forces in Israel. Brueggemann arranges his introduction in canonical order (Torah, prophets, writings) to demonstrate the ways that various themes built upon one another and how the texts reflect the ongoing development of Israel. For example, the "writings"-which include Proverbs, Psalms and Job as well as Esther and Daniel-reflect, in Brueggemann's view, the diversity of life and faith characteristic of post-exilic Judaism. Brueggemann's reading of the Old Testament makes it alive for us today. As we interpret the text in our own times, we engage in the "traditioning" process, for each time we read, new meanings are disclosed to us. Although Brueggemann sometimes veers off into territory for which a background in biblical studies is necessary, his crystal clear prose, lucid ways of telling stories and canny theological insights make this introduction a real gem. (Nov.) Forecast: Given Brueggemann's stature in Old Testament scholarship and the fresh perspectives of this work, his introduction is likely to become a standard text in seminaries and theological schools. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664224127
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 450
  • Sales rank: 1,309,505
  • Product dimensions: 0.91 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He is the world's leading interpreter of the Old Testament, and is the author of numerous books, including Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination and Reverberations of Faith: A Theological Handbook of Old Testament Themes.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Imaginative Remembering 1
1 The Torah 15
2 Cosmic Miracles in Contradiction (Genesis 1-11) 29
3 The Ancestors (Genesis 12-50) 43
4 The Book of Exodus 53
5 The Book of Leviticus 67
6 The Book of Numbers 75
7 The Book of Deuteronomy 85
8 Reprise on the Pentateuch 95
9 The Prophets 101
10 The Book of Joshua 109
11 The Book of Judges 121
12 The Books of 1 and 2 Samuel 131
13 The Books of 1 and 2 Kings 145
14 The Book of Isaiah 159
15 The Book of Jeremiah 177
16 The Book of Ezekiel 191
17 The Minor Prophets (1) 209
18 The Minor Prophets (2) 237
19 Reprise on the Prophets 263
20 The Writings 271
21 The Book of Psalms 277
22 The Book of Job 293
23 The Book of Proverbs 305
24 The Five Scrolls 319
25 The Book of Daniel 351
26 The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah 363
27 The Books of 1 and 2 Chronicles 375
28 Reprise on the "Writings" 383
29 A Concluding Reflection 391
Bibliography 403
Index of Scripture 418
Index of Names 431
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