The Pentateuch as Narrative

Overview

Most scholars studying the first five books of the Bible either attempt to dissect it into various pre-pentateuchal documents or, at the very least, analyze Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy as separate, self-contained documents. The Pentateuch As Narrative focuses on the narrative and literary continuity of the Pentateuch as a whole. It seeks to disclose how the original Jewish readers may have viewed this multivolume work of Moses. Its central thesis is that the Pentateuch was written from ...

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Overview

Most scholars studying the first five books of the Bible either attempt to dissect it into various pre-pentateuchal documents or, at the very least, analyze Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy as separate, self-contained documents. The Pentateuch As Narrative focuses on the narrative and literary continuity of the Pentateuch as a whole. It seeks to disclose how the original Jewish readers may have viewed this multivolume work of Moses. Its central thesis is that the Pentateuch was written from the perspective of one who had lived under the Law of the Covenant established at Mount Sinai and had seen its failure to produce genuine trust in the Lord God of Israel. In this context, the Pentateuch pointed the reader forward to the hope of the New Covenant, based on divine faithfulness. Throughout the commentary Dr. Sailhamer pays close attention to and interacts with a wide range of classical and contemporary literature on the Pentateuch, written by Jews, Catholics, and Protestants.

Sailhamer presents a scholarly approach to the Pentateuch as the original Jewish readers may have viewed it. Israelites confronted with their lack of genuine faith under the Law were pointed to the hope of a better covenant based on divine faithfulness.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310574217
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 431,716
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

John H. Sailhamer is professor of Old Testament at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Brea, California and was formerly senior professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.. His other works include An Introduction to Old Testament Theology and The NIIV Compact Bible Commentary.
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Table of Contents

Detailed Outline of the Pentateuch
Abbreviations
Preface
Introduction
Interpreting the Pentateuch 1
A The Pentateuch Is a Book 1
B The Historical Background of the Pentateuch 3
C Historical Background and the Meaning of the Text of the Pentateuch 7
D Revelation in Scripture (Text) and in History (Event) 16
E Authorship and Sources 23
F Literary Form of Historical Narrative 25
G The Structure of the Pentateuch 33
H The Purpose of the Pentateuch 33
I The Mosaic Law and the Theology of the Pentateuch 59
J Basic Principles Taught in the Torah 78
Ch. 1 Genesis 81
Ch. 2 Exodus 241
Ch. 3 Leviticus 323
Ch. 4 Numbers 369
Ch. 5 Deuteronomy 423
Appendix: Summary of Maimonides' List of Laws in the Torah 481
List of Works Consulted 517
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