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This text is designed to teach students how to read the Hebrew Bible and how to go about mining the Biblical text for literary, historical, and thematic meaning. This book is accompanied by a CD-ROM that includes the entire text of the Bible, the entire text of the book, and an interactive Study Guide.
The author demonstrates how a knowledge of ancient culture, religion, and history is essential for correctly interpreting Biblical texts. While history, archaeology, and extra-biblical documents are heavily utilized, they are presented only as they apply directly to specific Biblical texts. The book actively applies recent literary, rhetorical, and structural studies that shed light on art, design, coherence, characterization, theme, and other literary features of the Hebrew Bible.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534527273
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Series: Religion Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 561
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments. Introduction. Writing and Reading RTOT. What is the Old Testament? Interpreting the Old Testament. Key Notions. The Biblical Story. Pre-Israelite History. Early Israel. Monarchy. Judaisms. PART 1. TORAH. Authorship and Composition. Torah as a Whole. Torah and History. 1. Genesis 1-11: Primeval Story. Creation to the Flood. Re-Creation to Abram. Genesis 1-11 as a Whole. 2. Genesis 12-50: Ancestral Story. Abraham Cycle. Jacob Cycle. Joseph Cycle. Genesis as a Whole. 3. Exodus: Deliverance and Covenant. Exodus–the Deliverance Traditions. Sinai–the Covenant Traditions. Exodus as a Whole. 4. Leviticus and Numbers: In the Wilderness. Leviticus: the Priestly World View. Leviticus as a Whole. Numbers: from Sinai to Moab. Numbers as a Whole. 5. Deuteronomy: A Second Torah. Words of Moses. Torah and Covenant. Deuteronomy as a Whole. PART 2. PROPHETS. Former Prophets. Latter Prophets. Israelite Religion. Prophets as a Whole. 6. Joshua: Conquest of Canaan. Campaigns of Conquest. Tribal Territories. Covenant Renewal. Joshua as a Whole. 7. Judges: Securing the Land. Narrative Framework. Judges at Work. Judges as a Whole. 8. Samuel: Rise of the Monarchy. Samuel Cycle. Saul Cycle. David Cycle. Samuel as a Whole. 9: Kings: History of the Kingdoms. Solomon and the Unified Kingdom. Parallel Histories of Israel and Judah. Judah to the Babylonian Exile. Kings as a Whole. 10. Isaiah. First Isaiah: Isaiah of Jerusalem. Second Isaiah: Isaiah of the Exile. Third Isaiah: Isaiah of the Restoration. Isaiah as a Whole. 11 Jeremiah. During the Last Kings of Judah. Jeremiah’s Complaints. After the Fall of Jerusalem. Jeremiah as a Whole. 12.Ezekiel. Before the Fall of Jerusalem. After the Fall of Jerusalem. Ezekiel as a Whole. 13. The Twelve Prophets. Prophets of the Assyrian Period. Prophets of the Babylonian Period. Prophets of the Persian Period. The Twelve Prophets as a Whole. PART 3. WRITINGS. Biblical Poetics. Tradition and Change. Writings as a Whole. 14. Psalms. Poetry of the Psalms. Complaint and Thanksgiving: the Psalm Types. Psalms in Worship. Psalms as a Whole. 15. Wisdom Literature. Proverbs. Job. The Wisdom Tradition. 16. The Five Scrolls. Song of Songs. Ruth. Lamentations. Ecclesiastes. Esther. The Five Scrolls as a Whole. 17. Apocalyptic Literature. Daniel. The Apocalyptic Tradition. 18. The Chronicler's History. First and Second Chronicles. Ezra and Nehemiah. The Chronicler’s History as a Whole. Conclusion: After the Hebrew Bible. Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha. Dead Sea Scrolls. New Testament. Rabbinic Literature. Works Cited. Combined Glossary and Index. Index of Biblical Passages.
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