The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures / Edition 1

The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures / Edition 1

by Michael D. Coogan
     
 


Lucidly written by leading biblical scholar Michael D. Coogan, this balanced, engaging, and up-to-date introduction to the Hebrew scriptures distills the best of current scholarship. Employing the narrative chronology of the Bible itself and the history of the ancient Near East as a framework, Coogan covers all the books of the Hebrew Bible, along with the… See more details below

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Lucidly written by leading biblical scholar Michael D. Coogan, this balanced, engaging, and up-to-date introduction to the Hebrew scriptures distills the best of current scholarship. Employing the narrative chronology of the Bible itself and the history of the ancient Near East as a framework, Coogan covers all the books of the Hebrew Bible, along with the deuterocanonical books included in the Bible used by many Christians. He treats every book of the canon with careful attention to its historical context, its particular genre, and its distinctive features. Dealing in detail with ancient Near Eastern sources and archaeological data, Coogan works from a primarily historical and critical methodology but also introduces students to literary analysis and other interpretive strategies, especially current ones.

The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures is enhanced by a glossary, timelines, photos, illustrations, maps, and a four-color insert on Jerusalem in biblical times. Strategically placed boxes address issues that often puzzle readers of the Bible, provide models of interpretation of particular texts, and discuss their significance for Judaism and Christianity. Each chapter includes a preview and summary, key terms, questions for review and discussion, and suggestions for further reading.

NEW TO THIS EDITION

Fully revised and updated throughout

Two new introductory chapters that provide students with the context necessary to analyze the biblical texts--one on the composition of the Old Testament and one on the history and geography of the ancient Near East and how it influenced the Hebrew Bible.

• An updated Instructor's Manual and Testbank on CD and a Companion Website at www.oup.com/us/coogan featuring resources for both instructors and students

A FREE 6-month subscription to Oxford Biblical Studies Online (www.oxfordbiblicalstudies.com), edited by Michael D. Coogan, which provides students with unrivalled access to six essential Oxford Bibles; Concordances; the Oxford Bible Commentary; nearly 5,000 A-Z articles, from Abel to Zion, integrated with chapter-based scholarly works; hundreds of images and maps; and countless other internet resources.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195139112
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
600
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1Creations : Genesis 1-33
2The formation of the Pentateuch21
3Primeval history : Genesis 4-1131
4The promised land : geography, history, and ideology45
5The ancestors of Israel : Genesis 12-5063
6Escape form Egypt : Exodus 1-1585
7From Egypt to Sinai : Exodus 16-24105
8Law and ritual : Exodus 20.22-23.33 and 25-40120
9Ritual and holiness : Leviticus138
10In the wilderness : Numbers153
11The end of the journey to the promised land : Deuteronomy173
12Joshua and the conquest of the land of canaan : Joshua191
13The emergence of Israel in the land of canaan : Judges and Ruth211
14The establishment of the monarchy : 1 Samuel231
15The reign of David : 2 Samuel, 1 Kings 1-2, and Psalm 132248
16The reign of Solomon : 1 Kings 1-11 and Psalm 89266
17The divided kingdoms of Israel and Judah from the late tenth to the early eighth centuries B.C.E. : 1 Kings 12-2 Kings 14287
18The northern kingdom of Israel in the eighth century B.C.E. : 2 Kings 14-17, Amos, and Hosea307
19The kingdom of Judah in the eighth and early seventh centuries B.C.E. : 2 Kings 15-20, 2 Chronicles 29-32, Isaiah 1-39, and Micah327
20Judah in the seventh century B.C.E. : the end of Assyrian domination : 2 Kings 21-23, 2 Chronicles 33-35, Zephaniah, Nahum, and the prayer of Manasseh349
21The fall of Jerusalem : 2 kings 23.31-25.30, 2 chronicles 36, Habakkuk, Jeremiah, and the letter of Jeremiah359
22After the fall : Jews in Judah and Babylon : Lamentations, Psalm 137, Obadiah, and Ezekiel381
23Return from exile : Ezra 1-2 and Isaiah 34-35 and 40-55401
24The early restoration : Ezra 3-6, 1 Esdras, Haggai, Zechariah 1-8, and Isaiah 56-66419
25Judah in the fifth century B.C.E. : Ezra 7-10, Nehemiah, Isaiah 24-27, Zechariah 9-14, Joel Malachi, and 2 Esdras430
26History rewritten : 1-2 Chronicles446
27The consolidation of traditions : Psalms and Proverbs456
28Dissidents and lovers : Job, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon479
29Encounters with the Greeks : 1-2 Maccabees, Baruch, Sirach, the wisdom of Solomon, and 4 Maccabees499
30Heroes under foreign rules : Jonah, Esther, additions to Esther, Judith, Tobit, 3 Maccabees, Daniel, and additions to Daniel525
AppThe canons of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament545

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