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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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Editorial Reviews

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"OUP clearly has a winner on its hands with Michael Coogan's The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures. It is excellent. . . . There is a liveliness to the prose that one doesn't often find in textbooks."--Carol A. Newsom, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

"This is an excellent introduction, which fills a significant need in the field. It is judicious, well-conceived and organized, up-to-date, and very clearly written."--Marc Zvi Brettler, Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies and Chair of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University

"At last, a well-written, non-technical, up-to-date introduction to the Hebrew Bible that can serve as a textbook for undergraduates and as an entreé into biblical studies for graduate students and adults."--Adele Berlin, Robert H. Smith Professor of the Hebrew Bible, University of Maryland

"This refreshing, systematic study of Old Testament traditions creates its own space among the great introductions to the Hebrew Bible. . . . [A] tremendous achievement in biblical scholarship and a very significant contribution to education in biblical literature and religion."--Samuel Murrell, Associate Professor of Religion, University of North Carolina-Wilmington

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195139112
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael D. Coogan is Lecturer on Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at the Harvard Divinity School and the Director of Publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum. He is the author of A Reader of Ancient Near Eastern Texts (2012), A Brief Introduction to the New Testament, Second Edition (2011), and The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction (2008), all published by Oxford University Press.

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Table of Contents

1 Creations : Genesis 1-3 3
2 The formation of the Pentateuch 21
3 Primeval history : Genesis 4-11 31
4 The promised land : geography, history, and ideology 45
5 The ancestors of Israel : Genesis 12-50 63
6 Escape form Egypt : Exodus 1-15 85
7 From Egypt to Sinai : Exodus 16-24 105
8 Law and ritual : Exodus 20.22-23.33 and 25-40 120
9 Ritual and holiness : Leviticus 138
10 In the wilderness : Numbers 153
11 The end of the journey to the promised land : Deuteronomy 173
12 Joshua and the conquest of the land of canaan : Joshua 191
13 The emergence of Israel in the land of canaan : Judges and Ruth 211
14 The establishment of the monarchy : 1 Samuel 231
15 The reign of David : 2 Samuel, 1 Kings 1-2, and Psalm 132 248
16 The reign of Solomon : 1 Kings 1-11 and Psalm 89 266
17 The divided kingdoms of Israel and Judah from the late tenth to the early eighth centuries B.C.E. : 1 Kings 12-2 Kings 14 287
18 The northern kingdom of Israel in the eighth century B.C.E. : 2 Kings 14-17, Amos, and Hosea 307
19 The 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 Micah 327
20 Judah 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 Manasseh 349
21 The fall of Jerusalem : 2 kings 23.31-25.30, 2 chronicles 36, Habakkuk, Jeremiah, and the letter of Jeremiah 359
22 After the fall : Jews in Judah and Babylon : Lamentations, Psalm 137, Obadiah, and Ezekiel 381
23 Return from exile : Ezra 1-2 and Isaiah 34-35 and 40-55 401
24 The early restoration : Ezra 3-6, 1 Esdras, Haggai, Zechariah 1-8, and Isaiah 56-66 419
25 Judah in the fifth century B.C.E. : Ezra 7-10, Nehemiah, Isaiah 24-27, Zechariah 9-14, Joel Malachi, and 2 Esdras 430
26 History rewritten : 1-2 Chronicles 446
27 The consolidation of traditions : Psalms and Proverbs 456
28 Dissidents and lovers : Job, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon 479
29 Encounters with the Greeks : 1-2 Maccabees, Baruch, Sirach, the wisdom of Solomon, and 4 Maccabees 499
30 Heroes under foreign rules : Jonah, Esther, additions to Esther, Judith, Tobit, 3 Maccabees, Daniel, and additions to Daniel 525
App The canons of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament 545
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