The Old Testament Story / Edition 8

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Designed for students with little or no knowledge of the Old Testament, this text provides complete background detail as it follows the story told by the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. Examines the separate biblical books and illustrates the literary structure of each of the books of the Protestant Christian Old Testament/Hebrew Bible.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780135132463
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 2/20/2008
  • Series: MySearchLab Series 15% Off Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
1 The Book and Those Who Study It 1
2 The Geographical and Historical Setting for the Old Testament Prior to 1200 B.C.E. 22
3 Israel Looks at the Beginnings 37
4 Israel Becomes a People: Exodus and Wilderness 59
5 Israel Gains a Home: Joshua and Judges 96
6 Israel Gains a King: Samuel and Saul 120
7 Israel's Time of Glory: David and Solomon 140
8 Israel Becomes Two: The History of the Northern Kingdom 162
9 Judah: Rehoboam to Hezekiah (922-687 B.C.E.) 200
10 Judah: Manasseh to Zedekiah and the Exile 224
11 The Exile: Judah's Dark Night of the Soul 255
12 The Postexilic Period: Judah Revived 297
13 A Legacy of Israel: Wise Men and Psalm Singers 311
14 The Time of Silence: Judah in Eclipse 348
15 Epilogue: The Continuing Story 368
Comprehensive Chronological Chart 378
Copyright Acknowledgments 383
Index 385
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In preparing this sixth edition of The Old Testament Story, I have chosen to enlist the competent assistance of Dr. Mark McEntire of Belmont University. Since I have been away from the university classroom for ten years, I felt it necessary to seek help from one who is in touch with present-day students. Dr. McEntire has contributed to this edition in at least two important ways: (1) he has revised the study questions at the end of each chapter, and (2) he has given brief descriptions of the literary structure of each book of the Old Testament, a fuller explanation of which follows.

This textbook follows the story told by the Old Testament about the people of Israel and their God. Sometimes the divisions of the story coincide with the biblical books and sometimes they do not. Some biblical books participate more directly in the telling of the story than do others. In recent decades, increasing attention has been given to the literary artistry of the biblical books. Regardless of the stages of development the various books of the Old Testament went through and their relationship to each other, they stand as separate books in the final form of the canon. Most, if not all, of the thirty-nine books of the Protestant Christian Old Testament have a discernible organization as pieces of literature. In appropriate places, this textbook will attempt to illustrate the structure of each biblical book. One additional problem concerns the treatment of books that appear in pairs or in a larger group. These would include the books of Samuel, the books of Kings, the books of Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah, and the Book of the Twelve (the Minor Prophets). This is why the Hebrew Biblecounts only twenty-four books in its contents rather than thirty-nine, even though its contents are identical to those of the Protestant Christian Old Testament. In these cases the discussions will attempt to give attention to both levels of structure, that of the individual books and that of the scroll which contains the whole grouping.

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