Understanding the Old Testament / Edition 5

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A classic introduction to the Old Testament that blends literary study, theological interpretation, archaeological research, and historical insights.

Understanding the Old Testament is a revision of America's bestselling definitive treatment of the Old Testament. It examines the literary aspects, historical background, and the newest archaeological discoveries.

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"I have been using Understanding the Old Testament as a required text with college sophomores, and as a recommended aid for M. A. students, for many years now. The high level of scholarship and writing, and the clarity with which complex material is organized for the students, are its two main attractions for me. Students appreciate the help of a clear text that guides them through a large volume of complex material. I appreciate the way the textbook gives the students a kind of road-map, so that I can spend class time on other things."--Mary Callaway, Fordham University

"Since I have been using this book, student complaints are down. It has also given me the freedom to concentrate on the issues of primary interest to me because it covers the material so well...The style, level of detail, examples and so on interest my students, and even those students with little background can follow it"--Harvey Hill, Berry College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130923806
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 2/1/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 482,090
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Old Testament as the Story of a People.


1. The Beginnings of Israel.

2. Liberation from Bondage.

3. Covenant in the Wilderness.

4. The Promised Land.

5. The Formation of an All-Israelite Epic.

6. The Struggle between Faith and Culture.


7. The Throne of David.

8. Prophetic Troublers of Israel.

9. Fallen Is the Virgin Israel.

10. Judah's Covenant with Death.

11. The Rediscovery of Mosaic Torah.

12. The Doom of the Nation.


13. By the Waters of Babylon.

14. The Dawn of a New Age.

15. A Kingdom of Priests.

16. The Praises of Israel.

17. The Beginning of Wisdom.

18. The Unfulfilled Drama.

Comprehensive Chronological Chart.

Selected Bibliography.

Author Index.

Subject Index.

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