A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: Third Edition Third Edition

A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: Third Edition Third Edition

by John Collins


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John J. Collins's A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible is one of the most popular introductory textbooks in colleges and seminary classrooms. Enriched by decades of classroom teaching, it is aimed explicitly at motivated students, regardless of their previous exposure to the Bible or faith commitments. This more compact version of Collins's renowned Introduction to the Hebrew Bible is combined with even more student-friendly features, including charts, maps, photographs, chapter summaries, and bibliographies for further reading.

Collins proceeds through the canon of the Old Testament and the Apocrypha, judiciously presenting the current state of historical, archaeological, and literary understanding of the biblical text, and engaging the student in questions of significance and interpretation for the contemporary world.

The third edition is presented in a new and engaging format with new maps and images. An index has been added to the volume for the first time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506445991
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2018
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 281,798
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

John J. Collins is Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School and author of many works, including, from Fortress Press, Encounters with Biblical Theology (2005), Does the Bible Justify Violence? (2004), and Daniel (Hermeneia, 1994).

Table of Contents

Maps vii

Illustrations viii

Preface xi

Preface to the Second Edition xiii

Preface to the Third Edition xiv

Abbreviations xv

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Torah /Pentateuch

1 The Near Eastern Context 19

2 The Nature of the Pentateuchal Narrative 33

3 The Primeval History 45

4 The Patriarchs 53

5 The Exodus from Egypt 67

6 The Revelation at Sinai 79

7 The Priestly Theology: Exodus 25-40, Leviticus, and Numbers 91

8 Deuteronomy 103

Part 2 The Deuteronomistic History

9 Joshua 121

10 Judges 135

11 I Samuel 145

12 2 Samuel 155

13 I Kings I-16: Solomon and the Divided Monarchy 167

14 I Kings 17-2 Kings 25: Tales of Prophets and the End of the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah 181

Part 3 Prophecy

15 Amos and Hosea 201

17 The Babylonian Era: Jeremiah and Lamentations 227

18 Ezekiel 241

19 The Additions to the Book of Isaiah 255

20 Postexilic Prophecy: Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Joel, Jonah 269

Part 4 The Writings

21 Ezra and Nehemiah 289

22 The Books of Chronicles 301

23 The Psalms and Song of Songs 313

24 Proverbs 327

25 Job and Qoheleth 339

26 The Hebrew Short Story: Ruth, Esther 351

27 Daniel, 1-2 Maccabees 361

28 The Deuterocanonical Wisdom Books: Ben Sira, Wisdom of Solomon 377

29 From Tradition to Canon 389

Glossary 395

Index 402

Picture acknowledgments 406

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