An Introduction to the Old Testament, Third Edition: The Canon and Christian Imagination

An Introduction to the Old Testament, Third Edition: The Canon and Christian Imagination

by Walter Brueggemann, Tod Linafelt


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In this updated edition of the popular textbook An Introduction to the Old Testament, Walter Brueggemann and Tod Linafelt introduce the reader to the broad theological scope of the Old Testament, treating some of the most important issues and methods in contemporary biblical interpretation. This clearly written textbook focuses on the literature of the Old Testament as it grew out of religious, political, and ideological contexts over many centuries in Israel's history. Covering every book in the Old Testament (arranged in canonical order), the authors demonstrate the development of theological concepts in biblical writings from the Torah through postexilic Judaism.

Incorporating the most current scholarship, this new edition also includes concrete tips for doing close readings of the Old Testament text, and a chapter on ways to read Scripture and respond in light of pressing contemporary issues, such as economic inequality, racial and gender justice, and environmental degradation. This introduction invites readers to engage in the construction of meaning as they venture into these timeless texts.

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ISBN-13: 9780664264413
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 01/05/2020
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he is the author of dozens of books, including Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now, A Gospel of Hope, and Interrupting Silence: God's Command to Speak Out.

Tod Linafelt is Professor of Biblical Literature at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He has also served as the Cardin Family Chair in the Humanities at Loyola College in Baltimore and as the Alexander Robertson Fellow at the University of Glasgow. He is author or editor of many books, scholarly articles, and essays. Several of these have been reprinted or anthologized, including two chapters from his book Surviving Lamentations in the annual reference work Poetry Criticism, vol. 44 (2003).

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