Crisis and Story: Introduction to the Old Testament / Edition 2

Crisis and Story: Introduction to the Old Testament / Edition 2

by W. Lee Humphreys
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McGraw-Hill Higher Education


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Crisis and Story: Introduction to the Old Testament / Edition 2

This relatively brief, nontechnical introduction to the Old Testament captures the dramatic development of the ancient Israelite and early Jewish religious traditions, emphasizing the importance of narrative and memory. By focusing on the Moses-Sinai and David-Zion stories and on three major crises in the history of Jerusalem—the capture of the city by David in the 10th century BCE, its destruction by Babylon in 587 BCE, and its destruction by Rome in 70 CE—Humphreys helps students appreciate the complex interplay between the religious traditions and the political, social, economic, military, and cultural factors that influenced these traditions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874849349
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 01/01/1990
Edition description: 2nd ed
Pages: 377
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Patterns of Memory PART I. THE RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS OF ANCIENT ISRAEL Section 1. The Empire of David and Solomon 1. The First Crisis 2. The Davidic and Zion Traditions 3. The Yahwist 4. Visions of the Ways of God with Mortals Section 2. From Dissolution to Destruction 5. The Moses�Sinai Story in Northern Israel 6. Judah and the Assyrian Empire 7. The Second Crisis PART II. THE RISE OF JUDAISM Section 1. The Babylonian and Persian Periods 8. The Prophets and a New Nation 9. Theological Issues Confronting Early Judaism 10. Wilderness and Temple 11. Judaism Engaging a Gentile World Section 2. The Challenge of Hellenism 12. Apocalyptic Vision and Emerging Nationalism 13. The Essenes of Qumran 14. Sadducees, Samaritans, Zealots, and Pharisees 15. The Third Crisis Glossary Index of Subjects Index of Scriptural Passages

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