Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: Third Edition Third Edition

Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: Third Edition Third Edition

by John Collins


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John J. Collins's Introduction to the Hebrew Bible is one of the most reliable and widely adopted critical textbooks at undergraduate and graduate levels alike, and for good reason. Enriched by decades of classroom teaching, it is aimed explicitly at motivated students, regardless of their previous exposure to the Bible or faith commitments. The approach is ecumenical, in the sense that it seeks not to impose any particular theological perspective but to provide information and raise questions that should be relevant to any student.

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: 9781506445984
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2018
Pages: 622
Sales rank: 751,290
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(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 ix

Preface xiii

Preface to the Second Edition xv

Preface to the Third Edition xvi

Abbreviations xvii

Introduction: What Are the Hebrew Bible and Old Testament? 1

Part 1 The Torah/Pentateuch

1 The Near Eastern Context 25

2 The Nature of the Pentateuchal Narrative 53

3 The Primeval History 71

4 The Patriarchs 85

5 The Exodus from Egypt 107

6 The Revelation at Sinai 125

7 The Priestly Theology: Exodus 25-40, Leviticus, and Numbers 143

8 Deuteronomy 163

Part 2 The Deuteronomistic History

9 The Book of Joshua 191

10 Judges 215

11 First Samuel 231

12 Second Samuel 245

13 I Kings I-II: Solomon and the Divided Monarchy 261

14 I Kings 12-2 Kings 25: Tales of Prophets and the End of the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah 281

Part 3 Prophecy

15 Amos and Hosea 313

16 Isaiah, Micah, Nahum, and Zephaniah 335

17 The Babylonian Era: Habakkuk, Jeremiah, and Lamentations 361

18 The Exilic Period: Ezekiel and Obadiah 383

19 The Additions to the Book of Isaiah 405

20 Postexilic Prophecy: Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Joel 427

Part 4 The Writings

21 Ezra and Nehemiah 459

22 The Books of Chronicles 477

23 The Psalms and Song of Songs 495

24 Proverbs 521

25 Job and Qoheleth 539

26 The Hebrew Short Story: Ruth, Esther, Tobit, Judith 561

27 Daniel, 1-2 Maccabees 579

28 The Deuterocanonical Wisdom Books: Ben Sira, Wisdom of Solomon, Baruch 607

29 From Tradition to Canon 627

Glossary 634

Index 641

Picture acknowledgments 646

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