Old Testament Introduction

Old Testament Introduction

Hardcover(Reprint 2014)

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The purpose of this book is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the complexities of the Old Testament; it also provides the basic knowledge required for students of O.T. theology. This widely used textbook appears here in its second English edition and is based on the fifth German edition (1995). This new edition has been expanded especially in regard to Pentateuch research and the anthropology of the O.T.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783110157758
Publisher: De Gruyter
Publication date: 02/15/2000
Edition description: Reprint 2014
Pages: 465
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.04(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Part I.Survey of the Old Testament and Its History
1The Parts of the Old Testament3
a)Name and Structure3
b)The Formation of the Canon6
2The Stages of Israel's History8
a)Nomadic Antiquity9
b)The Early Period before the State (Settlement and Age of the Judges)15
c)The Period of the Monarchy18
1.The Period of the United Kingdoms19
2.The Period of the Divided Kingdoms The Northern Kingdom, Israel20
3.The Southern Kingdom, Judah23
d)The Exilic and Postexilic Periods25
3Aspects of Social History28
a)The Nomadic Clans28
b)Ownership of Land31
c)Changes Brought by the Monarchy33
d)Social Contrasts in the Time of the Major Prophets35
e)The Postexilic Situation37
Part II.Traditions and Documentary Sources of the Pentateuch and the Historical Books
4The Pentateuch41
a)Name and Structure41
b)Stages and Problems of Pentateuchal Scholarship44
1.Criticism of Moses' Authorship44
2.Discovery and Delimitation of the Pentateuchal Sources45
3.Dating of the Documentary Sources46
4.Results and Still Open Questions of Literary Criticism48
5.Form Criticism and Tradition History58
5Selected Types of Narrative63
a)Myth and Primeval History63
b)The Saga as a Form of Transmission65
1.The Individual Saga65
2.Etiological Motifs69
3.Sanctuary Legends69
4.Saga Cycles and Later Form of the Sagas70
c)The Joseph Novella71
6The Yahwist History75
a)Introductory Questions75
b)Theological Intentions79
7The Elohist History84
a)Introductory Questions84
b)Theological Intentions89
8The Priestly Document93
a)Introductory Questions93
b)Theological Intentions102
9Old Testament Law110
a)The Forms of Legal Statement110
b)Collections of Laws114
1.The Decalogue114
2.The Book of the Covenant116
3.The Law of Holiness118
a)Introductory Questions120
b)Theological Intentions129
11The Deuteronomistic History136
a)Introductory Questions136
b)Theological Intentions140
c)From the Book of Joshua to the Books of Kings145
1.The Book of Joshua145
2.The Book of Judges148
3.The Books of Samuel151
4.The Books of Kings156
12The Chronicler's History160
b)Ezra and Nehemiah162
c)Theological Intentions167
Part III.The Prophets
13The Form of Prophecy173
a)Prophetic Utterance and Prophetic Book173
1.Distinction between Oral Proclamation and Written Record173
2.Distinction between Individual Utterance and Composition175
3.Distinction between Original Prophetic Utterance and Later Redaction177
b)Main Categories of Prophetic Literature180
1.Stories about the Prophets180
c)Questions in Contemporary Study of the Prophets188
d)Precursors of the Writing Prophets190
18Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, and Obadiah225
21Second Isaiah and Third Isaiah256
22Haggai, Zechariah, Second Zechariah, Malachi270
23Joel and Jonah282
Part IV.Liturgical and Sapiential Poetry
25The Psalter299
26Song of Solomon, Lamentations, Ruth, and Esther311
28Qoheleth or Ecclesiastes: Solomon the Preacher328
29The Book of Job333
Part V.Theology and Hermeneutics
30Discourse about God in the Old Testament343
31The Question of the Unity of the Old Testament Aspects of a "Theology of the Old Testament"366
32On Understanding Humankind: Anthropological Insights of the Old Testament372
33For and Against the Old Testament: Hermeneutic Themes389

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