Story as Torah: Reading Old Testament Narrative Ethically

Story as Torah: Reading Old Testament Narrative Ethically

by Gordon J. Wenham
ISBN-10:
0801027837
ISBN-13:
9780801027833
Pub. Date:
01/01/2004
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group

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Overview

Story as Torah: Reading Old Testament Narrative Ethically

How do the grand stories of Israel and her heroes, as well as the many seemingly mundane incidents found in these narrative stories, help guide today's readers in their daily behavior?

Renowned scholar Gordon Wenham offers Story as Torah, a succinct monograph demonstrating how Old Testament narratives can indeed function as "Torah," informing one's ethical choices. He uses the books of Genesis and Judges as test cases, working with texts that offer clear moral guidance as well as those in which the ethical teaching is at first glance dubious.

This accessible book will help seminarians, pastors, and other students of the Bible use Old Testament narratives responsibly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801027833
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2004
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsix
Abbreviationsxi
1.Introduction1
2.Critical Methodology5
3.The Rhetorical Function of Genesis17
4.The Rhetorical Function of Judges45
5.Ethical Ideals and Legal Requirements73
6.Some Problematic Tales109
7.New Testament Perspectives129
8.Conclusions151
Works Cited157
Index of References166
Index of Modern Authors173
Index of Subjects175

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