The Old Testament Without Illusions

The Old Testament Without Illusions

by John L. McKenzie


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The Old Testament Without Illusions by John L. McKenzie

While, for many, the old and destructive controversy as to whether the Bible is to be taken literally has long since been resolved, modern research and scholarship has progressed far beyond this debate.

The point of the research has not been to destroy the credibility of the Bible but rather to understand Scripture better. In the process many popular and traditional certainties have fallen by the wayside. Scholars doubt that Moses led the Israelites across the Red Sea or into the Sinai; that David is the author of the Psalms, or indeed that Solomon was even wise. These and dozens of other illusions are being stripped away — and more will surely follow. Beyond this there are the larger contradictions which exist between the law and spirit of the Old and New Testaments.

The modern believer needs both to know of these findings and put them into a perspective which will enhance rather than diminish understanding of the Scriptures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606080443
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/28/2009
Series: John L. McKenzie Reprint Series
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Father John L. McKenzie (1910-1991), an Old Testament biblical scholar who taught at Loyola University of Chicago, University of Chicago, Notre Dame and DePaul University, is considered one of the most influential post-WW2 scholars who oriented Catholic thinkers toward modern biblical scholarship. Beyond being a prolific writer of books and articles, he was the first Catholic president of the Society of Biblical Literature, and served as president for the Catholic Biblical Association and for Clergy and Laity Concerned.

Table of Contents

1 Did God Write the Bible? 7

2 In the Beginning God Made 19

3 Up from the Apes 30

4 Down from the Angels 41

5 Spirits and Demons 53

6 Ancestors and Ancestor Worship 64

7 This Land Is Mine 76

8 The Many Faces of Moses 87

9 A King Like All the Nations 98

10 So Said the Lord 110

11 Save by Destroying 121

12 Law and Order 132

13 Wisdom and Folly 143

14 What Mean These Stones? 154

15 Judge of All the Earth 165

16 Esau and Jacob 176

17 Jacob Wrestling 187

18 Out of the House of Bondage 198

19 Holy War 209

20 Strange Heroes 220

21 Giant-Killer 231

22 Wise Man 243

23 The Beauty of Revenge 254

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