The Sources of the Old Testament: A Guide to the Religious Thought of the Old Testament in Context

The Sources of the Old Testament: A Guide to the Religious Thought of the Old Testament in Context

by James Atwell

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The Sources of the Old Testament: A Guide to the Religious Thought of the Old Testament in Context by James Atwell

This book is a short introduction to the Old Testament for undergraduates, students on diocesan ministry courses, study groups and the general reader. James Atwell explains the main ideas to be found in the Old Testament in their own context, interpreting them in the light of the religion and culture of the Ancient Near East from which they emerged. One of the aspects in this world of ideas, which he draws out, and which is of particular contemporary interest, is the significance of creation and the Creator. It was this same interest that formed the broad horizon of biblical theology, which raised so many of the big questions that are grappled with in the Old Testament. These include nature and the environment, respect for creation, the distinction between Creator and creature, and human destiny. Each section ends with a number of questions to link the ideas to be found in the Old Testament to modern concerns.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780567084736
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 05/18/2004
Series: Understanding the Bible and Its World
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

The Very Revd James E. Atwell studied at Oxford and Harvard, and is presently Dean of St Edmundsbury Suffolk

Table of Contents

Introduction PART 1 Surveying the Scene: The Broad Horizon Three Classic Pictures of Ordering The Significance of the Status Quo PART 2 The Three Sources: Tent - The Patriarchs The Mosaic Era Living at the Boundary Temple - Temple Liturgy The Kingdom of God- Davidic Monarchy Tutor - Identifying Wisdom and Wisdom's Transmission The Books of Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes Order's Spokesman Wisdom's Wider Influence The Old Testament to the Hebrew Scriptures Conclusion: Hebrew Monotheism Chronology Map Index

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