The Old Testament: text and context
Explore the literature, history and social context of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and their relevance for making sense of this ancient collection. This significant revision of a classroom standard pays particular attention to the original Mediterranean context--how it differs from modern Western culture--and its importance for interpretation.
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Review: The Old Testament: Text and ContextUser Review - E.A. Hensley - Christianbook.com
This is a fantastic textbook on the Old Testament! I have read several, and this is the best one I have seen for beginning Bible/theology students. The book is highly accessible/readable with ... Read full review
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This is a fantastic textbook on the Old Testament! I have read several, and this is the best one I have seen for beginning Bible/theology students. The book is highly accessible/readable with photographs, graphs, charts and study questions. I wish I had found this when I was just learning theology. Don't get me wrong; there is a wealth of information here that I found very interesting about archaeology, time-periods, and terminolgy. I had never heard the term "framework story" before. A framework story is a fill-in-the-blanks formula that could be used over and over again by Biblical writers and by Near Eastern writers in general. For example, Abram and his wife, Sarai, in Egypt, claiming that she is really his sister, and then the story is repeated later with different details and a different king. The textbook is organized according to the order of books in the Bible, starting with Genesis. Everything is placed in historical, cultural and literary context. Dr. Matthews is a great expert on comparative religious studies; so if you are interested in how the Bible has been influenced by pagan literature, this is a good first book for you to read.
Outline of Israelite History
Oral Tradition and the Development of the Canon
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