An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: A Thematic Approach (Google eBook)

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Sandra L. Gravett, Karla G. Bohmback, F. V. Greifenhagen
Westminster John Knox Press, 2008 - Reference - 486 pages
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This pedagogically astute introduction to the Hebrew Bible is designed specifically for undergraduates. It begins with the most basic questions: from where and when did the Hebrew Bible originate, how was it written, and how did people read it? And in focusing on the fundamental question of the canonWho are we?it first gives much attention to the issues of identity, especially in contexts of family, gender, ethnicity, and class. Then, it explores how the ancient Israelites organized themselves in terms of power and state, and finally, delineates the larger questions of God and ideology within the canon. The result is a flow of topics that yields a textbook more in line with other studies of ancient literature and culture. Without ignoring the religious function of the Hebrew Bible, it instead presents religion as a part of every aspect of existence. Through art, photography, literature, and popular culture, this text vibrantly presents the concepts of the Hebrew Bible and offers a companion Web site for teachers with tests and other pedagogical aids.
  

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Very liberal view points

User Review  - Anonymous - Christianbook.com

Very bias and liberal viewpoints; read it cover to cover for an introduction to the Hebrew Bible course at seminary and gave it away the following fall to a new student as I had no desire to refer to ... Read full review

Very modern liberal look back at the Hebrew Bible

User Review  - Get2011 - Christianbook.com

A very modern day liberal look back at the origins, history and translation of the Hebrew bible. authors are secular and within the first 100 pages you can see they are treating the Hebrew bible, the ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Sandra L. Gravettis a Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

F. V. Greifenhagenis Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Luther College, University of Regina, in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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