An Introduction to Old Testament Study

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Abingdon, 1979 - Religion - 400 pages
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This volume will provide an understanding of the issues, problems, and methods of approach in contemporary Old Testament study.

Dr. Hayes first describes the development of the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible and how it came to exist in three canonical forms--Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant.  He then discusses the goals of textual criticism: an understanding of the transmission of the text in its various forms throughout history and the reconstruction of the text in its most authentic and original form.  New terms are defined as they are introduced in each section.

An examination of the critical methods of study of the Old Testament--literary, historical, and form critical--are offered.  The author presents opposing views fairly, and his helpful summaries of the topics under discussion make the book an ideal study text.

The background, tools, and methods used to examine and interpret the main sections of the Old Testament--the Pentateuch, the historical books, the prophetic writings, the Psalms, wisdom literature, and the Apocalyptic writings are all presented in the second half of the study.  Bibliographies in each of the chapters include only sources available in English or in translation for those who plan further study.

Beginning students interested in an introduction to, and a limited history of, Old Testament study will value this well-organized and lucidly written book.

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Contents

Abbreviations
10
The Canon of the Old Testament
17
The Textual Criticism of the Old Testament
47
The HistoricalCritical Approach to the
85
B Early Jewish and Christian Interpretation
91
Old Testament Form Criticism
122
The Pentateuch
156
The Historical Books
201
E Summary Remarks on Prophecy
282
B Issues in the FormCritical Study of
291
The Psalms and the Cult
304
Israelite Wisdom Literature
321
B The Character of Israelite Wisdom
337
Proverbs Job and Ecclesiastes
351
Other Wisdom Literature?
357
aniel and Jewish Apocalyptic
365

Former Prophets
218
A The Prophets and Ecstatic Experience
254
B The Diversity of Prophets in Ancient
260
The Forms of Prophetic Speech
273
B The Nature of Apocalyptic Writings
374
The General Background of Jewish
383
Index of Modern Authors
390
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About the author (1979)

(2001) John H. Hayes is Professor of Old Testament at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

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