The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures

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Oxford University Press, 2013 - Religion - 580 pages
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Lucidly written by leading biblical scholar Michael D. Coogan, this balanced, engaging, and up-to-date introduction to the Hebrew scriptures distills the best of current scholarship. Employing the narrative chronology of the Bible itself and the history of the ancient Near East as a framework, Coogan covers all the books of the Hebrew Bible, along with the deuterocanonical books included in the Bible used by many Christians. He works from a primarily historical and critical methodology but also introduces students to literary analysis and other interpretive strategies.

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* Updates and revisions throughout, including new material on recent archaeological discoveries, new translations of many of the ancient texts, and new and revised maps and illustrations

* A new Table of Weights and Measures that provides modern equivalents for biblical weights and measures

* Expanded study aids at the end of each chapter, including additional "Important Terms," expanded "Questions for Review" sections, and updated bibliographies

* An updated Instructor's Manual with Computerized Test Bank on CD

* An updated Companion Website at www.oup.com/us/coogan containing numerous resources for students and instructors

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About the author (2013)


Michael D. Coogan is Lecturer on Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at the Harvard Divinity School and the Director of Publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum. He is the author of A Reader of Ancient Near Eastern Texts (2012), A Brief Introduction to the New Testament, Second Edition (2011), and The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction (2008), all published by Oxford University Press.

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