An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: A Thematic Approach

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Sandra L. Gravett, Karla G. Bohmbach, F. V. Greifenhagen
Westminster John Knox Press, 2008 - Religion - 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? In focusing on the fundamental question of the canon--Who are we?--it first gives much attention to the issue of identity. 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 is in line with other studies of ancient literature and culture, without ignoring the religious function of the Hebrew Bible. Through art, photography, literature, and popular culture, this text vibrantly presents the concepts of the Hebrew Bible, and offers a companion Web site with tests and other pedagogical aids for teachers.


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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

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

Karla G. Bohmbachis Associate Professor of Religion and Coordinator of the Women's Studies program at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

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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