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 modern liberal look back at the Hebrew Bible

User Review  - Get2011 -

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

Excellent cultural information.

User Review  - Sammie -

I bought this book for the cultural and historical information and am pleased with the archeology etc.. It was written by people who do not believe the Bible is inspired; they believe what it says ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

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

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

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

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