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    Meaning of the Bible What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us

    ISBN-10: 0062067737
    ISBN-13: 9780062067739
    Author(s): Douglas A. Knight, Amy-Jill Levine
    Description: The finest introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures available anywhere is at your fingertips in The Meaning of the Bible. Preeminent biblical scholars Douglas A. Knight and Amy-Jill Levine deliver the fullest introduction to the Old Testament—also  More...
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    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 448
    Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
    Weight: 1.408
    Language: English

    The finest introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures available anywhere is at your fingertips in The Meaning of the Bible. Preeminent biblical scholars Douglas A. Knight and Amy-Jill Levine deliver the fullest introduction to the Old Testament—also known as the Tanakh  or Hebrew Bible—ever, offering a wealth of highly readable historical background and social context, plus an examination of the meaning and aesthetic value of the sacred literature at the heart of Judaism and Christianity. John Shelby Spong, author of Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World writes, “Amy-Jill Levine and Douglas A. Knight have combined to write a book on the Bible that is as academically brilliant as it is marvelously entertaining. By placing our scriptures into their original Jewish context they have opened up startling and profound new insights. This is a terrific book.”

    List of Abbreviations
    Introduction
    The History of Ancient Israel
    Reconstructing History
    Historical Synopsis
    The Ancestors
    The Exodus
    Settlement of the Land
    The Founding of the Monarchy
    From the Divided Kingdom to the Fall of Jerusalem
    Exile and Return
    The Persian and Hellenistic Periods
    The Historical Time Frame
    The Literary Heritage of Ancient Israel
    Tanakh or Old Testament or Hebrew Bible?
    Every Translator, a Traitor
    Literary Conventions
    Characterization
    Different Stories, Different Authors
    Canonization
    Land and Settlement
    Israel's Environs
    Topography
    Climate and Water Resources
    Settlement of the Land
    A Land of Milk and Honey
    Law and Justice
    The Written and the Unwritten
    Ancient Southwest Asia
    Rhetorical Forms
    Administering Justice
    The Divine
    Four Stumbling Blocks to Talking About the Biblical God
    The Names of God
    Religious Competition and Co-optation
    The Divine Feminine
    Father God, Children of God, Angels
    Polytheism, Henotheism, and Monotheism
    Seeing the Portraits Again
    The Cultus
    The "Domestic Cult"
    Tabernacles and Temples
    Priests
    Purity
    Dietary Concerns
    Sacrifice
    Child Sacrifice
    Chaos and Creation
    Creation Today
    Cosmic Architecture
    Hands-on Artisanship
    Disorder and Estrangement
    From Cain and Abel to Noah and Babel
    Other Biblical Creations
    Continuation and Completion
    Abrahams Search for a Home
    From Slavery to Liberation
    New Exodus: From Prophecy to Apocalyptic
    Self and Other
    Hebrews
    Circumcision
    Endogamy
    The Tribes of Israel
    The Samaritans
    Judeans and Jews
    From Affiliation to Conversion
    Resident Aliens and Foreigners
    Chosen People
    Sexuality
    Revisiting Eden
    Sexual Seduction, Response, and Potency
    Legislating Sexuality
    Marriage, Divorce, and Adultery
    Abortion
    Sexual Abuse
    Innuendo
    Politics and the Economy
    The Nation-State
    The Cities
    The Empire and the Colony
    The Household
    The Clan
    The Tribe
    Diaspora
    Initial Scattering and Return
    The Ten Lost Tribes
    The Babylonian Diaspora
    Postexilic Diaspora Communities
    Esther
    Daniel
    Tobit
    Critique and Reform
    Historians as Critics
    Moses, Flawed but Unassailable
    As His Father David Did
    Prophets as Critics
    Politics
    Economy
    Religion
    Wisdom and Theodicy
    Who Is Wise?
    Sages and Their Literature
    Sirach and the Wisdom of Solomon
    Woman Wisdom
    Job and Theodicy
    Qohelet (Ecclesiastes) and Realism
    Conclusion
    Acknowledgments
    Bibliography
    Index

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