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

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ISBN-13: 9780062067739
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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: 8/21/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.430
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.”

Douglas A. Knight is Drucilla Moore Buffington Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Divinity School of Vanderbilt University. He is the general editor of the Library of Ancient Israel.

Robin Preiss Glasser has illustrated numerous children's books including America: A Patriotic Primer, A is for Abigail, and Our Fifty States by Lynne Cheney, Daddy's Girl by Garrison Keillor, Tea for Ruby by Sarah Ferguson, and the Fancy Nancy picture books by Jane O'Connor.Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science in Nashville, Tennessee; affiliated professor at the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations at Cambridge; and a self-described "Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Christian divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt." She is the author of The Misunderstood Jew and the editor of The Jewish Annotated New Testament .

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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