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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
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    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
    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
    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
    Different Stories, Different Authors
    Land and Settlement
    Israel's Environs
    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
    Dietary Concerns
    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
    The Tribes of Israel
    The Samaritans
    Judeans and Jews
    From Affiliation to Conversion
    Resident Aliens and Foreigners
    Chosen People
    Revisiting Eden
    Sexual Seduction, Response, and Potency
    Legislating Sexuality
    Marriage, Divorce, and Adultery
    Sexual Abuse
    Politics and the Economy
    The Nation-State
    The Cities
    The Empire and the Colony
    The Household
    The Clan
    The Tribe
    Initial Scattering and Return
    The Ten Lost Tribes
    The Babylonian Diaspora
    Postexilic Diaspora Communities
    Critique and Reform
    Historians as Critics
    Moses, Flawed but Unassailable
    As His Father David Did
    Prophets as Critics
    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

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