Brief Introduction to the Old Testament The Hebrew Bible in Its Context

ISBN-10: 0199830118
ISBN-13: 9780199830114
Edition: 2nd 2012
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List price: $64.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/4/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.958
Language: English

Engaging and accessible to students from all backgrounds, A Brief Introduction to the Old Testament: The Hebrew Bible in Its Context, Second Edition, is an updated, concise, and more pedagogical version of Michael D. Coogan's best-selling The Old Testament: A Historical and LiteraryIntroduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, Second Edition (OUP, 2010). Coogan works primarily from a historical and critical methodology but also introduces students to literary analysis and other interpretive strategies. He examines all the books of the Hebrew Bible and considers additional writingsfrom the ancient Near East. The Apocryphal / Deuterocanonical books are included in an appendix. Providing a nondenominational and nondoctrinal treatment, this text offers a unique and captivating introduction to the Hebrew scriptures themselves and to how they have been--and can be--interpreted. PEDAGOGICAL FEATURES: * Chapter introductions connecting each chapter to the preceding material and previewing the material to come * Chapter summaries that highlight key points and link each chapter to the rest of the book * Important terms, boldfaced at their first appearance and defined in the glossary * Numerous strategically placed text boxes that offer interesting and useful supplementary information * Timelines, photos, illustrations, maps, and a four-color insert on Jerusalem in biblical times * Review questions, suggestions for further reading, a general bibliography, and annotated bibliographies at the end of each chapter

New to this Edition
Preface
Abbreviations
Credits
Introductory
What is the Old Testament?
Chapter and Verse
The Jewish Canon
The Christian Canons
The Canons of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
A Look Back and Ahead
The Promised Land: Geography, History, and Importance
Geography
History
Timeline
Importance
A Look Back and Ahead
Cosmic Origins
Creations Genesis 1-3
The Book of Genesis
Genesis 1 and the Sabbath
Genesis and Science
The Sabbath in Jewish and Christian Tradition
The Second Account of Creation (Gen 2.4b-3.24)
Myth and the Bible
"God" and the Lord (God)
The Garden of Eden
Adam and Eve in Jewish and Christian Tradition
A Look Back and Ahead
The Formation of the Pentateuch and the Primeval History Genesis 4-11
The Traditional View
The Development of Modern Interpretation
A Summary of the Documentary Hypothesis
The Formation of the Pentateuch
Challenges to the Documentary Hypothesis
Other Strategies for Interpreting the Pentateuch
Primeval History J (the Yahwist Source)
Cain and Abel
Noah's Drunkenness
The Sons of God P (the Priestly Source)
The Tower of Babel
The Table of Nations The Flood
The Documentary Hypothesis at Work A Look Back and Ahead
National Origins
The Ancestors of Israel Genesis 12-50
The Nature of the Narratives
Source Criticism
Abram and Abraham, Sarai and Sarah
The Binding of Isaac
Form Criticism
Circumcision
Ancient Near Eastern Parallels
The Ugaritic Texts
The Joseph Narrative
The Ancestors of Israel
Abraham, Father of Believers
History and the Ancestors of Israel
The Religion of the Ancestors
A Look Back and Ahead
Escape From Egypt Exodus 1-15
The Book of Exodus
Exodus 1-15
Legends of Rescue
The Divine Name Yahweh
The Hardening of the Pharaoh's Heart
The Development of the Passover Celebration
The Exodus and History
The Exodus and the History of Religions
A Look Back and Ahead
From Egypt to Sinai Exodus 16-24
Itineraries
Incidents on the Journey
Manna
The Location of Sinai
At Sinai
Covenant
The Ten Commandments
The Status and Numbering of the Ten Commandments
The Ratification of the Covenant
A Look Back and Ahead
Law, Ritual, and Holiness Exodus 20.22-23.33 and 25-40 and Leviticus
Law in the Ancient Near East
Excerpt from the Code of Hammurapi
The Covenant Code (Ex 20.22-23.33)
The Ark, the Tabernacle, and the Priestly Vestments and Ordination
"An Eye for an Eye"
The Golden Calf
Forty Days and Forty Nights
The Ritual Decalogue
An Ancient Hebrew Agricultural Calendar
Sequel
The Book of Leviticus
Sacrifices (Lev 1-7)
The Consecration Ceremonies and Their Aftermath (Lev 8-10)
Purity and Impurity (Lev 11-15)
The Day of Atonement
The Holiness Code
Capital Punishment
Women in Israelite Ritual and Law
The Ethics of Leviticus
A Look Back and Ahead
In the Wilderness Numbers
The Book of Numbers
Preparations for the Journey
Law, Ritual, and Purity
The Chronology and Geography of the Wanderings
Rebellions in the Wilderness
Miriam
Opposition on the Journey
Excerpt from the Deir Alla Texts
Preparations for the Entry into the Land
A Look Back and Ahead
The End of the Journey to the Promised Land Deuteronomy
The Book of Deuteronomy
The Shema
The Origins of Deuteronomy
The Deuteronomic School
The Character and Personality of Moses
The Meanings of "Torah"
A Look Back and Ahead
Joshua and the Conquest of the Land of Canaan Joshua
The Deuteronomistic History
The Book of Joshua
History and the Book of Joshua
Shechem in Biblical Tradition
A Look Back and Ahead
The Emergence of Israel in the Land of Canaan Judges and Ruth
The Book of Judges
Book of Judges
The Moabites and the Ammonites
The Song of Deborah
The Philistines
History and the Israelite Confederation
The Book of Ruth
A Look Back and Ahead
Kings and Prophets
The Establishment of the Monarchy 1 Samuel
The Books of Samuel
Samuel
Positive Assessments of Saul
History
A Look Back and Ahead
The Reign of David 2 Samuel, 1 Kings 1-2
Samuel
David's Compositions
Jerusalem
A Look Back and Ahead
The Reign of Solomon 1 Kings 1-11 and Psalm 89
The Books of Kings
Kings 1-11
Solomon in Later Tradition
The Ideology of the Davidic Monarchy
The Royal Ideology in Later Traditions
A Look Back and Ahead
The Divided Kingdoms of Israel and Judah from the Late Tenth to the Early Eighth Centuries BCE 1 Kings 12-2 Kings 14
History
Chronology of the Kings of Israel and Judah Late Tenth to Mid-Eighth Centuries BCE
Institutions and Society
Prophets and Prophecy
Prophets in Later Traditions
The Legends of Elijah and Elisha
Elijah in Later Tradition
A Look Back and Ahead
The Northern Kingdom of Israel in the Eighth Century BCE 2 Kings 14-17, Amos, and Hosea
History
Chronology of the Eighth Century BCE
Prophetic Books and "Classical" Prophecy
Amos
The Day of the Lord
Hosea
Prophetic Attacks on Rituals
Marriage in Ancient Israel
A Look Back and Ahead
The Kingdom of Judah in the Eighth and Early Seventh Centuries BCE 2 Kings 15-20, 2 Chronicles 29-32, Isaiah 1-39, and Micah
History
Chronology of the Eighth and Seventh Centuries BCE
The Reign of Hezekiah
Isaiah
The Siege of Jerusalem in 734 BCE
The Identity of Immanuel
The Assyrian Invasion of Judah in 701 BCE
Sennacherib's Attack on Jerusalem (701 BCE) according to the Assyrian Annals
Hezekiah's Tunnel
Micah
A Look Back and Ahead
Judah in the Seventh and Early Sixth Centuries Bce: The End of Assyrian Domination and the Fall of Jerusalem 2 Kings 21-25, 2 Chronicles 33-36, Zephaniah, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Jeremiah
History
Chronology of the Seventh and Early Sixth Centuries BCE
The Reign of Manasseh
Ashurbanipal's Library
The Reign of Josiah
Megiddo and Armageddon
The Last Kings of Judah
The Fall of Jerusalem
The Book of Zephaniah
The Book of Nahum
The Book of Habakkuk
Jeremiah
Jeremiah in Postbiblical Tradition
A Look Back and Ahead
Exile and Return
After The Fall: Jews in Judah and Babylon Lamentations, Psalm 137, Obadiah, and Ezekiel
History
The Book of Lamentations
Acrostic Poems
The Jews in Babylonia
Psalm 137
The Book of Obadiah
Ezekiel
Yahweh as Violent Spouse
Gog of Magog
A Look Back and Ahead
Return from Exile Ezra 1-2 and Isaiah 34-35 and 40-55
History
Chronology of the Sixth Century BCE
The Priestly Source of the Pentateuch
The Exilic Edition of the Deuteronomistic History
Isaiah 40-55
The Development of Monotheism
Female Images of God
A Look Back and Ahead
Reconstruction, Consolidation, and Challenge
The Restoration: Judah in the Late Sixth and Fifth Centuries BCE Ezra 3-10, Haggai, Zechariah, Isaiah 24-27 and 56-66, Joel, and Malachi
History
Chronology of the Mid-Sixth to the Fourth Centuries BCE
Ezra 3-6
Aramaic
The Book of Haggai
Zechariah 1-8
Isaiah 56-66
The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah
The Elephantine Papyri
Apocalyptic Literature
The "Isaiah Apocalypse" (Isa 24-27)
Zechariah 9-14
The Book of Joel
The Book of Malachi
A Look Back and Ahead
The Consolidation of Traditions 1-2 Chronicles, Psalms, and Proverbs
The Books of Chronicles
Samaria and the Samaritans
The Book of Psalms
Parallelism
Music in Ancient Israel
Wisdom Literature
The Book of Proverbs
A Look Back and Ahead
Dissidents, Lovers, and Heroes Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Jonah, Esther, and Daniel
The Book of Job
The Satan
"I Know That My Redeemer Liveth"
Behemoth and Leviathan
Job's Wife and Daughters
The Book of Ecclesiastes
The Development of Beliefs in Life after Death in Ancient Israel
The Song of Solomon
Historical Romances
The Book of Jonah
The Book of Esther
The Festival of Purim
The Book of Daniel
Angels and Demons
"Son of Man"
A Look Back and Ahead
Appendix: The ApocryphalBooks
Revisions of and Additions to BiblBooks
Historiographic Literature
Historical Fiction
Wisdom Literature
Other Compositions
Chronology
General Bibliography
Glossary
Weights and Measures
Index

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