Getting the Old Testament What It Meant to Them, What It Means for Us

ISBN-10: 0801045746
ISBN-13: 9780801045745
Edition: N/A
Authors: Steven L. Bridge
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Publisher: Baker Academic
Publication date: 7/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction-Overhearing the Old Testament
The Law (Torah)
The First Creation Story-Is It True?
Defining the Controversy
Historical Truth: Modern vs. Ancient Approaches
The Historical Context of Genesis 1
The Enuma Elish
The Truth Claims of Genesis 1
The Second Creation Story-Internal Contradictions?
Genesis 1 vs. Genesis 2: Comparative Discrepancies
Truth in Contradiction
The Truth Claims of Genesis 2
Summary of Findings
The Great Flood-Revising History
Noah's Ark: Now and Then
Historical Considerations
Internal Contradictions
Ethical/Theological Concerns
Literary Background
Summary/Conclusion
The Abraham Narratives-Middle East Implications
The Foreground: The 9/11 Attacks and Their "Justification"
The Background: The Abraham Narratives of Genesis 12-21
Duplications and Contradictions
Conclusion: The Choice before Us
The Torah-Beyond the Ten Commandments
The Torah Defined
Narrative History: From Abraham to Moses
The Gift of the Torah
Unwrapping the Gift: The Torah Decoded
Summary and Conclusion
The Prophets (Nevi'im)
The Prophets-God's Spokespersons
Prophecy: Modern Conceptions
Prophecy: Ancient Role
The Prophets' Place in Old Testament History
The Message of the Prophets
Historical Aftermath
Conclusion
The Book of Jonah-Prophecy Parodied
Jonah's Whale
The Biblical Story
Jonah's Original Audience and the Purpose of This Book
The Book of Daniel-Prophecy of the End
A Modern Apocalypse: The Bible Code
An Old Testament Apocalypse: The Book of Daniel
Wisdom Elements (Dan 1-6)
Daniel's Visions (Dan 7-12)
Collective Correspondence: The Meaning of the Visions
The Bible Code and the Book of Daniel: Functional Similarities
The Purpose of the Book of Daniel in Light of Its Historical Context
Postscript
The Writings (Kethuvim)
The Book of Proverbs-Conventional Wisdom
Contemporary Conventional Wisdom (CW)
CW and the Priority of Religion/Spirituality
CW in the Old Testament: The Book of Proverbs
The Two Ways of Proverbs
Summary/Conclusion
The Book of Ecclesiastes-Unconventional Wisdom I
"Chaff" and the Meaning of Life
Qoheleth
Affiliation with the Wisdom Literature
All Things "Vapor"
Qoheleth's Experiment and the Problem with Death
Qoheleth's Problems with Life
Qoheleth's Solution
Ecclesiastes' Conclusion (Eccl 12:1-8)
The Epilogue (Eccl 12:9-14)
The Aftermath: Immortality and the Legacy of Ecclesiastes
The Book of Job-Unconventional Wisdom II
The "Iron Horse"
ALS: The Disease and Its Victims
The Literary Structure of the Book of Job
The Narrative Prose
The Poetic Dialogues
The Rhetorical Aim of Job
Job's Original Setting?
Summary and Conclusion
Conclusion
Narrative Timeline 1 (Creation to the United Monarchy)
Ancient Near Eastern Laws and the Torah
Comparative Canons of Scripture
Narrative Timeline 2 (United Monarchy to Greek Rule)
The Writing Prophets
The Prophetic Notion of Justice
Equidistant Letter Sequencing Explained
Proverbs' Two Ways (Behaviors)
Proverbs' Two Ways (Consequences)
Wisdom 2:1-3:11
Suggested Reading
Index of Subjects

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