Theological Introduction to the Old Testament

ISBN-10: 068706676X

ISBN-13: 9780687066766

Edition: 2nd 2005

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This book has become a standard text inseminary and university classrooms. The purpose of this second editionisto help readers come to a critically informed understanding of the Old Testament as the church's scripture. This book introduces the Old Testament both as a witness of ancient Israel and as a witness to the church and synagogue through the generations of those who have passed these texts on as scripture. The authors of this volume share a commitment to the interpretation of the Old Testament as a central resource for the life of the church today. At the same time, theyintroduce the Old Testament witness in a manner that honors the importance of biblical scholarship in helping students engage the variety of theological voices within the Old Testament. This second edition gives special attention to deepening and broadeningtheological interpretations by including, for example, issues related to gender, race, and class. Italso includesmore detailed maps and charts for student use.
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List price: $44.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 9/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 504
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.760
Language: English

Bruce C. Birch is Dean and Woodrow W. and Mildred B. Miller Professor of Biblical Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He is a contributing author to volume II of the New Interpreter's Bible and The Old Testament: A Theological Introduction.

Terence E. Fretheim

Billy Hopkins (better known to his family and friends as Wilfred Hopkins) was born in Collyhurst in 1928 and attended schools in Manchester. Before going into higher education, he worked as a copy boy for the Manchester Guardian. He later studied at the Universities of London, Manchester and Leeds and was involved in school-teaching and teacher-training in Liverpool, Manchester, Salford and Glasgow. He also worked in African universities in Kenya, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Billy Hopkins, author, husband and father of six, died aged 83 on May 29 2012.David L. Petersen is Franklin Nutting Parker Professor of Old Testament at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the author of several books and he serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Old Testament Library series.

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
List of Abbreviations
The Old Testament as Theological Witness
Key topics
Approaches to OT theology
Canon and scripture
Text and context (ancient and modern)
The Created Order and the Re-creation of Broken Order
Key topics
Creation and Creator
The human role
Broken creation
Primeval history
Key texts
Gen 1-11
Promises Made, Threatened, and Fulfilled
Key topics
The promise to the ancestors
The Joseph story
Key texts
Gen 12-50
Bondage, Exodus, Wilderness
Key topics
Bondage in Egypt
The Exodus God
The role of Moses
The wilderness
Key texts
Exod 1-18, selected psalms
The Structures of Covenant Life
Key topics
The theophany at Sinai
Covenant-nature and structures
Sacrifice and holiness
Key texts
Exod 19-40, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
"The People of the Land"
Key topics
Conflict with previous inhabitants
Holy war
The role of the land
Settlement and tribal league
Key texts
Joshua, Judges
The Rise of the Monarchy
Key topics
Rise of kingship
Emerging nation and new roles of leadership
Pivotal role of David
Solomonic rule
Temple worship with psalms
Key texts
1-2 Samuel, 1 Kgs 1-11, selected psalms
Kings and Prophets in the Divided Kingdom
Key topics
Division of the kingdom
Nationhood among the empires
Conflict with the Baalists
Elijah and Elisha
Nature of early prophecy
Temple worship and the psalms
Key texts
1 Kgs 12-2 Kgs 13, selected psalms
Prophecy and Reform: From Jeroboam to Josiah
Key topics
The nature of classical prophecy
The eighth-century prophets and their context
Deuteronomic Reform
Key texts
2 Kgs 14-25, Amos, Hosea, Micah, Isa 1-39, Deuteronomy, Zephaniah
Key topics
Jeremiah and the national crisis
Destruction and exile
Exile as historical and theological crisis
The image of Babylon
Hope in the midst of exile
Key texts
Jeremiah, Lamentations, Nahum, Habakkuk, Ezekiel, Isa 40-55
Wisdom, Order, Protest
Key topics
Wisdom theology
Key texts
Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, selected psalms
New Life, Renewed Community, New Crises
Key topics
Return, the rebuilding of the temple, and the reconstitution of the community
Torah and temple
Identity and conflict in the community and among the nations
Crisis and apocalyptic
The final shape of the Psalter
Key texts
1-2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Remaining Minor Prophets, Isa 56-66, Song of Songs, Daniel, Ruth, Esther, selected psalms
Scripture Index
Topical Index
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