Introduction to the Old Testament A Liberation Perspective

ISBN-10: 1570753482

ISBN-13: 9781570753480

Edition: 2001 (Revised)

Authors: Anthony R. Ceresko

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List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Orbis Books
Publication date: 3/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

List of Illustrations and Maps
Preface to the Revised and Expanded Edition
The Bible in the Modern World
The Bible and Today's World
The Bible and Politics
The Bible and the Church
The Bible and the University
The Bible and Popular Culture
Sociology and the Bible
Liberation Theology and the Bible
The Hermeneutical Privilege of the Poor
The Hermeneutic of Suspicion
A Liberation Perspective
New Lands and New Eyes for Reading the Bible
A Modern Look at Biblical Times
Modern Discoveries and the Historical Critical Approach to the Bible
The Bible and the Ancient World
The Geography of Palestine
The Pentateuch
The Historical Background of the Ancient Near East
The Fertile Crescent and the Birth of Civilization
The History of the Ancient Near East Prior to the Appearance of Israel
The Ancestors of Israel
The Formation of the Traditions in Genesis 12-50 and the Origins of Early Israel
Reading between the Lines of Genesis 12-50
The Documentary Hypothesis
The Documentary Hypothesis or Four-Source Theory
An Example of Source Criticism
The Context for the Pentateuch's Foundational Story
The Four Sources
Creation of the Pentateuch
Israel's Scriptures: A Liberating Word
A Practical Application of Source Criticism: A Story from the Yahwist
The Exodus
Historical Background
The Moses Group
Egypt under Pharaoh Ramses II (1290-1224 B.C.E.)
The Exodus Itself
The Paradigmatic Nature of the Exodus Traditions
The Rise of Israel in Canaan
The "Conquest" of Canaan
Conquest or Gradual Settlement?
A Third Way: The Social Revolution Model
The Context of the Social Revolution
The "El-Federation" and the Entry of the Moses Group
Israel in the Period of the Judges
Life in the Central Highlands
Yahwism: The Religion of the Social Revolution
The Uniqueness of Israel's Religion
Unanswered Questions
Other Aspects of Early Israel's Faith
The Period of the Monarchy
The Book of Deuteronomy and the Deuteronomistic History
The Book of Deuteronomy
The Origins of the Book of Deuteronomy and the Deuteronomic Reform
The Socio-economic Elements in the Deuteronomic Reform
The Deuteronomistic History (DH)
The Origins of the Deuteronomistic History
Key Themes of the Deuteronomistic History
The Sources for the Deuteronomistic History
The Two Editions of the Deuteronomistic History
The Philistines and Saul
The Origins of the Philistines
The Philistines and the External Threat to Early Israel
Saul and the Initial Attempt to Meet the Philistine Crisis
From Chieftain to King
Internal Factors in the Rise of the Monarchy
The Rise of David
Factors That Facilitated Centralization and Monarchy
Kingship and Zion
Solomon: The Triumph of the Counter-Revolution
Changes in Israel's Way of Life
Political Changes
Military Changes
Socio-economic Changes
Religious Changes
The Divided Monarchy
The Shift from Tribal League to Monarchy
A Brief History of the Divided Monarchy
The Northern Kingdom (Israel), 922-722 B.C.E.
The Southern Kingdom (Judah), 922-587 B.C.E.
Reflections on the Monarchy
Prophecy in the Pre-Exilic Period
The Origins and Definition of Prophecy
The Word Prophet
The More Remote Background of Israelite Prophecy
The More Immediate Background of Israelite Prophecy
The Prophet in Israel: Messenger of the Divine Assembly
The Dispute between Prophets and Kings
From Preaching Prophets to Writing Prophets
The Preaching Prophets
The Eighth-Century B.C.E. Prophets: Amos and Hosea
Repentance and Return
Isaiah and His Successors
The Power and Subtlety of Isaiah's Poetry
The Unrelenting Doom in His Message
Isaiah and the Royal/Davidic and Jerusalem/Zion Traditions
Isaiah's First Period of Ministry: The Syro-Ephraimite Crisis of 735 B.C.E.
The Sennacherib Invasion and Crisis, 705-701 B.C.E.
Isaiah and the "Holy One" of Israel
The Isaiah Tradition and the Book of Isaiah
The Historical Background to Jeremiah's Prophetic Career
Jeremiah's Message
The Question of True and False Prophecy
The Jeremian Tradition
Jeremiah's "Confessions"
The Basis for Hope in Jeremiah
The Exile and the Restoration
The Destruction of Jerusalem, the Exile, and the Prophet Ezekiel
The Destruction of Jerusalem and the Devastation of Judah
Israel in Exile
The Situation in the Major Centers of Judaism, 587-539 B.C.E.
Judah and Jerusalem
The Prophet Ezekiel
Ezekiel's Character and Accomplishments
Ezekiel's Doctrine and Work
Second Isaiah (Is 40-55)
The Historical Context and Its Relationship to the Rest of the Book
The Shape and Style of Second Isaiah
The Purpose of Second Isaiah
The Message of Second Isaiah
Comfort and Reassurance
Strategy for Reconciliation
Creative Redemption
The Servant of Yahweh
The Servant Language in the New Testament
Two Important Lessons from Second Isaiah
New Testament Use of Old Testament Texts
Vicarious Suffering
The Reestablishment of a Jewish Community in Jerusalem and Judah
The Four Stages of the Return and Reestablishment
The Priestly Writer and the Completion of the Pentateuch
The Pentateuch and the Deuteronomistic History
The Writings
The Psalms
Hebrew Poetry
The Liturgical Origin of the Psalms
The Psalm Forms
The Hymn or Song of Praise
The Individual Lament or Song of Supplication
The Individual Thanksgiving Song
The Communal Lament
Royal Psalms
Minor Categories
The Shape of the Psalter
The Socio-historic Setting of the Psalms
Wisdom in Israel
The Development and Background of Israelite Wisdom
The Origins of the Scribal School
The Royal Scribal School in Israel
Scribal Circles after the Exile
The Forms of Hebrew Wisdom
The Proverb
The Liberating Potential of Proverb and Parable
Other Forms or Genres
The Wisdom Writings: Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Sirach, and the Book of Wisdom
The Book of Proverbs
The Book of Job
The Book of Ecclesiastes (Qoheleth)
The Book of Sirach (Ecclesiasticus or Ben Sira)
The Book of Wisdom (Wisdom of Solomon)
Daniel and the Apocalyptic Literature
Historical Background
The Nature of Apocalyptic Literature
The Book of Daniel
Historical Background
The Book of Daniel
Apocalyptic as a Background to the New Testament
Some Conclusions
The Old Testament: A Liberation Perspective
The Bible and Today's World
The Hermeneutic of Suspicion
The Hermeneutical Privilege of the Poor
Liberation and Israel's God
Liberation and Covenant
Liberation and Life
The Bible and Contemporary Socio-economic Issues
The Bible and Decision-making
The Bible and Human Liberation
General Index
Scripture Index
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