Higher Education

Reading the Old Testament: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, 4th Edition

  • Barry L. Bandstra Hope College
  • ISBN-10: 0495391050  |  ISBN-13: 9780495391050
  • 576 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2004, 1999, 1995
  • © 2009 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $167.25
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Teach your students how to read the Hebrew Bible and mine the rich Biblical text for significant literary, historical, and thematic meanings with this bestselling introduction to the Old Testament. Written by leading scholar Barry Bandstra, READING THE OLD TESTAMENT: INTRODUCTION TO THE HEBREW BIBLE, Fourth Edition combines engaging, conversational prose, visual elements such as maps, timelines and artwork, and innovative technology. The book actively applies recent literary, rhetorical, and structural studies that shed light on art, design, coherence, characterization, theme, and other literary features of the Hebrew Bible. The text's highly acclaimed technology, also created by Barry Bandstra, is part of an innovative, instructional website that accompanies this edition. This site includes resources such as: the entire text of the Bible, text from the book, and an interactive study guide. Marginal call-outs connect the text to technology resources for the strong Old Testament introduction your students need.

Features and Benefits

  • "This edition features an online Resource Center that provides all of the content previously available on CD. You'll find the entire Bible (New English Translation) as well as the highly acclaimed interactive study guide written by the author. In addition, online course management tools and an interactive faculty community are available to help you save time and connect with your colleagues."
  • In response to reviewer feedback, this edition includes text call-outs that link to corresponding content on the premium site, including quizzes that cover key terms and chapter content; maps, timelines, tables, and graphics for each chapter; chapter bibliographies useful for students writing papers; and the complete text of the Bible.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reading the Bible.
1. Genesis 1-11: The Primeval Story.
2. Genesis 12-50: The Ancestral Story.
3. Exodus: Deliverance and Covenant.
4. Leviticus and Numbers: In the Wilderness.
5. Deuteronomy: The Torah of Moses.
6. Joshua: The Conquest of Canaan.
7. Judges: Securing the Land.
8. Samuel: The Rise of Kingship.
9. Kings 1: The Early Monarchy.
10. Kings 2: The Assyrian Crisis.
11. Kings 3: The Babylonian Crisis.
12. Exilic Prophecy: Hope for the Future.
13. Post-exilic Prophecy: Return and Restoration.
14. Psalms: Complaint and Thanksgiving.
15. Proverbs and Job: The Wisdom of Israel.
16. Five Scrolls: Stories of the People.
17. Daniel: From History to Apocalypse.
18. Chronicler's History: Retelling the Story After the Hebrew Bible.
19. Apocrypha: Additions to the Story.
20. Pseudepigrapha: In Their Name.
Conclusion: The Biblical Canon.

What's New

  • In response to feedback from instructors, this edition addresses postmodern treatments of the literary tradition of the Old Testament. As a result, the text is more comprehensive and inclusive of hot topics in Old Testament research.
  • Expanded selection on the non-canonicals and the creation of the canon provides more thorough coverage for your students.
  • Coverage of contemporary debates about Biblical issues in this edition exposes your students to some of today's latest thinking and discussion.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Barry L. Bandstra

A respected scholar and teacher in the field of religious and Biblical studies, Barry L. Bandstra received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literature from Yale University. He also holds degrees from Calvin Theological Seminary and the University of Illinois at Urbana. He is the chairman of the Religion Department at Hope College, where his primary teaching fields are Biblical studies and Biblical theology. He also serves as director of instructional technology. In addition to this Old Testament text and the accompanying interactive study guide, Barry Bandstra has published articles and reviews on many aspects of religion and scripture. He is married and has three sons.