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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Reading the Bible.
Part 1: TORAH: PROLOGUE TO THE TORAH.
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.
Part 2: PROPHETS: PROLOGUE TO THE PROPHETS.
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.
Part 3: WRITINGS: PROLOGUE TO THE WRITINGS.
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.