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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. Marginal call-outs connect the text to technology resources for the strong Old Testament introduction your students need.
- 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.
- "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.
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.