The Hebrew Bible

The Hebrew Bible

A Critical Companion

Book - 2016
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This book brings together some of the world's most exciting scholars from across a variety of disciplines to provide a concise and accessible guide to the Hebrew Bible. It covers every major genre of book in the Old Testament together with in-depth discussions of major themes such as human nature, covenant, creation, ethics, ritual and purity, sacred space, and monotheism. This authoritative overview sets each book within its historical and cultural context in the ancient Near East, paying special attention to its sociological setting. It provides new insights into the reception of the books and the different ways they have been studied, from historical-critical enquiry to modern advocacy approaches such as feminism and liberation theology. It also includes a guide to biblical translations and textual criticism and helpful suggestions for further reading.

Featuring contributions from experts with backgrounds in the Jewish and Christian faith traditions as well as secular scholars in the humanities and social sciences, The Hebrew Bible is the perfect starting place for anyone seeking a user-friendly introduction to the Old Testament, and an invaluable reference book for students and teachers.

Publisher: Princeton :, Princeton University Press,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780691154718
Branch Call Number: 221.61 HE
Characteristics: xii, 613 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Barton, John 1948-- Editor


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Aug 25, 2016

This was not what I expected. What it is - is a companion (as stated in subtitle)- and in this case what that means is that the texts themselves are not included.
So it is not commentary in a direct way on scriptural texts.
It is a set of essays from hardcore academicians and often difficult to read and about at least to me were/are obscure points/issues.
So this is not for laypersons it really is for specialists.
As such finding essays that you may have interest in is possible in the book and with fore-knowledge you will find information that is difficult to access otherwise.


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