9780136742760

Rereading the Bible An Introduction to the Biblical Story

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    9780136742760

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    0136742769

  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 1999-06-11
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Summary

This beginning biblical studies text introduces students to readings of both the Old and New Testament.The authors use an "intertextuality" approach, exploring the Bible by examining individual pieces in depth and considering their relevance and development. This alternative approach to looking at the breadth of the biblestarting with Genesis and moving as far forward as time allowsis gaining popularity in biblical studies, especially with more serious biblical scholars.

Table of Contents

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS vii(10)
PROFESSORIAL PREFACE xvii
Part One: Introduction 1(50)
1 LEARNING TO REREAD THE BIBLE
2(24)
What Is the the Bible?
2(10)
The Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
3(5)
The New Testament
8(3)
Terminology
11(1)
What Is Intertextuality and Rereading?
12(11)
Literary Text
13(1)
Social Text
14(7)
Interpretive Text
21(2)
Conclusion: Readers and Stories
23(3)
2 ISRAEL'S DEVELOPING STORY
26(25)
Introduction
26(1)
Review
26(1)
Preview
26(1)
A Survey of the Biblical Historical Narratives
27(13)
Introduction to the Biblical Survey
27(1)
Tetrateuch (and Deuteronomy)
28(5)
Deuteronomistic History
33(5)
The Chronicler
38(1)
Maccabees
38(2)
Outlining Israel's Story. Nehemiah 9:6-37; Sirach 44-50
40(9)
Nehemiah 9:6-37: Ezra's Prayer
41(3)
Influence of Deuteronomic Theology
44(1)
Sirach 44-50: Sirach's Hymn
45(2)
Sirach's Priestly Perspective
47(2)
Conclusion
49(2)
Part Two: The Hebrew Bible 51(162)
3 THE STORY BEHIND ISRAEL'S STORY IN EZRA-NEHEMIAH
52(23)
Introduction
52(1)
Review
52(1)
Preview
52(1)
The Story of the Restoration; Ezra-Nehemiah
53(7)
The Day They Told the Story
53(2)
The Celebration in Its Larger Context
55(5)
Ezra in the Persian Period
60(7)
The Era of Babylon and Persia
61(1)
The Persian Setting
62(5)
Theology and History in Ezra-Nehemiah
67(6)
Introduction
68(1)
Ancient Literary Genres
68(4)
Theology through History
72(1)
Conclusion
73(2)
4 THE STORY OF THE LAW
75(28)
Introduction
75(1)
Review
75(1)
Preview
75(1)
Ezra-Nehemiah Interpreting Law Codes. Nehemiah 7-10
76(10)
Awareness of the Laws in the Pentateuch
76(3)
The Law Calls for Reinterpretation
79(7)
The Story behind the Law Codes of the Pentateuch. Exodus 21:1-23:33
86(11)
Form and Socio-Historical Context of Law
88(5)
Redaction and the Literary Context
93(4)
The Law and the Inheritance of the Land. Genesis 12:1-3; 15:1-11; 17:1-8; Deuteronomy 6:10-25
97(5)
Land as Promise (Genesis 12:1-3; 15:1-11; 17:1-8)
98(2)
Land as Contingency (Deuteronomy 6:10-25)
100(2)
Conclusion
102(1)
5 THE STORY OF THE PROPHETS
103(28)
Introduction
103(1)
Review
103(1)
Preview
103(1)
Haggai and Zechariah: Temple and Not Law. Haggai and Zechariah 1-8; Review Ezra 1-6
104(10)
Prophets in Ezra-Nehemiah
104(2)
The Prophetic Books of Haggai and Zechariah
106(8)
Prophets and the Temple: The Heritage of Haggai and Zechariah. Isaiah 56;66; Jeremiah 7;26; Ezekiel 40:1-4; 44:1-14
114(8)
Isaiah and the Temple: Isaiah 66:1-5
115(3)
Jeremiah and the Temple: Jeremiah 7:1-7
118(1)
Ezekiel and the Temple: Ezekiel 44:9-14
119(3)
Prophecy and the Origins of Apocalypticism. Isaiah 59;65; Daniel 7-12
122(7)
Apocalyptic Eschatology vs. Prophetic Eschatology
123(1)
Apocalypticism Expresses Social Conflict, Special Knowledge
124(1)
Apocalypticism and the Emergence of a Literary Genre
125(4)
Conclusion
129(1)
Appendix to Chapter 5
130(1)
6 THE STORY OF THE TEMPLE
131(27)
Introduction
131(1)
Review
131(1)
Preview
131(1)
David and the Temple: Ezra-Nehemiah and the Chronicler. l Chronicles 17;22-29; 2 Chronicles l-7. Review Ezra 1-6
132(9)
Introduction
132(1)
Summary of the Chronicler's Story of the Temple
133(4)
The Chronicler's Social Text
137(4)
The Temple in the Deuteronomistic Historian's View. 2 Kings 22-23; 2 Chronicles 34-35; Deuteronomy 12
141(8)
Josiah and His Reforms: 2 Kings 22-23
142(4)
The Deuteronomic Law and Centralization: Deuteronomy 12:1-32
146(3)
The Temple and the Eternal Hope of Restoration. Sirach 50:1-5; Tobit 14:4-5; Selections from the Dead Sea Scrolls
149(7)
Sirach and Tobit
150(1)
The Witness of Qumran
151(5)
Conclusion
156(2)
7 THE STORY OF KINGSHIP
158(28)
Introduction
158(1)
Review
158(1)
Preview
158(1)
"I shall build Him a House... " The Davidic Promise. 2 Samuel 7:4-17; 1 Chronicles 17:3-15
159(9)
The Problem of Restoration
159(3)
The Chronicler's Interpretation of Nathan's Promise
162(6)
"I Shall Be his Father, and He Shall Be my Son... " The King as a Sacral Figure. 1 Samuel 8:1-22; Psalms 2,110, 45
168(8)
The Social and Political Fallout of Kingship
168(3)
The Elevation to Sonship
171(5)
"The Throne of his Kingdom Forever": Between Now and Then. Isaiah 7:1-17; 9:1-7; 11: 1-10; Selections from Daniel, The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Pseudepigrapha
176(8)
The Isaiah Trilogy and Daniel
176(4)
The Messianic Promise in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Pseudepigrapha
180(4)
Conclusion
184(2)
8 THE STORY OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD
186(27)
Introduction
186(1)
Review
186(1)
Preview
186(1)
Ezra-Nehemiah and the Exiles Ezra 9; Jeremiah 31; Ezekiel 23; Isaiah 49:1-6
187(8)
Israel; A Remnant of Exiles, Ezra 9
188(2)
Ezekiel 23, Jeremiah 31, and Deutero-Isaiah
190(5)
God's People and the Covenant with Abraham. Ezra 9; Nehemiah 10; Genesis 15,17 and 49
195(7)
The Meaning of Covenant in Ezra and Nehemiah
195(1)
Genesis 15, and Yahweh's Promise
196(4)
Genesis 17 Rereads Genesis 15
200(2)
God's People, Covenant, and the Obligations of the Mosaic Law.Deuteronomy 1-11; 26:16-34:12
202(8)
The Framework of the Deuteronomic Code
203(1)
Covenant in the Introduction to the Law: Deuteronomy 6:20-25; Deuteronomy 5:1-4
204(2)
The Social Text of the Covenant of Obligation
206(2)
Treaty, Cultic Instruction, Wisdom
208(2)
Conclusion
210(3)
Part Three: The Story of Jesus and His Earliest Followers 213(64)
9 THE WORLD OF JESUS AND HIS FOLLOWERS
214(27)
Introduction
214(1)
Review
214(1)
Preview
214(1)
Palestine in Jesus' Time. Luke 1-4
215(7)
Jewish History before the Ministry of Jesus
216(3)
Palestine in Jesus' Day
219(3)
The World of Jesus' Followers: Palestine after Jesus. Acts 12; 21; 23-26
222(5)
The House of Herod
222(1)
The Successors of Pilate
223(2)
The Jewish Revolt against Rome
225(2)
The World beyond Palestine. Acts 17-19
227(13)
Religion in the Hellenistic World
228(9)
Judaism of the Diaspora
237(3)
Conclusion
240(1)
10 THE STORY OF JESUS AND HIS FOLLOWERS
241(36)
Introduction
241(1)
Review and Preview
241(1)
Introducing Luke-Acts
242(10)
The Sources behind the New Testament Narratives
243(3)
The New Testament Narratives as Sources for the History of Jesus and the Early Church
246(4)
The Authorship and Date of Luke-Acts
250(2)
Luke's Story of Jesus: The Gospel of Luke
252(11)
The Births of Jesus and John (Luke 1-2)
252(1)
The Ministry of John Jesus' Baptism and Temptation (Luke 3:1-4:13)
253(2)
Jesus' Galilean Ministry (Luke 4:14-9:50)
255(3)
The Journey to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51-19:44)
258(3)
Jesus' Ministry at the Temple (Luke 19:45-21:37)
261(1)
Jesus' Passion (Luke 22-23)
261(1)
The Resurrection (Luke 24)
262(1)
Luke's Story of the Early Church: The Acts of the Apostles
263(6)
The Witness to Jerusalem (Acts 1:1-8:1a)
263(2)
The Witness to Judea and Samaria (Acts 8:1b-11;18)
265(1)
The Witness to the Ends of the Earth (Acts 11:19-28:31)
266(3)
Excursus. Reading the New Testament Narratives for Historical Information. A Case Study; The Birth of Jesus
269(2)
Conclusion
271(6)
Part Four: The Revisitation of Israel's Tradition in the New Testament 277(134)
11 REREADING THE STORY OF KINGSHIP
278(31)
Introduction
278(1)
Review
278(1)
Preview
278(1)
"The Kingdom of God is Like... ": Speaking in Parables. Matthew 13; Compare Mark 4
279(9)
"Hear then the Parable... "
279(3)
Reading Jesus Rereading the Tradition: The Mustard Seed
282(6)
"Are You the Messiah?" The Markan Passion Narrative. Mark 14-15
288(10)
The Text behind the Text of Mark's Passion Narrative
288(3)
The Literary Text of Mark's Passion Narrative: The Death of the King
291(7)
All Things under His Feet: Defeating the Enemies of God. 1 Corinthians 1-4;15
298(8)
Paul and His Letters
298(1)
The Text behind the Text of 1 Corinthians (1 Corinthians 1-4)
299(1)
The Resurrection and the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 15)
300(6)
Conclusion
306(3)
12 REREADING THE STORY OF THE TEMPLE
309(30)
Introduction
309(2)
Review
309(1)
The Story Continues
309(1)
Preview
310(1)
Not One Stone on Another: Two Responses to the Destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple
311(4)
The Response of 4 Ezra (4 Ezra 3; 9:26-10:59; 13:1-58)
311(2)
The Response of the Gospel of Luke (Luke 19:41-44;21:5-36)
313(2)
A Holy Temple to the Lord.Ephesians 2
315(6)
Rereading the Expectations of a New Temple
316(1)
Rereading Paul
317(4)
"You Are a Priest Forever": The New Priesthood and New Covenant. Hebrews l;7:1-28; 8:1-10:18
321(8)
The Text behind the Text of Hebrews (Hebrews 1)
321(1)
The New Priesthood (Hebrews 7:1-28)
322(6)
The New Covenant (Hebrews 8:1-10:18)
328(1)
A Bride Adorned for Her Husband: The New Jerusalem of Revelation 21-22
329(8)
Introduction
330(2)
Rereading Jewish Textual Traditions
332(5)
Conclusion
337(2)
13 REREADING THE STORY OF THE LAW
339(24)
Introduction
339(1)
Review
339(1)
Preview
339(1)
"The Law Was Our Disciplinarian": Paul and the Galatians. Galatians 1:1-5:12
340(8)
The Text behind the Text of Galatians
340(2)
"The Promises Were Made to Abraham"
342(3)
An Allegory based on Sarah and Hagar (4:2-5:1)
345(3)
Fulfilling the Law and the Prophets: Matthew and the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew 5-7
348(13)
The Text behind the Text of the Sermon on the Mount
348(3)
The Gospel as the Framework for Interpreting the Sermon
351(1)
Blessing and the Basis of Jesus' Interpretation of the Law (5:3-16)
352(1)
Conclusion: Doing What God Requires ("Dualing" Pictures) (7:13-27)
353(1)
Fulfilling the Law and the Prophets (5:17-20)
353(3)
The Law and the Prophets (Reprise) (7:12)
356(3)
The New Covenant and the Law (Matt. 1:1-17, 26;26-29)
359(2)
Conclusion
361(2)
14 REREADING THE STORY OF PROPHECY AND THE PROPHETS
363(24)
Introduction
363(1)
Review
363(1)
Preview
363(1)
"This Happened to Fulfill What Was Spoken by the Prophets": Matthew's Rereading of the Prophets. Matthew 1-2
364(20)
"Look the Virgin Shall Conceive"
365(2)
Matthew's Way of Interpreting the Scriptures
367(2)
Jesus: The Prophet like Moses
369(3)
Prophecy among the Early Christians. 1 Corinthians 11-14; Selections from the Pastoral Epistles
372(1)
Introduction
373(1)
Prophecy in Corinth (1 Corinthians 11-14)
373(7)
Silencing the Prophets: The Pastoral Epistles (1 Timothy 2:8-15; Titus 1:5-9)
380(4)
Conclusion
384(3)
15 REREADING THE STORY OF THE PEOPLE
387(24)
Introduction
387(1)
"Has God Rejected his People?" God's Salvation for Jews and Gentiles. Romans 15:7-13; 9:1-11:36
388(11)
The Text behind Paul's Letter to the Romans
388(2)
Approaching Romans 9-11
390(1)
Reading Romans 9-11
390(6)
Rereading the Deuteronomistic Pattern
396(3)
"That They May Be One": The People in the Gospel of John. John 14-17
399(8)
The Farewell Discourse of Jesus and the People of God
402(5)
Conclusion: "Disinheriting the Jews?" John 8:31-49
407(4)
EPILOGUE: THE REREADING CONTINUES 411(3)
GLOSSARY 414(13)
INDEX OF TOPICS PERSONS, AND BIBLICAL BOOKS 427(6)
INDEX OF BIBLICAL TEXTS DISCUSSED 433(4)
INDEX OF CLOSER LOOK BOXES 437(1)
INDEX OF MAPS 438

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