9780801025976

From Paradise to the Promised Land : An Introduction to the Pentateuch

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    9780801025976

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    0801025974

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-09-01
  • Publisher: Baker Academic

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Summary

Modern studies of the Pentateuch have too often focused on their origin rather than their actual content. By concentrating on the unifying elements, Alexander offers an in-depth look at this first section of the Old Testament, revealing the larger picture. With this accessible introduction he also identifies prominent themes and connections between the Pentateuch and the New Testament. (58)

Author Biography

T. Desmond Alexander is director of Christian training, Union Theological College, Belfast, and formerly lecturer in Semitic studies at The Queen's University in Belfast. He is the coeditor of the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology.

Table of Contents

Preface xii
Abbreviations xix
Maps and Diagrams
xxiii
Map: Ancient Near East, Egypt and Canaan
xxiv
Diagram: The Israelite Camp xxvi
The Tabernacle xxvii
Part 1 Pentateuchal Criticism
Introduction to Pentateuchal Criticism
3(4)
Source Criticism
4(1)
Form Criticism
4(1)
Traditio-historical Criticism
4(1)
Literary Criticism
5(2)
The Rise of the Documentary Hypothesis
7(24)
The Older Documentary Hypothesis
7(2)
The Fragmentary Hypothesis
9(2)
The Supplementary Hypothesis
11(1)
The New Documentary Hypothesis
12(2)
The Documentary Hypothesis of Graf, Vatke and Wellhausen
14(2)
Models for Explaining the Composition of the Pentateuch
16(1)
Distinctive Vocabulary
17(2)
The Divine Names in Genesis
19(3)
Doublets
22(1)
Implications for the History of Israelite Religion
23(7)
Conclusion
30(1)
Going Behind the Documents
31(11)
Form Criticism
31(3)
Traditio-historical Criticism
34(5)
The Limitations of Traditio-historical Criticism Illustrated
39(3)
The Documentary Hypothesis Under Threat
42(20)
Modifications to the Documentary Hypothesis
42(11)
The J source
42(3)
The E source
45(3)
The D source
48(2)
The P source
50(3)
Alternatives to the Documentary Hypothesis
53(8)
Winnett, Wagner, Redford and Van Seters
53(3)
Rendtorff and Blum
56(3)
Whybray
59(2)
Conclusion
61(1)
The Sinai Narrative -- A Test Case
62(18)
The Narrative Framework of the Divine Speeches in 19:3--6 and 20:22--24:2
63(6)
Exodus 20:22 and the Decalogue
69(1)
Deuteronomistic Redaction and the Sinai Narrative
69(4)
The Source Analysis of Exodus 19
73(5)
Conclusion
78(2)
The Future of Pentateuchal Studies
80(17)
Looking to the Future
80(3)
Why was the Pentateuch Composed?
83(14)
Part 2 The Main Themes of the Pentateuch
An Overview of the Pentateuch
97(4)
The Royal Lineage in Genesis
101(13)
Summary
101(1)
Introduction
101(1)
The Structure of Genesis
101(2)
The Chosen `Seed'
103(2)
The Lineage of Adam
105(6)
Conclusion
111(1)
New Testament Connections
112(2)
The Blessing of the Nations
114(15)
Summary
114(1)
Introduction
114(1)
Creator and Creation in Harmony
115(1)
In the Garden of Eden
115(3)
Outside Eden
118(2)
Abraham and the Blessing of the Nations
120(2)
Blessing in the Remainder of Genesis
122(5)
Conclusion
127(1)
New Testament Connections
127(2)
Paradise Lost
129(14)
Summary
129(1)
Introduction
129(1)
The Creation of the Earth
130(1)
The Garden of Eden as Sanctuary
131(1)
Expelled from Eden
132(1)
Cain -- a Restless Wanderer on the Earth
132(1)
The Flood Narrative
133(2)
Noah, a Man of the Soil
135(1)
The Table of Nations
135(1)
The Tower of Babel
135(1)
The Abraham Narrative
136(2)
The Jacob Story
138(1)
The Joseph Story
139(1)
Conclusion
140(1)
New Testament Connections
141(2)
By Faith Abraham ...
143(14)
Summary
143(1)
Introduction
143(1)
Overview of the Abraham Narrative
144(1)
The Divine Call of Abraham in Genesis 12:1--3
145(1)
The Unconditional Promissory Covenant of Genesis 15
146(1)
The Eternal Covenant of Circumcision
147(2)
The Divine Oath in Genesis 22:16--18
149(3)
Conclusion
152(1)
New Testament Connections
153(4)
Who is the Lord?
157(13)
Summary
157(1)
An Overview of Exodus
157(1)
The Israelites in Egypt
158(1)
The Lord Reveals Himself to Moses
159(2)
Signs and Wonders in Egypt
161(3)
The Sinai Covenant
164(2)
Conclusion
166(1)
New Testament Connections
166(4)
The Passover
170(6)
Summary
170(1)
Introduction
170(1)
The Amount of the Passover
171(2)
The Purpose of the Passover Ritual
173(1)
Conclusion
174(1)
New Testament Connections
174(2)
The Covenant at Sinai
176(16)
Summary
176(1)
Introduction
176(1)
The Principal Covenant Obligations -- the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:1--17)
177(4)
The Detailed Covenant Obligations
181(1)
The Legal Material of the Book of the Covenant (Ex. 21:1--22:20)
182(1)
Moral Symmetry
183(1)
The Sanctity of Life
183(1)
Moral Imperatives (Ex. 22:21--23:9)
184(1)
Instructions Concerning the Sabbath and Religious Festivals
185(1)
The Reciprocal Nature of the Covenant
186(1)
The Ratification of the Covenant
186(1)
Rebellion in the Camp
186(2)
Conclusion
188(1)
New Testament Connections
188(4)
Jesus and the Law
188(2)
Paul and the Law
190(1)
The New Covenant
190(2)
The Tabernacle
192(12)
Summary
192(1)
Introduction
192(2)
A Royal Tent
194(2)
A Holy Tent
196(4)
A Tent of Meeting
200(1)
The Provision of Materials and Skilled Craftsmen
201(1)
Conclusion
202(1)
New Testament Connections
202(2)
Be Holy
204(12)
Summary
204(1)
Introduction
204(2)
Holy, Clean and Unclean
206(4)
Holiness
210(2)
Uncleanness
212(1)
The Relationship Between Holiness and Uncleanness
212(1)
Conclusion
213(1)
New Testament Connections
214(2)
The Sacrificial System
216(11)
Summary
216(1)
Introduction
216(2)
The General Pattern for Animal Sacrifices
218(1)
The Five Types of Sacrifices
219(4)
The burnt offering (Lev. 1:2--17; 6:8--13)
219(1)
The cereal offering (Lev 2:1--16; 6:14--23)
220(1)
The peace offering (Lev. 3:1--17; 7:11--21)
221(1)
The purification offering (Lev. 4:1--5:13; 6:24--30)
221(1)
The reparation offering (Lev. 5:14--6:7; 7:1--10)
222(1)
The Day of Atonement (Lev. 16:1--34)
223(1)
The purification of the sanctuary
223(1)
The scapegoat
224(1)
The burnt offerings
224(1)
Conclusion
224(1)
New Testament Connections
225(2)
Jesus Christ as a sacrifice
225(1)
Jesus Christ as high priest
226(1)
The Clean and the Unclean Foods
227(8)
Summary
227(1)
Introduction
227(1)
The Food Regulations Summarised
228(1)
The Function of the Food Regulations
228(2)
The Rationale Behind the Clean/Unclean Classification
230(1)
The Blood Prohibition
231(1)
Conclusion
232(1)
New Testament Connections
232(3)
Towards the Promised Land
235(7)
Summary
235(1)
Introduction
235(1)
Preparations for the Journey
236(2)
The Role of the Levites
238(1)
Further Preparations to Enter the Land of Canaan
239(2)
Conclusion
241(1)
New Testament Connections
241(1)
Murmurings
242(11)
Summary
242(1)
Introduction
242(1)
Murmurings Against the Lord
243(3)
Challenges Against Those in Authority
246(2)
Religious Apostasy
248(1)
Destination -- the Promised Land
249(1)
Conclusion
249(1)
New Testament Connections
250(3)
Love and Loyalty
253(12)
Summary
253(1)
Introduction
253(2)
Deuteronomy and Ancient Near Eastern Treaties
255(2)
Love the Lord
257(4)
Be Loyal to the Lord
261(1)
Conclusion
262(1)
New Testament Connections
263(2)
Why Israel?
265(12)
Summary
265(1)
Introduction
265(1)
The Election of Israel
266(5)
Israel and the Nations
271(2)
Election and Responsibility
273(2)
Conclusion
275(1)
New Testament Connections
275(2)
Conclusion 277(4)
A Light to the Nations
277(1)
A Royal Descendant
278(1)
Beyond the Pentateuch
279(2)
Recommended Further Reading 281(7)
Selected Bibliography 288(31)
Scripture Index 319(18)
Names Index 337

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