Introduction to the Historical Books : Strategies for Reading

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  • Copyright: 2010-01-15
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co
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Steven McKenzie here surveys the historical books of the Old Testament Joshua through Ezra-Nehemiah for their historical context, contents, form, and themes, communicating them clearly and succinctly for an introductory audience. / By providing a better understanding of biblical history writing in its ancient context, McKenzie helps readers come to terms with tensions between the Bibles account and modern historical analyses. Rather than denying the results of historical research or dismissing its practitioners as wrongly motivated, he suggests that the source of the perceived discrepancy may lie not with the Bible but with the way in which it has been read. He also calls into question whether the genre of the Bibles historical books has been properly understood.

Author Biography

Steven L. Mckenzie is professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee. His many other books include King David: A Biography and How to Read the Bible: History, Prophecy, Literature.

Table of Contents

Abbreviationsp. vi
In Search of the Historical Booksp. 1
The Works behind the Historical Booksp. 13
Methods and Approaches to the Historical Booksp. 25
Joshuap. 39
Judgesp. 57
1-2 Samuelp. 72
l-2 Kingsp. 91
1-2 Chroniclesp. 113
Ezra-Nehemiahp. 142
Bibliographyp. 160
Index of Names and Subjectsp. 165
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