The Old Testament Story

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  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
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Designed for students with little or no knowledge of the Old Testament, this text provides complete background detail as it follows the story told by the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. Examines the separate biblical books and illustrates the literary structure of each of the books of the Protestant Christian Old Testament/Hebrew Bible.

Table of Contents

Bibliographical Abbreviationsp. xiii
Mapsp. xv
Prefacep. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xviii
The Book and Those Who Study Itp. 1
The Old Testament: What Is It?p. 2
How It Beganp. 4
How It Developedp. 6
The Work of Scholarsp. 9
Archaeology as a Tool for Understandingp. 16
Why Study the Old Testament?p. 22
Study Questionsp. 23
Endnotesp. 23
The Geographical and Historical Settings for the Old Testament Prior to 1200 B.C.E.p. 25
The Ancient Near Eastp. 26
Mesopotamiap. 27
Asia Minorp. 29
Egyptp. 29
Syria-Phoeniciap. 30
Palestinep. 32
Study Questionsp. 39
Endnotesp. 39
Israel Looks at the Beginningsp. 41
The Primeval Complexp. 42
The Ancestral Complexp. 52
Genesis in Retrospectp. 64
Study Questionsp. 65
Endnotesp. 66
Israel Becomes a People: Exodus and Wildernessp. 68
The Book of Israel's Beginningsp. 70
Moses: Birth and Wilderness Yearsp. 71
Moses: The Struggle with the Pharaohp. 74
The Exodus Eventp. 80
Sinai and the Giving of the Lawp. 85
After Mount Sinaip. 96
Themes in the Pentateuchp. 102
Study Questionsp. 103
Endnotesp. 104
Israel Gains a Home: Joshua and Judgesp. 106
Moving into the Promised Landp. 107
Continuing the Story of Occupationp. 116
Proposed Models for the Israelite Occupation of Canaanp. 127
Study Questionsp. 128
Endnotesp. 129
Israel Demands a King: Samuel and Saulp. 131
The Sources for the Story of the Israelite Kingdomsp. 132
The Story of Samuelp. 133
The Establishment of Saul's Kingship (1020-1000 B.C.E.)p. 139
The Appearance of Davidp. 143
Samuel, Saul, and David: A Summaryp. 150
Study Questionsp. 150
Endnotesp. 151
Israel's Time of Glory: David and Solomonp. 152
David: King Over Judahp. 153
David: King Over All Israelp. 154
The Court History of Davidp. 156
The Reign of Solomonp. 165
Study Questionsp. 175
Endnotesp. 175
Israel Becomes Two: The Story of the Northern Kingdomp. 177
Approaching the Divided-Kingdom Storyp. 178
The Division of the Kingdomp. 179
The Dynasty of Omrip. 182
Elijah's Confrontations with Ahab and Jezebelp. 186
Jehu to Jeroboam II (842-746 B.C.E.)p. 193
Israel's Eighth-Century Prophets: Amos and Hoseap. 194
The Destruction of the Northern Kingdomp. 212
Study Questionsp. 212
Endnotesp. 213
Judah: Rehoboam to Hezekiah (922-687 B.C.E.)p. 215
Judah After the Divisionp. 216
The Eighth-Century Prophets from Judahp. 218
Study Questionsp. 237
Endnotesp. 238
Judah: Manasseh to Zedekiah and the Exilep. 239
The International Situationp. 240
The Situation in Judahp. 240
King Jehoiakim and the Prophets Nahum and Habakkukp. 246
The Final Years of Judah and the Prophet Jeremiahp. 250
Study Questionsp. 270
Endnotesp. 270
The Exile: Judah's Dark Night of the Soulp. 272
After the Fall of Jerusalemp. 273
With the Exiles in Babylonp. 278
The Prophet of the Transition: Ezekielp. 280
The Collapse of the Babylonian Empirep. 297
The Exiles' Great Unknown Prophet: Isaiah 40-66p. 298
Study Questionsp. 312
Endnotesp. 313
The Post-Exilic Period: Judah Revivedp. 314
The Changing International Situation (538-486 B.C.E.)p. 315
The Restored Communityp. 315
Ezra and Nehemiahp. 321
Study Questionsp. 328
Endnotesp. 328
A Legacy of Israel: Teachers of Wisdom and Singers of Songsp. 329
The Wisdom Literaturep. 330
Israel Sings Its Faithp. 352
Study Questionsp. 364
Endnotesp. 365
The Time of Silence: Judah in Eclipsep. 367
The Historical Situationp. 368
The Maccabean Revoltp. 369
The Word of the Lord in Difficult Timesp. 370
Study Questionsp. 388
Endnotesp. 388
Epilogue: The Continuing Storyp. 390
Life in Jewish Communitiesp. 391
The Rise of Parties and Sectsp. 392
Literary Activityp. 394
Judaism's Oral Traditionp. 397
The End of the Matterp. 398
Study Questionsp. 398
Endnotesp. 399
Glossaryp. 400
For Further Studyp. 409
Comprehensive Chronological Chartp. 415
Creditsp. 419
Indexp. 421
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