9780130923806

Understanding the Old Testament

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    9780130923806

  • ISBN10:

    013092380X

  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-02-23
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Summary

Understanding the Old Testament weaves together historical, theological, and literary elements in the study of the Old Testament. Anderson's textbook has long been noted for its lively presentation of Israel's narrative from the Exodus to the post-exilic period. This fifth edition of a highly popular introduction updates both the text and the bibliography to reflect the most recent scholarly insights into the meaning of the Old Testament, while retaining Anderson's distinctive approach. Anderson's Understanding the Old Testament is unparalleled for its clear and engaging prose that introduces the history, literature, and belief system of ancient Israel. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Bernhard W. Anderson (Ph.D. Yale University) is Professor of Old Testament Theology Emeritus of Princeton Theological Seminary Steven Bishop (Ph.D. Boston University) is Lecturer in Old Testament at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas Judith H. Newman (Ph.D. Harvard University) is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto with a joint appointment to the Department of Religion

Table of Contents

Illustrations and Aids
x
Preface xv
Introduction 1(1)
The Story of a People
1(2)
The Hebrew Bible and the Old Testament
3(4)
The Story of the Bible
7(10)
Part I The Creation of a People
17(178)
The Beginnings of Israel
18(30)
The Nature of the Tradition
19(3)
The Oral Tradition
22(3)
The Prologue to the Exodus
25(3)
Population Unrest in the Fertile Crescent
28(10)
The God of Israel's Ancestors
38(4)
The Descent into Egypt
42(2)
The Oppression in Egypt
44(4)
Liberation from Bondage
48(28)
The Role of Moses
50(4)
The Disclosure of God's Name
54(6)
The Contest with Pharaoh
60(8)
The Victory at the Sea
68(8)
Covenant in the Wilderness
76(25)
Guidance in the Wilderness
77(5)
The Covenant at Sinai
82(4)
Covenant and Law
86(8)
The Breaking of the Covenant
94(4)
The Mosaic Faith
98(3)
The Promised Land
101(38)
A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey
102(2)
Forty Years of Wandering
104(4)
Detour via Transjordan
108(3)
The Invasion of Canaan
111(8)
Israel's Conquest of Canaan: The Deuteronomistic View
119(3)
An Alternative View of the Conquest in Joshua and Judges 1
122(3)
The Nature of the Israelite Occupation
125(6)
The Formation of the Tribal Confederacy
131(8)
The Formation of an All-Israelite Epic
139(28)
From Tradition to Literature
141(2)
The Scope of the Old Epic Narrative
143(3)
Overview of Israel's Epic Narrative
146(1)
The Primeval History
146(7)
The Ancestral History
153(10)
The People's History
163(4)
The Struggle Between Faith and Culture
167(28)
Temptations of Canaanite Culture
168(10)
Leaders in Crisis
178(8)
The Decline of the Confederacy
186(4)
The Last Judge of Israel
190(5)
Part II Israel Becomes Like the Nations
195(192)
The Throne of David
196(32)
A Time of International Favor
197(1)
Israel's Rustic King
198(6)
David, Architect of the Israelite State
204(13)
Solomon in All His Glory
217(8)
New Horizons of Faith
225(3)
Prophetic Troublers of Israel
228(29)
The Background of Prophecy
230(4)
The Divided Kingdom
234(12)
One Prophet Against Four Hundred
246(2)
Elijah, the Tishbite
248(8)
Elisha and the Closing Years of the Omri Dynasty
256(1)
Fallen is the Virgin Israel
257(33)
The Revolution of Jehu
258(3)
The Age of Jeroboam II
261(6)
The Herdsman from Tekoa
267(8)
The Prophecy of Hosea
275(13)
The Fall of Samaria
288(2)
Judah's Covenant with Death
290(34)
The Reign of Uzziah
291(3)
The Book of Isaiah
294(15)
Micah, A Rural Prophet
309(3)
Isaiah's Later Career
312(12)
The Rediscovery of Mosaic Torah
324(31)
Differing Views of the Covenant
325(1)
Manasseh, the Villain of Judah
326(5)
New Outbursts of Prophecy
331(7)
The Deuteronomic Reformation
338(4)
The Book of Deuteronomy
342(3)
The Renewal of the Covenant
345(4)
Inadequacies of the Reform
349(4)
Habakkuk's Watchtower of Faith
353(1)
Faith and Nationalism
354(1)
The Doom of the Nation
355(32)
The Suffering Prophet
356(1)
The Book of Jeremiah
356(4)
In the Reign of Jehoiakim
360(7)
Jeremiah's Confessions
367(6)
In the Reign of Zedekiah
373(8)
Beyond the Day of Doom
381(6)
Part III The Covenant Community is Renewed
387(211)
By the Waters of Babylon
388(37)
The Jewish Dispersion
389(1)
Ezekiel the Priest
389(7)
Lamentation, Mourning, and Woe
396(6)
The Promise of a New Beginning
402(3)
Life Under Captivity
405(3)
Preservation of the Tradition
408(3)
The Priestly Point of View
411(14)
The Dawn of a New Age
425(35)
New World Horizons
425(4)
The Poems of Second Isaiah
429(3)
A Herald of Good Tidings
432(4)
The Creator and Redeemer
436(5)
A Light to the Nations
441(3)
The Servant of YHWH
444(7)
Victory Through Suffering
451(3)
The Servant and the Messiah
454(1)
The Continuing Isaiah Tradition
455(2)
The Book of Isaiah as a Whole
457(3)
A Kingdom of Priests
460(30)
Cyrus' Edict of Liberation
461(2)
The Work of the Chroniclers
463(5)
Zerubbabel, the Branch
468(6)
Reconstruction and Reform
474(5)
Ezra, the Architect of Judaism
479(4)
Nehemiah's Terms as Governor
483(2)
The Law and the Prophets
485(5)
The Praises of Israel
490(29)
The Book of Psalms
492(6)
Israel at Worship
498(10)
Israel's Pilgrimage Festivals
508(8)
The Book of Psalms as a Whole
516(3)
The Beginning of Wisdom
519(34)
The Wisdom of the East
519(1)
Israel's Wisdom Literature
520(5)
An Anthology of Proverbs
525(7)
The Wise and the Foolish
532(1)
The Skepticism of Ecclesiastes
533(6)
The Book of Job
539(6)
From Despair to Faith
545(8)
The Unfinished Story
553(45)
Tensions Within Judaism
554(7)
The Hellenistic Era
561(2)
The Evolution of Wisdom
563(4)
The Resistance Movement
567(6)
The Apocalypse of Daniel
573(3)
The Kingdom That Is God's
576(11)
Beyond the Hebrew Bible
587(10)
Israel's Pilgrimage
597(1)
Comprehensive Chronological Chart 598(7)
Selected Bibliography 605(38)
Author Index 643(3)
Subject Index 646

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