An Introduction to the Old Testament: Sacred Texts and by David M. Carr

By David M. Carr

This complete, introductory textbook is exclusive in exploring the emergence of the Hebrew Bible within the broader context of global heritage. It quite specializes in the effect of pre-Roman empires, empowering scholars with a richer realizing of outdated testomony historiography.

  • Provides a old context for college kids studying in regards to the improvement and altering interpretations of biblical texts
  • Examines how those early tales have been variously formed by way of interplay with the Mesopotamian and Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, and Hellenistic empires
  • Incorporates contemporary examine at the formation of the Pentateuch
  • Reveals how key biblical texts got here to be interpreted by means of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths
  • Includes various student-friendly positive aspects, corresponding to learn questions, evaluate sections, bibliographies, timelines, and illustrations and photos

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Blackwell Commentary Series. Oxford: Blackwell, 2006. History of interpretation. ” You will learn about ancient Israelite tribal life and how that form of social organization is distinguished from two other forms of social life important in later chapters of Israel’s history: the monarchal city-state and the empire. The chapter discusses some unique characteristics of the kind of oral tradition typical of such tribal groups, and it finds evidence of such oral traditions embedded in biblical texts about Jacob, exodus from Egypt, and Deborah’s victory over the armies of Hazor.

Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. Study ing the Bible in Its Ancient Context(s) the Transjordanian Plateau, including Edom, Moab, Ammon, and the Gilead region (where Israelites settled). This plateau, now in the contemporary nation of Jordan, has similar characteristics to the central highlands of Israel. To the east of it (and off the map) lies the desert. Before looking more broadly at the world of the ancient Near East, it is important to get a preliminary understanding of the different parts of the land of Israel and the peoples who lived there.

The main form of Jewish life to survive this catastrophe was rabbinic Judaism, which grew out of the scholarship and leadership of the earlier, popular movement of the Pharisees. Study ing the Bible in Its Ancient Context(s) Later chapters of this Introduction will give details about all of these historical periods, correlating each of them with biblical texts. The aim here is to give a sense of how much Israelite history was shaped by relationships with various empires. Though “Israel” (and “Judah”) emerged as recognizable peoples and states during an imperial power vacuum (1200–745 bce), the books of the Bible were largely written during the periods of imperial domination by Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman empires.

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