Introduction to Hebrew Bible

Introduction to Hebrew Bible : A Guided Tour of Israel's Sacred Library

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For Introduction to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament courses and Biblical Literature courses. Written for undergraduates and to satisfy and encourage curiosity, this work leads the readers on an engaging, non-sectarian tour of the Hebrew Bible. James E. Bowley taught many years of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament survey and never found a book that was accessible to students and still had academically challenging content, though he tried many. As a result, over a 2-3 year period, he developed his own "library approach" and began to write it and use it with his own students with great success in the classroom.
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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 170.2 x 231.1 x 22.9mm | 657.72g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130453579
  • 9780130453570

Table of contents

A Note to Teachers Preface Welcome to the Library!Easy Access for AllWhy a "Library"?How This Guide WorksAcknowledgements **************THE ENTRANCE************** Chapter 1. What is a Bible? The Bible is Not a BookBooks and ScrollsThe Bible or Bibles?Which Library Are We Touring?Naming the LibraryArranging the LibrarySubsections in the LibraryThe Rare Book Room: Our Oldest Manuscripts Chapter 2. Preliminary Matters of InterpretationTranslationsValuing the ScrollsWays of Studying/ReadingA Brief Word about MeaningHistory Then and NowReligion in Ancient Israel Chapter 3. Preliminary Matters of Ancient History Where Are We Going and Why?Ancient Near Eastern Political History Sumer, at the Beginning Egypt, "Gift of the Nile" Back to Mesopotamia Persia, Conquest from the East Greece, Conquest from the WestWhere We AreCanaan: The "Land Between"Topography and TravelAncient Israel's Political History and the Library ScrollsEverybody's History Chapter 4. The Composition of Biblical ScrollsHebrew Language Time Periods of Composing the ScrollsCollecting the ScrollsAuthoring a ScrollLiterary Forms Hebrew Narrative Hebrew Poetry ***************IN the LIBRARY************** Chapter 5. Torah/InstructionThe First Five ScrollsMoses (Moshe)One Story BeginsExplaining the Composition of Torah 1. Genesis BereshitLiterary Format and MovementComposition of BereshitBereshit and HistorySetting the Stage: CreationSetting the Stage: From Creation to AbrahamAbraham Our Great FatherStories of Isaac and JacobThemes of BereshitThe Main Character 2. Exodus ShemotLiterary Format and MovementDate, Composition, and ManuscriptsExodus and HistoriographyThe Dramatic LiberationGod, Moses, and YHWHWomen and the RescueWho Was Rescued?The CelebrationThe Instruction on the MountainHow Shall YHWH Live with Israel? 3. Leviticus VayikkrahLiterary Format and MovementLeviticus as LiteratureDating LeviticusSources and Sections in LeviticusHoliness and the Big Ideas of LeviticusAreas Covered by Holiness LawsLeviticus and Other Nations"Behind the Scenes" Observations 4. Numbers BeMidbarLiterary Format and MovementDate and CompositionThe Behavior and Punishment of One GenerationYHWH's BlessingsNumbers and HistoryLaws in BeMidbar 5. Deuteronomy DevarimLiterary Format and MovementComposition and DateThe Unique Voice of Moshe in DevarimThe Covenant of YHWH and IsraelDevarim and Other Scrolls of Moses Chapter 6. Neviim/Prophets- Part INarratives: Four Scrolls6. Joshua YehoshuaLiterary Format and MovementA Familiar Story ContinuesJoshua and HistoryComplexity/Reality in Narrative 7. Judges ShophtimLiterary Format and MovementFormation and DatingWhat's the Point?A Literary GeniusJudges and History 8. Samuel ShemuelLiterary Format and MovementHistory and CompositionThe Man SamuelSaulDavidThe Text of Samuel 9. Kings MelakhimLiterary Format and MovementComposition and sourcesHistory and HistoriographyOrganizing the Religious HistoryProphets in KingsReligion and Writing Chapter 7. Neviim/Prophets-Part IIProphetic Oracles 10. Isaiah YeshayahuLiterary Format and MovementCompositional HistoryThe world of Yeshayahu of Yerushalim (Jerusalem)The world of Yeshayahu of BabylonOracles of CriticismOracles Inspiring Trust and HopePoetry and Pictures 11. Jeremiah YermiyahLiterary Format and MovementThe Scrolls of YermeyahuThe Life and Times of YermeyahuBaruch, Scribe and AssociateYermeyahu's Poetic Preaching 12. Ezekiel YehezkaelLiterary Format and MovementYekhezkael the Prophet in His SettingYekhezkael the EntertainerText and CompositionMajor Messages 13. The TwelveTwelve to One Hosea Hoshea Literary Format and MovementHosea's Time: PoliticsHosea's Time: ReligionThe Text Joel Yoel Literary Format and MovementDating the CompositionToday's Priestly-Prophetic Message, Yesterday's Words Ahmos Amos Literary Format and MovementInfluence of AmosThe non-Prophet's World and his OraclesAmos the Social CriticAmos the RevisionistConstruction of the Scroll Obadiah Ovadyah Literary Format and MovementStructure and MessageObadiah's TimesObadiah and Other Poems Jonah Yonah Literary Format and Movement Questions of Genre and OriginCompositional DateThe International TimesForeignersThe PoemA True ProphetA Strange Ending Micah Mekhah Literary Format and MovementWho and WhenComposition of the ScrollMekhah's OppositionA Court Case and Mekhah's Priorities Nahum Nakhum Literary Format and MovementThe Times of NahumNational and Religious OvertonesPoetic Video Habakkuk Khabakkuk Literary Format and MovementA Poet's Question and Answer Time with YHWH Zephaniah Ts'fanyah Literary Format and MovementThe Times of Ts'fanyahThe Urgent Poetry of Ts'fanyah Haggai Khaggai Literary Format and MovementThe Times of KhaggaiKhaggai's Encouragements Zechariah Zekharyah Literary Format and MovementThe Times of Zekharyah and the Composition of the ScrollThe Visions and Message of Zekharyah 1-8The Themes of Zekharyah 9-14 Malachi Malakhi Literary Format and MovementDate and Setting of the MessengerMessage and Tradition Chapter 8. Ketuvim/Writings Overview14. PsalmsLiterary Format and MovementPsalm Literature in the Ancient Near Eastern WorldCollecting Poems in Ancient Israel and Later ManuscriptsMusic and TehelimAuthors and DatesLarger Poetic StructuresKinds of PsalmsPsalms and Prayers 15. ProverbsLiterary Format and MovementWisdom in the Ancient Near EastWisdom in MishleiLady WisdomThe Fear of YHWH and WisdomWhat is a Proverb?Collecting ProverbsA Jewish "Patron Saint" of Wisdom?A Final Poem 16. JobLiterary Format and MovementThe Basic DramaDate and CompositionThe Ancient Hebrew Text of JobHistorical Names and PlacesJob as Wisdom LiteratureThe PrologueThe Poetic DisputesThe EpilogueJob in the Library 17. Song of Songs Literary Format and MovementLink to SolomonWho Is Speaking?What Are They Saying?Specific MetaphorsFemale and MaleReflection on LoveReligious Literature? 18. RuthLiterary Format and MovementA Simple Story, Well ToldDramatic Setting and DateThe Point? 19. LamentationsLiterary Format and MovementA Poetic Monument of SorrowPoem OnePoem TwoPoem ThreePoem FourPoem Five 20. EcclesiastesLiterary Format and MovementDate and AuthorshipThe QuestThe FindingsMethod of the SearchResulting AdviceGod and HevelThe EpilogueQohelet in the Library 21. EstherLiterary Format and MovementDramatic Setting and PlotDate and Composition HistoryEsther and HistoryEsther and ReligionA Later Version 22. DanielLiterary Format and MovementAncient Daniel StoriesThe Longer VersionDaniel's Dramatic Settings, History, and Date of CompositionApocalyptic Literature and DanielWhere to Put Daniel? 23. Ezra-Nehemiah Literary Format and MovementHistory and `Ezra-NekhemyahStories with a Purpose 24. Chronicles Literary Format and MovementA Historical ReviewAncient Source CitationWatching the WriterThe Writing ContinuesThe End of the Story Chapter 9. Additional ScrollsMore Scrolls?DeuterocanonicalsTobitJudith1 Maccabees2 Maccabees3 Maccabees4 MaccabeesWisdom of SolomonWisdom of Ben Sira (Ecclesiaticus, Sirach)BaruchLetter of Jeremiah ************AFTER THE TOUR************ Chapter 10. Meeting the Librarians: The Communities of the Books Religious Communities and Biblical LiteratureJewish PracticeChristian PracticeMuslim PracticeThe Library in Our Pluralistic World Checking Out Glossary Index
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"I cannot say enough good things about this textbook. I have been looking for several years for a textbook like this one-one that is accessible, up-to-date, and forward looking without being trite or trendy. The author is "student savvy": he knows about their preconceptions, he knows what they will say about reading the biblical texts, and he knows the ways they will resist learning something new about the Bible. But with a sunny attitude throughout, he addresses their resistance directly and uses his considerable rhetorical skills to persuade them to give these materials yet another look. Best of all, the textbook has a way of opening lines of inquiry for each biblical book rather than foreclosing discussions with heavy-handed interpretations. Students will likely never rave about any textbook on the Hebrew Bible, but will have no problem engaging this one." -David W. Daily, University of the Ozarks "The author's creativity consistently engages the reader and should prove a valuable tool in encouraging undergraduate students to further study."-Robin J. DeWitt Knauth, Lycoming College "This is one of the more approachable and accessible textbooks that I have seen on the Bible...The posters, study rooms, and other included materials are all well-done and appropriate. In short, the book in detail is well thought through, well organized, accessibly written and provides a good range of resources and 'sidebar material'"-Peter J. Haas, Case Western Reserve University "The content, as well as the presentation, is the best I've seen for an undergraduate intro textbook."-Kang Na, Westminster College
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