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A Brief Introduction to the Old Testament

The Hebrew Bible in Its Context

Second Edition

Michael D. Coogan

Publication Date - November 2011

ISBN: 9780199830114

480 pages
Paperback
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

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A concise and highly pedagogical version of the best-selling text in the field, at a very affordable price

Description

Engaging and accessible to students from all backgrounds, A Brief Introduction to the Old Testament: The Hebrew Bible in Its Context, Second Edition, is an updated, concise, and more pedagogical version of Michael D. Coogan's best-selling The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, Second Edition (OUP, 2010). Coogan works primarily from a historical and critical methodology but also introduces students to literary analysis and other interpretive strategies. He examines all the books of the Hebrew Bible and considers additional writings from the ancient Near East. The Apocryphal / Deuterocanonical books are included in an appendix. Providing a nondenominational and nondoctrinal treatment, this text offers a unique and captivating introduction to the Hebrew scriptures themselves and to how they have been--and can be--interpreted.

PEDAGOGICAL FEATURES:

* Chapter introductions connecting each chapter to the preceding material and previewing the material to come

* Chapter summaries that highlight key points and link each chapter to the rest of the book

* Important terms, boldfaced at their first appearance and defined in the glossary

* Numerous strategically placed text boxes that offer interesting and useful supplementary information

* Timelines, photos, illustrations, maps, and a four-color insert on Jerusalem in biblical times

* Review questions, suggestions for further reading, a general bibliography, and annotated bibliographies at the end of each chapter

* A FREE 6-month subscription to Oxford Biblical Studies Online (www.oxfordbiblicalstudies.com)--a $180 value--with the purchase of every new copy of this text. Please contact your Oxford University Press Sales Representative at 800.280.0280 for details.

New to this Edition

  • · Fully revised for clarity and readability, with additional coverage on topics like levirate marriage, the law of talion, and traditionally pure and impure foods.
  • · Thoroughly updated General Bibliography and Chapter Bibliographies.
  • · Ten new and revised illustrations and maps.
  • · Three new Boxes: 3.3 "Myth and the Bible", 3.4 "God" and "the LORD (God)", and 12.1 "The Judges of Israel in the Book of Judges"
  • · Timelines and Glossary expanded and improved.
  • · A new table in the Appendix that depicts the modern equivalents for biblical weights and measures.

About the Author(s)

Michael D. Coogan is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Stonehill College, Lecturer in the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament at Harvard Divinity School, and Director of Publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum. One of the leading biblical scholars in the United States, he is the author of The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, Second Edition (OUP, 2010), the editor of Oxford Biblical Studies Online, and a coeditor of The New Oxford Annotated Bible, New Revised Standard Version, Fourth Edition (OUP, 2010).

Previous Publication Date(s)

November 2008

Reviews

"This is the best introduction for undergraduates now on the market, and the one without doubt most likely to be read, understood, and enjoyed by college students."--Allen Podet, Buffalo State University

Table of Contents

    *=New to this Edition
    Preface
    Abbreviations
    Credits
    PART ONE. INTRODUCTORY
    1. WHAT IS THE OLD TESTAMENT?
    Box 1.1 Chapter and Verse
    The Jewish Canon
    The Christian Canons
    Box 1.2 The Canons of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
    A Look Back and Ahead
    2. THE PROMISED LAND: GEOGRAPHY, HISTORY, AND IMPORTANCE
    Geography
    History
    Box 2.1 Timeline
    Importance
    A Look Back and Ahead
    PART TWO. COSMIC ORIGINS
    3. CREATIONS Genesis 1-3
    The Book of Genesis
    Genesis 1 and the Sabbath
    Box 3.1 Genesis and Science
    Box 3.2 The Sabbath in Jewish and Christian Tradition
    The Second Account of Creation (Gen 2.4b-3.24)
    * Box 3.3 Myth and the Bible
    * Box 3.4 "God" and the Lord (God)
    Box 3.5 The Garden of Eden
    Box 3.6 Adam and Eve in Jewish and Christian Tradition
    A Look Back and Ahead
    4. THE FORMATION OF THE PENTATEUCH AND THE PRIMEVAL HISTORY Genesis 4-11
    The Traditional View
    The Development of Modern Interpretation
    A Summary of the Documentary Hypothesis
    The Formation of the Pentateuch
    Challenges to the Documentary Hypothesis
    Other Strategies for Interpreting the Pentateuch
    Primeval History
    J (the Yahwist Source)
    Box 4.1 Cain and Abel
    Box 4.2 Noah's Drunkenness
    Box 4.3 The Sons of God
    P (the Priestly Source)
    Box 4.4 The Tower of Babel
    Box 4.5 The Table of Nations
    The Flood
    Box 4.6 The Documentary Hypothesis at Work
    A Look Back and Ahead
    PART THREE. NATIONAL ORIGINS
    5. THE ANCESTORS OF ISRAEL Genesis 12-50
    The Nature of the Narratives
    Source Criticism
    Box 5.1 Abram and Abraham, Sarai and Sarah
    Box 5.2 The Binding of Isaac
    Form Criticism
    Box 5.3 Circumcision
    Ancient Near Eastern Parallels
    Box 5.4 The Ugaritic Texts
    The Joseph Narrative
    The Ancestors of Israel
    Box 5.5 Abraham, Father of Believers
    History and the Ancestors of Israel
    The Religion of the Ancestors
    A Look Back and Ahead
    6. ESCAPE FROM EGYPT Exodus 1-15
    The Book of Exodus
    Exodus 1-15
    Box 6.1 Legends of Rescue
    Box 6.2 The Divine Name Yahweh
    Box 6.3 The Hardening of the Pharaoh's Heart
    Box 6.4 The Development of the Passover Celebration
    The Exodus and History
    The Exodus and the History of Religions
    A Look Back and Ahead
    7. FROM EGYPT TO SINAI Exodus 16-24
    Itineraries
    Incidents on the Journey
    Box 7.1 Manna
    Box 7.2 The Location of Sinai
    At Sinai
    Covenant
    The Ten Commandments
    Box 7.3 The Status and Numbering of the Ten Commandments
    The Ratification of the Covenant
    A Look Back and Ahead
    8. LAW, RITUAL, AND HOLINESS Exodus 20.22-23.33 and 25-40 and Leviticus
    Law in the Ancient Near East
    Box 8.1 Excerpt from the Code of Hammurapi
    The Covenant Code (Ex 20.22-23.33)
    The Ark, the Tabernacle, and the Priestly Vestments and Ordination
    Box 8.2 "An Eye for an Eye"
    The Golden Calf
    Box 8.3 Forty Days and Forty Nights
    The Ritual Decalogue
    Box 8.4 An Ancient Hebrew Agricultural Calendar
    Sequel
    The Book of Leviticus
    Sacrifices (Lev 1-7)
    The Consecration Ceremonies and Their Aftermath (Lev 8-10)
    Purity and Impurity (Lev 11-15)
    The Day of Atonement
    The Holiness Code
    Box 8.5 Capital Punishment
    Women in Israelite Ritual and Law
    The Ethics of Leviticus
    A Look Back and Ahead
    9. IN THE WILDERNESS Numbers
    The Book of Numbers
    Preparations for the Journey
    Law, Ritual, and Purity
    The Chronology and Geography of the Wanderings
    Rebellions in the Wilderness
    Box 9.1 Miriam
    Opposition on the Journey
    Box 9.2 Excerpt from the Deir Alla Texts
    Preparations for the Entry into the Land
    A Look Back and Ahead
    10. THE END OF THE JOURNEY TO THE PROMISED LAND Deuteronomy
    The Book of Deuteronomy
    Box 10.1 The Shema
    The Origins of Deuteronomy
    The Deuteronomic School
    The Character and Personality of Moses
    Box 10.2 The Meanings of "Torah"
    A Look Back and Ahead
    11. JOSHUA AND THE CONQUEST OF THE LAND OF CANAAN Joshua
    The Deuteronomistic History
    The Book of Joshua
    History and the Book of Joshua
    Box 11.1 Shechem in Biblical Tradition
    A Look Back and Ahead
    12. THE EMERGENCE OF ISRAEL IN THE LAND OF CANAAN Judges and Ruth
    The Book of Judges
    * Box 12.1 The Judges of Israel in the Book of Judges
    Box 12.2 The Moabites and the Ammonites
    Box 12.3 The Song of Deborah
    Box 12.4 The Philistines
    History and the Israelite Confederation
    The Book of Ruth
    A Look Back and Ahead
    PART FOUR. KINGS AND PROPHETS
    13. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE MONARCHY 1 Samuel
    The Books of Samuel
    1 Samuel
    Box 13.1 Positive Assessments of Saul
    History
    A Look Back and Ahead
    14. THE REIGN OF DAVID 2 Samuel, 1 Kings 1-2
    2 Samuel
    Box 14.1 David's Compositions
    Box 14.2 Jerusalem
    A Look Back and Ahead
    15. THE REIGN OF SOLOMON 1 Kings 1-11 and Psalm 89
    The Books of Kings
    1 Kings 1-11
    Box 15.1 Solomon in Later Tradition
    The Ideology of the Davidic Monarchy
    Box 15.2 The Royal Ideology in Later Traditions
    A Look Back and Ahead
    16. THE DIVIDED KINGDOMS OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH FROM THE LATE TENTH TO THE EARLY EIGHTH CENTURIES BCE 1 Kings 12-2 Kings 14
    History
    Box 16.1 Chronology of the Kings of Israel and Judah Late Tenth to Mid-Eighth Centuries BCE
    Institutions and Society
    Prophets and Prophecy
    Box 16.2 Prophets in Later Traditions
    The Legends of Elijah and Elisha
    Box 16.3 Elijah in Later Tradition
    A Look Back and Ahead
    17. THE NORTHERN KINGDOM OF ISRAEL IN THE EIGHTH CENTURY BCE 2 Kings 14-17, Amos, and Hosea
    History
    Box 17.1 Chronology of the Eighth Century BCE
    Prophetic Books and "Classical" Prophecy
    Amos
    Box 17.2 The Day of the Lord
    Hosea
    Box 17.3 Prophetic Attacks on Rituals
    Box 17.4 Marriage in Ancient Israel
    A Look Back and Ahead
    18. THE KINGDOM OF JUDAH IN THE EIGHTH AND EARLY SEVENTH CENTURIES BCE 2 Kings 15-20, 2 Chronicles 29-32, Isaiah 1-39, and Micah
    History
    Box 18.1 Chronology of the Eighth and Seventh Centuries BCE
    The Reign of Hezekiah
    Isaiah
    The Siege of Jerusalem in 734 BCE
    Box 18.2 The Identity of Immanuel
    The Assyrian Invasion of Judah in 701 BCE
    Box 18.3 Sennacherib's Attack on Jerusalem (701 BCE) according to the Assyrian Annals
    Box 18.4 Hezekiah's Tunnel
    Micah
    A Look Back and Ahead
    19. JUDAH IN THE SEVENTH AND EARLY SIXTH CENTURIES BCE: THE END OF ASSYRIAN DOMINATION AND THE FALL OF JERUSALEM 2 Kings 21-25, 2 Chronicles 33-36, Zephaniah, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Jeremiah
    History
    Box 19.1 Chronology of the Seventh and Early Sixth Centuries BCE
    The Reign of Manasseh
    Box 19.2 Ashurbanipal's Library
    The Reign of Josiah
    Box 19.3 Megiddo and Armageddon
    The Last Kings of Judah
    The Fall of Jerusalem
    The Book of Zephaniah
    The Book of Nahum
    The Book of Habakkuk
    Jeremiah
    Box 19.4 Jeremiah in Postbiblical Tradition
    Box 19.5 Jeremiah and the History of Bookmaking
    A Look Back and Ahead
    PART FIVE. EXILE AND RETURN
    20. AFTER THE FALL: JEWS IN JUDAH AND BABYLON Lamentations, Psalm 137, Obadiah, and Ezekiel
    History
    The Book of Lamentations
    Box 20.1 Acrostic Poems
    The Jews in Babylonia
    Psalm 137
    The Book of Obadiah
    Ezekiel
    Box 20.2 Yahweh as Violent Spouse
    Box 20.3 Gog of Magog
    A Look Back and Ahead
    21. RETURN FROM EXILE Ezra 1-2 and Isaiah 34-35 and 40-55
    History
    Box 21.1 Chronology of the Sixth Century BCE
    The Priestly Source of the Pentateuch
    The Exilic Edition of the Deuteronomistic History
    Isaiah 40-55
    Box 21.2 The Development of Monotheism
    Box 21.3 Female Images of God
    A Look Back and Ahead
    PART SIX. RECONSTRUCTION, CONSOLIDATION, AND CHALLENGE
    22. THE RESTORATION: JUDAH IN THE LATE SIXTH AND FIFTH CENTURIES BCE Ezra 3-10, Haggai, Zechariah, Isaiah 24-27 and 56-66, Joel, and Malachi
    History
    Box 22.1 Chronology of the Mid-Sixth to the Fourth Centuries BCE
    Ezra 3-6
    Box 22.2 Aramaic
    The Book of Haggai
    Zechariah 1-8
    Isaiah 56-66
    The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah
    Box 22.3 The Elephantine Papyri
    Apocalyptic Literature
    The "Isaiah Apocalypse" (Isa 24-27)
    Zechariah 9-14
    The Book of Joel
    The Book of Malachi
    A Look Back and Ahead
    23. THE CONSOLIDATION OF TRADITIONS 1-2 Chronicles, Psalms, and Proverbs
    The Books of Chronicles
    Box 23.1 Samaria and the Samaritans
    The Book of Psalms
    Box 23.2 Parallelism
    Music in Ancient Israel
    Wisdom Literature
    The Book of Proverbs
    A Look Back and Ahead
    24. DISSIDENTS, LOVERS, AND HEROES Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Jonah, Esther, and Daniel
    The Book of Job
    Box 24.1 The Satan
    Box 24.2 "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth"
    Box 24.3 Behemoth and Leviathan
    Box 24.4 Job's Wife and Daughters
    The Book of Ecclesiastes
    The Development of Beliefs in Life after Death in Ancient Israel
    The Song of Solomon
    Historical Romances
    The Book of Jonah
    The Book of Esther
    Box 24.5 The Festival of Purim
    The Book of Daniel
    Box 24.6 Angels and Demons
    Box 24.7 "Son of Man"
    A Look Back and Ahead
    Appendix: The Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books
    Revisions of and Additions to Biblical Books
    Historiographic Literature
    Historical Fiction
    Wisdom Literature
    Other Compositions
    Chronology
    General Bibliography
    Glossary
    * Weights and Measures
    Index

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