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Published: 31 May 2019

496 Pages

7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190903756

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A Brief Introduction to the Old Testament

The Hebrew Bible in Its Context

Fourth Edition

Michael D. Coogan and Cynthia R. Chapman

  • A balanced and engaging narrative by biblical scholars Michael Coogan and Cynthia Chapman draws on the latest scholarship and archaeological data, taking a primarily historical-critical approach while also introducing students to literary analysis and other interpretive strategies
  • Chapter pedagogy includes chapter previews and summaries, key terms, a glossary, questions for review and discussion, and suggestions for further reading
  • Two introductory chapters provide students with the context necessary to analyze the biblical texts--one on the composition of the Old Testament and one on the history and geography of the ancient Near East and how it influenced the Hebrew Bible
  • Strategically placed text boxes address issues that often puzzle readers of the Bible, provide models of interpretation of particular texts, and discuss their significance for Judaism and Christianity
  • A strong visual program includes charts, photographs, line drawings, maps, and a color insert on Jerusalem in biblical times

New to this Edition:

  • A thoroughly revised Chapter Two now provides an introductory overview of the full historical arc of the Hebrew Bible
  • Updates and revisions throughout the text ensure that it presents the most recent scholarship with the greatest clarity, accuracy, and accessibility
  • Expanded coverage of methodological approaches, with new boxes covering Cultural and Ideological Criticism; a new series of "Across Time" boxes that introduce and apply reception history to several texts; and new discussions of canonical criticism and redaction criticism
  • Added coverage of postcolonial, African American, queer, and feminist interpretations of the Hebrew Bible

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