This volume introduces ancient Israel's Scriptures, or the Hebrew Bible, commonly called the Old Testament. It also traces the legacy of monotheism first found in the pages of the Old Testament. Where pertinent to the message of the Old Testament, the book explores issues of history, comparative religions, and sociology, while striking a balance among these topics by focusing primarily on literary features of the text. In addition, frequent sidebar discussions introduce the reader to contemporary scholarship, especially the results of historical-critical research and archaeology. Along the way, the book explores how the Old Testament conceptualized and gave rise to monotheism, one of the most significant developments in history. • Pays unique attention to the origins of monotheism, the common heritage of Jews, Christians, and Muslims • Includes generous number of illustrations, 20 freshly created maps, and frequent sidebar discussions in each chapter, as well as concise chapter summaries and glossary of terms • Has a web component that includes study guides, flashcards, PowerPoint lecture slides and a test bankRead more
- Pays unique attention to the origins of monotheism, the common heritage of Jews, Christians and Muslims
- Includes a generous number of illustrations, twenty freshly created maps, and frequent sidebar discussions in each chapter, as well as concise chapter summaries and glossary of terms
- Has a web component that includes study guides, flashcards, PowerPoint lecture slides and a test bank
Reviews & endorsements
"Arnold has provided an introduction to the Old Testament for the twenty-first century unlike any other to date. Recognizing the influence of this collection on the three great monotheistic faiths of today, Arnold explores the significance of monotheism throughout Israel’s Scriptures while also providing a thorough, balanced, and informed introduction to the texts themselves. Highly recommended!"
W. Dennis Tucker, Jr, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor UniversitySee more reviews
"This is one of the best resources I’ve seen in a long time. The clarity of writing makes this a perfect primer for those who are new to the Bible. The breadth of topics makes it a wonderful review for those who are well versed in the Scriptures. I will be recommending this work to students and colleagues alike!"
Roy L. Heller, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
"In this volume, Bill T. Arnold adopts a literary approach to the Old Testament that also pays particular attention to monotheism: one of its signal contributions to religious history. The result is a truly interesting, highly engaging, and deeply relevant introduction. A further boon: Arnold’s erudition, considered adjudication of contested matters, and pedagogical savvy are on display at every turn."
Brent A. Strawn, Emory University
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- Date Published: April 2014
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521705479
- length: 436 pages
- dimensions: 234 x 189 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.91kg
- contains: 61 b/w illus. 13 colour illus. 20 maps
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. What is the Old Testament?
2. Word of truth - word of God
3. The Old Testament world
4. The primary history
7. Torah story
8. Torah instruction
9. Torah revisited
10. Moses' religion
11. Was there an 'ancient Israel'?
14. More kings
15. History revisited
16. More books
17. Israel's wisdom
18. Israel's hymnal
19. Israel's prophets: the maturing period
20. Israel's prophets: the crisis and beyond
21. Israel's prophets: the restoration
22. Israel's apocalyptic message
23. The scrolls
24. The Old Testament today.
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