Exploring the Old Testament, Volume 1: A Guide to the Pentateuch  -     By: Gordon J. Wenham
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Exploring the Old Testament, Volume 1: A Guide to the Pentateuch

IVP Academic / 2008 / Hardcover

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Exploring the Old Testament Volume 1: A Guide to the Pentateuch aims to help students study the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible. Like other volumes in the EOT and ENT series, it is intended to give the student a primary resource to enable him or her to study the texts independently. It provides an introduction to each book, which includes a survey of the main trends in recent study of the book, and takes a look at some of the literary techniques used in the Pentateuch, including its numerous rhetorical devices. A basic commentary, pointers to theological interpretation and interactive panels are provided throughout the book, as well as an in-depth discussion of the composition of the Pentateuch, and its history. All Scripture quotations are taken from the New English Standard Version, (ESV) unless otherwise noted. Each chapter is supplied with lists of commentaries and other works, so as to open a range of critical and interpretative literature on the Psalms and Wisdom literature.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 207
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 10.00 X 7.00 (inches)
ISBN: 083082541X
ISBN-13: 9780830825417
Availability: In Stock
Series: IVP Exploring the Bible

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Exploring the Old Testament: A Guide to the Pentateuch offers a clear overview of the "five books of Moses," as well as an introduction to the historical and textual questions that modern scholarship has posed and the answers it has proposed. This critically informed, textually sensitive introduction to the Pentateuch introduces students to
  • the basic features of the Pentateuch
  • the social world of the Bible
  • the latest scholarship on the composition of the Pentateuch
  • literary techniques and forms
  • theme, composition and rhetorical function of the Pentateuch
In this textbook you will find double-column formatting for ease of use, annotated bibliographies for further reading, sidebar explorations of select historical and textual topics in greater detail, a glossary of terms, and relevant charts and maps.

Author Bio

Gordon J. Wenham is lecturer in Old Testament at Trinity College, Bristol. He was formerly professor of Old Testament at the University of Gloucestershire. He is a recognized expert on the Pentateuch and has written commentaries on Genesis, Leviticus and Numbers in addition to numerous studies in the Old Testament.

Endorsements

"Gordon Wenham offers a masterly overview of the Pentateuch, then presents and unpacks its problems clearly and fairly. He leads the reader to appreciate both its narratives and its laws, their significance for ancient Israel and their treatment by modern scholars. With his deep perception and respect for Scripture, he has created an outstanding introduction."

—Alan Millard, University of Liverpool

"This is a very readable introduction by one of the leading evangelical scholars currently working on the Pentateuch. Since this section of Scripture presents concepts and characters foundational for all that follows, this is a very important volume indeed."

—David W. Baker, Ashland Theological Seminary

. . .an excellent stepping-stone into the world of the Pentateuch.

—James R. Hamrick, Bible Study Magazine, November/December 2008

Author Bio

Gordon J. Wenham is lecturer in Old Testament at Trinity College, Bristol. He was formerly professor of Old Testament at the University of Gloucestershire. He is a recognized expert on the Pentateuch and has written commentaries on Genesis, Leviticus and Numbers in addition to numerous studies in the Old Testament.

Publisher Description

The Pentateuch, or Torah, is the charter document of Israel's covenant faith, the foundation of Scripture and the key to understanding the biblical story. The themes that are first struck in Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy resonate throughout the Bible. To understand the message of the Pentateuch is essential to interpreting what follows.

No serious student of the Bible can shortcut a mastery of these "five books of Moses." Yet many introductions to the Pentateuch are uninviting and tend to obscure the vast mural of the Pentateuch with the scaffolding of scholarship.

Gordon Wenham has devoted much of his scholarly career to understanding the Pentateuch, and in this volume he reliably guides students through the corridors of the text, pointing out its features and explaining its difficulties. The result is a clear overview of the Pentateuch as we have it.

But Wenham also helps us comprehend the historical and textual questions modern scholarship has posed and the answers it has proposed. And where historical evidence supports or illumines the text, this too is skillfully blended into the discussion.

Wenhams's textbook is up to date, balanced, clearly organized and reliable. And it brims with helpful classroom features: discussion ideas and questions, suggestions for research and debate, essay topic lists and recommended further reading.

Here is a critically informed, textually sensitive and theologically illuminating introduction to the Pentateuch. It offers the instruction of a premier evangelical Pentateuchal scholar in the interactive and reader-friendlly format that is the hallmark of the Exploring the Bible Series.

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