From Paradise to the Promised Land has been a popular introduction to the Pentateuch for over fifteen years. T. Desmond Alexander offers a unique alternative to the critical approaches that focus on the authorship and literary nature of these books rather than the actual content. This is surely a welcome approach for learning the stories of the Pentateuch and for being equipped to understand their intended meaning.
In the 3rd edition, Alexander keeps the book fresh and relevant for contemporary students with updated references as well as new material that reflects recent pentateuchal research as well as the author's maturing judgments. The result is a revision that will continue prove valuable for many years to come.
This text has been a popular introduction to the Pentateuch for over fifteen years, offering a unique alternative to the critical approaches that focus on the composition of these books rather than the actual content. With this new edition, T. Desmond Alexander keeps the book fresh and relevant for contemporary students by updating the references and adding material that reflects recent pentateuchal research as well as the author's maturing judgments. The result is a revision that will prove valuable for many years to come.
T. Desmond Alexander (PhD, The Queen's University, Belfast) is senior lecturer in biblical studies and director of postgraduate studies at Union Theological College in Belfast, Ireland. He is the coeditor of the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology.
In this up-to-date and scholarly work, Alexander shows how the first five books of the Bible make sense and hang together. More than that, they lay the foundations of Christian theology so that no one can properly understand the rest of the Bible who has not come to terms with them. Alexander will be found to be a lucid and reliable guide to this vital part of Scripture.
-Gordon J. Wenham,
Trinity College, Bristol
Two virtues about From Paradise to the Promised Land have especially struck me. One is the comprehensiveness of the way it seeks to help us grasp the Pentateuch. The other is the way Alexander shows us how different themes hold these books together--themes such as the sanctuary, kingship, and the land. Both these features open up possibilities in grasping the Pentateuch as a whole.
Fuller Theological Seminary
Desmond Alexander provides an introduction that considers the Pentateuch as a whole, both thematically and theologically. The Pentateuch is presented as a unity, yet the variety of topics within it receive substantial and penetrating treatment. It is the sort of study that many readers and their teachers have long wanted on this first section of the Old Testament.
-J. Gordon McConville,
University of Gloucestershire
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