Designed for use in upper level college and seminary courses, this volume of the Interpreting Biblical Texts series helps students interpret the Pentateuch. It addresses issues essential for studying the Pentateuch and examines the latest thinking and learning about the social and cultural considerations that enrich a reading of these documents. 183 Pages. Softcover from Abingdon Press.
Terence E. Fretheim is Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary. Among his previous publications is the commentary of Genesis in volume 1 of The New Interpreter's Bible.
In this volume, Terence E. Fretheim seeks to introduce the Pentateuch to modern readers, stressing its continuing capacity to speak a word of--or about--God. The two chapters of Part One provide an orientation to the critical study of the Pentateuch and present a proposal for reading the Pentateuch in terms of its rhetorical strategy. That strategy, Fretheim argues, is designed in such a way as to have a certain effect upon its readers, most basically to shape their faith and life. The five chapters of Part Two focus on the individual books that comprise the Pentateuch.
2001 TERENCE E. FRETHEIM is Elva B. Lovell Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and has been on the faculty of 7 seminary schools, including Princeton, Graduate Theological Union, Vancouver and McCormick. He has authored or contributed to eighteen books, four by Abingdon and a forthcoming commentary on Jeremiah.