In this highly regarded textbook, now issued in a second edition, David Clines shows how the Pentateuch, though composed of a rich array of diverse materials, can still be read as a unity. It has a single theme: the fulfilment of the threefold promise to the ancestors-of land, of descendants and of a relationship with God. As the pentateuch proceeds, each of these promises comes in turn to the fore, though none of them ever finds complete fulfilment. The literary approach to the Pentateuch can be integrated successfully with the more traditional source criticism: and there are fruitful theological possibilities also in reading the Pentateuch as a unified story. For this second edition, the author has written a concluding chapter, suggesting how The Theme of the Pentateuch should be read in today's changing intellectual climate.
This popular textbook regards the Pentateuch as a literary whole, with a single theme that binds it together. The overarching theme is the partial fulfilment of the promises to the patriarchs. Though the method of the book is holistic, the origin and growth of the theme is also explored using the methods of traditional source analysis. An important chapter explores the theological function of the Pentateuch both in the community for which the Pentateuch was first composed and in our own time. For this second, enlarged edition, the author has written an Epilogue reassessing the theme of the Pentateuch from a more current postmodern perspective.>
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