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Jews call the Hebrew Scriptures the "Tanakh" and Christians call them the "Old Testament." It doesn't take long to see that Jews and Christians view the same set of books differently and interpret these scriptures in unique and at times conflicting ways. The Hebrew Bible for Beginners introduces students to the tremendous influence the Hebrew Bible has had on western society for over two millennia and explores the complexities of reading ancient religious literature today. The book also addresses how certain modern critical approaches may initially be alarming, indeed even shocking, to those who have not been exposed to them, but it tackles the conversation in a respectful fashion. Avoiding jargon and convoluted prose, this highly accessible volume provides textboxes, charts, a timeline, a glossary, and regularly includes artistic renderings of biblical scenes to keep lay and beginning readers engaged.
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Abingdon Press
|Publication Date: 2015|
The Abingdon Introduction to the Bible: Understanding Jewish and Christian ScripturesJoel S. Kaminsky, Mark Reasoner, Joel N. LohrAbingdon Press / 2014 / Hardcover$44.99 Retail:
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A Theological Introduction to the Pentateuch: Interpreting the Torah as Christian ScriptureEdited by Richard S. Briggs & Joel N. LohrBaker Academic / 2012 / Trade Paperback$22.50 Retail:
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Jews, Christians, and the Theology of the Hebrew ScripturesAlice Ogden Bellis(ED.) & Joel S. Kaminsky(ED.)Society of Biblical Literature / 2000 / Trade Paperback$46.83 Retail:
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Joel N. Lohr is the dean of religious life and associate professor in the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.
Joel S. Kaminsky is the Morningstar Family Professor of Jewish Studies and professor of Bible in the religion department at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford
One could hardly ask for a better introduction to the Hebrew Bible than what is provided here by two distinguished biblical scholars. Beautifully written, the book provides an overview, not just of the content of each biblical book but also of controversies, critical issues, differences between Hebrew and Greek versions, and a venture into the different ways that Jews and Christians appropriate the Bible in their ongoing traditions. It is both accessible and interesting, excellent as a classroom text but clear enough for anyone to benefit, whether in a group or engaged in individual study.
-Patrick D. Miller,
Charles T. Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology Emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary
This extraordinarily accessible volume discusses the complications of a difficult book with exceptional clarity and fairness. The balance it strikes between what the biblical texts meant in their own times and how they have been taken in the Jewish and Christian traditions is refreshing. Highly recommended for readers from either of those religious traditions and for secular readers alike.
-Jon D. Levenson,
Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies, Harvard Divinity School