An Introduction to the Old Testament: Sacred Texts and Imperial Contexts of the Hebrew Bible - eBook
An Introduction to the Old Testament: Sacred Texts and Imperial Contexts of the Hebrew Bible - eBook  -     By: David M. Carr
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9781444356236
ISBN-13: 9781444356236
Series: Wiley Desktop Editions

Publisher's Description

This comprehensive, introductory textbook is unique in exploringthe emergence of the Hebrew Bible in the broader context of worldhistory. It particularly focuses on the influence of pre-Romanempires, empowering students with a richer understanding of OldTestament historiography.
  • Provides a historical context for students learning about thedevelopment and changing interpretations of biblical texts
  • Examines how these early stories were variously shaped byinteraction with the Mesopotamian and Egyptian, Assyrian,Babylonian, Persian, and Hellenistic empires
  • Incorporates recent research on the formation of thePentateuch
  • Reveals how key biblical texts came to be interpreted byJewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths
  • Includes numerous student-friendly features, such as studyquestions, review sections, bibliographies, timelines, andillustrations and photos

Author Bio

David M. Carr is Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Professor Carr's book-length publications include From D to Q: A Study of Early Jewish Interpretations of Solomon's Dream at Gibeon (1991); Reading the Fractures of Genesis: Historical and Literary Approaches (1996); The Erotic Word: Sexuality, Spirituality and the Bible (2003); and Writing on the Tablet of the Heart: Origins of  Scripture and Literature (2005).

Editorial Reviews

"Meanwhile, this is a worthwhile and encouraging introduction:inevitably technical, it is sufficiently helpful in its layout andpresentation for a student to use it on her own, without referenceto a course tutor." (New Directions, 1 March 2011)

"Carr's book is an excellent introduction to what mainstream(non-evangelical) scholars have come to believe about ancientIsrael's literary history." (International Review of BiblicalStudies, 2010)

"I recommend this book to advanced students who already have agood grasp of the text of the Bible in their own mother tonguetranslations; they will be able to apreciate the nuanced meaningsand implications of this book better; they will be challenged tothink through the details that are presented here; on the wholethey will be thankful for their leaning experience." (TheologicalBook Review, 2010)

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