In this updated edition of the popular textbook, Walter Brueggemann and Linafelt invite readers to engage in the construction of meaning in the timeless texts of the Old Testament. The authors demonstrate the development of theological concepts from the Torah through post-exilic Judaism.
The Second Edition includes a substantial new chapter on the literary qualities of the biblical books. It also features textboxes in the form of "close readings" and "midrashic moments"; updates to reflect the latest scholarship; an expanded bibliography; and a new subject index.
In this updated edition of the popular textbook, Walter Brueggemann and Tod Linafelt introduce the reader to the broad theological scope of the Old Testament, treating some of the most important issues and methods in contemporary biblical interpretation. This clearly written textbook focuses on the literature of the Old Testament as it grew out of religious, political, and ideological contexts over many centuries in Israel's history. Covering every book in the Old Testament (arranged in canonical order), the authors demonstrate the development of theological concepts in biblical writings from the Torah through post-exilic Judaism. This introduction invites readers to engage in the construction of meaning as they venture into these timeless texts.
Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary.
Tod Linafelt is Professor of Biblical Literature in the Theology Department at Georgetown University.