Understanding the Old Testament (5th Edition)   -     By: Bernard Anderson, Steven Bishop, Judith Newman
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Understanding the Old Testament (5th Edition)

Prentice Hall / Pearson / 2007 / Paperback

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Understanding the Old Testament weaves together historical, theological, and literary elements in the study of the Old Testament. Anderson's textbook has long been noted for its lively presentation of Israel's narrative from the Exodus to the post-exilic period. This fifth edition of a highly popular introduction updates both the text and the bibliography to reflect the most recent scholarly insights into the meaning of the Old Testament, while retaining Anderson's distinctive approach. Anderson's Understanding the Old Testament is unparalleled for its clear and engaging prose that introduces the history, literature, and belief system of ancient Israel.

Features of this edition include:
  • Sections on law, sacrifice, Israelite worship, and settlement theories
  • A treatment of Hellenistic Judaism and the apocrypha
  • Enhanced maps of Israel and its ancient near eastern neighbors

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 653
Vendor: Prentice Hall / Pearson
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 9.1 X 6.9 X 1.0 (inches)
ISBN: 013092380X
ISBN-13: 9780130923806

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Publisher's Description

Presents a study of the Old Testament by interweaving historical, archeological, literary, and religious perspectives. The book traces the story of the people of Israel from the Exodus in the time of Moses through the dawn of the Common Era. It considers the importance of literary criticism and other methods for understanding the literature of ancient Israel; treats the latest archaeological discoveries that illuminate the Old Testament period.

Editorial Reviews

"I have been using Understanding the Old Testament as a required text with college sophomores, and as a recommended aid for M. A. students, for many years now.  The high level of scholarship and writing, and the clarity with which complex material is organized for the students, are its two main attractions for me.  Students appreciate the help of a clear text that guides them through a large volume of complex material.  I appreciate the way the textbook gives the students a kind of road-map, so that I can spend class time on other things."--Mary Callaway, Fordham University

 

"Since I have been using this book, student complaints are down.  It has also given me the freedom to concentrate on the issues of primary interest to me because it covers the material so well...The style, level of detail, examples and so on interest my students, and even those students with little background can follow it"--Harvey Hill, Berry College

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