The primary aim of this fully illustrated book is to introduce readers to the literature of the Old Testament. To do this, the authors have taken into account the many recent advances in Old Testament studies, and applied them in a clear and accessible manner.
Part 1 The setting: geography and ecology of the Land of Israel - the land, climate and vegetarian, population and agriculture in 1200 BCE, land and land use 1200-587 BCE, land and land use 587 to 63 BCE; the theological significance of the land; social organization - blood ties, conflicting logyalties, the function of genealogies, social groupings; Israel's neighbours - Canaanites, Transjordan, Amalekites and Midianites, Empires. Part 2 The history and religion of Israel: until the time of Solomon - the early Israelites, the Philistines, Saul, David and Solomon, Patriachal traditions, the Exodus; from the division of the kingdom to Babylonian exile - Jeroboam's rebellion, the divided kingdom, the house of OmrI, internal and external conflicts, Kings of Judah, Assyrian aggression, the invasion; Israel under the Persians and Ptolemies - exile, the situation in Judah, the "Return", Ezra and Nehemiah, Elephantine, Alexander and the Ptolemies; from the Maccabees to Herod the Great, the "Hellenistic crisis", the Hasmonean dynastry, Herod the Great. Part 3 Literature and life: creation and origin stories - Sumerian and Akkadian texts, the problems of sources, the meaning of "myth", Genesis; narratives - "factual" versus "fictional" narrative, simple and complex narratives, complex narratives, simple narration; legal texts - administration of justice, the book of the Covenant, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, the Decalogue (Ten Commandments); sacrificies and psalms - sacrifices; sacrifice in Ancient Israel, the world-view of Leviticus 1-16, the psalms; prophetic literature - what if "prophecy"?, prophecy as a social institution; prophets in the Ancient Near East, prophets in Ancient Israel, prophecy in the Old Testaement, individual prophets and prophetic books; wisdom literature - types of wisdom literature, who were the "wise"?; the Book of Proverbs; the Book of Job; the Book of Qoheleth; wisdom Psalms;, Ben Sira;, the Wisdom of Solomon; apocalyptic literature - the meaning of "apocalyptic", apocalyptic subject matter; divination; Jewish apocalypses; beyond the Old Testament - "Judaism", "Early Judaism"; outward characteristices of Early Judaism, times and seasons, the Holy Place - Temple and Priesthood; Scripture; Law and Scribes; the identity of "Israel" in Early Judaism. Part 4 The formation of the Old Testament: oral tradition and pre-exile collections - written forms of the Old Testament; post-exilic collections and the formation of the Canon; the Pentateuch.
The Old Testament World by John Rogerson
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