An Introduction to the Old Testament Pentateuch Books
Gain a new understanding and appreciation for the incredible events, great prophets, and rich theological themes documented in the Old Testament historical books. Track the tumultuous kingly lines and kingdoms and the establishment of the everlasting Davidic dynasty. Discover life...
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Gain a new understanding and appreciation for the incredible events, great prophets, and rich theological themes documented in the Old Testament historical books. Track the tumultuous kingly lines and kingdoms and the establishment of the everlasting Davidic dynasty. Discover life in exile and the return of a remnant to Jerusalem.
In the Pentateuch, one finds all the themes that would later be expanded upon by other inspired writers. You will learn how these books reveal God's character and requirements for a relationship with Him.
The Pentateuch--Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy--are the vital first books in the Bible. Understanding the scope, meaning, and events of these five books is integral to understanding the whole of Scripture that follows.Old Testament expert Herbert Wolf provides layreaders and scholars alike with a strong undergirding of understanding and knowledge in this introduction that reveals both the seriousness and excitement of the Pentateuch. Readers will find Adam, Abraham, Joseph, Moses and Joshua in these pages, as well as terrible sin and glorious forgiveness, bloody sacrifices and battles, deadly betrayal and life-giving hope.Wolf first addresses the overarching themes that flow through the Pentateuch, with special attention given to Moses as author of the five books. He then addresses each book specifically, covering topics such as purpose and scope, and literary structure. He tailors additional study to each specific book. This book contributes significantly to a clear, deep understanding of the Bible's first five books.
Herbert M. Wolf is associate professor of Old Testament at Wheaton Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois. A translator for the Old Testament section of the New International Version, Dr. Wolf is the author of Haggai and Malachi in the Everyman's Bible Commentary Series as well as numerous journal, magazine, and encyclopedia articles.
- <div>1. Introductionthe Fivefold Division Of The Pentateuchthe Unity Of The Pentateuchthe Impact Of The Pentateuch On The Old Testamentthe Impact Of The Pentateuch On The New Testamentthe Theology Of The Pentateuchthe Samaritan Pentateuchthe Literary Characteristics Of The Pentateuchthe Significance Of Moses2. Authorshipthe Case For Mosaic Authorshippossible Sources Used By Mosesalternative Views Of The Formation Of The Pentateuchrecent Critical Approaches To The Pentateuchconclusion3. Genesistitlepurpose And Scopeliterary Structureproblems In Genesis 1-11the Beginnings Of The Nation Of Israel4. Exodustitle Purpose And Scopeliterary Structureliberation Theologythe Significance Of The Plaguesthe Passoverthe Date Of The Exodusthe Numerical Size Of Israelthe Sinai Covenanta Comparison With Other Ancient Law Codesthe Tabernacle As God's Dwelling Place5. Leviticustitlepurpose And Scopeliterary Structurethe Meaning Of The Sacrificial Systemthe Role Of The Priests And Levitesthe Meaning Of "clean" And "unclean"the Day Of Atonementholy Livingthe Challenge To Obey6. Numberstitlepurpose And Scopeliterary Structurethe Organization Of The Tribesrebellion At Kadesh Barneaforty Years In The Wildernessthe Enigmatic Role Of Balaampreparation For The Promised Land7. Deuteronomytitlepurpose And Scopeliterary Structurethe Centrality Of The "shema"the Covenant Curses: Paradigm For The Prophets</div>