Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (3rd Edition)
John J. Collins's Introduction to the Hebrew Bible is one of the most reliable and widely adopted critical textbooks at undergraduate and graduate levels alike, and for good reason. Enriched by decades of classroom teaching, it is aimed explicitly at...
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John J. Collins's Introduction to the Hebrew Bible is one of the most reliable and widely adopted critical textbooks at undergraduate and graduate levels alike, and for good reason. Enriched by decades of classroom teaching, it is aimed explicitly at motivated students, regardless of their previous exposure to the Bible or faith commitments. The approach is ecumenical, in the sense that it seeks not to impose any particular theological perspective but to provide information and raise questions that should be relevant to any student.Collins proceeds through the canon of the Old Testament and the Apocrypha, judiciously presenting the current state of historical, archaeological, and literary understanding of the biblical text, and engaging the student in questions of significance and interpretation for the contemporary world.The third edition is presented in a new and engaging format with new maps and images. An index has been added to the volume for the first time.
John J. Collins (Ph.D.,Harvard University) is Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School. He has authored or edited thirty books, including Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Daniel (Hermeneia Commentary Series), and The Scepter and the Star: The Messiahs of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Other Ancient Literature. He has served as president of the Catholic Biblical Association, president of the Society of Biblical Literature, and editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature.
- Mapsillustrationsprefacepreface To The Second Editionpreface To The Third Editionabbreviationsintroduction: What Are The Hebrew Bible And Old Testament?part One: The Torah/pentateuch 1 The Near Eastern Context 2 The Nature Of The Pentateuchal Narrative 3 The Primeval History 4 The Patriarchs 5 The Exodus From Egypt 6 The Revelation At Sinai 7 The Priestly Theology: Exodus 25-40, Leviticus, And Numbers 8 Deuteronomypart Two: The Deuteronomistic History 9 The Book Of Joshua10 Judges11 First Samuel12 Second Samuel13 1 Kings 1-11: Solomon And The Divided Monarchy14 1 Kings 12-2 Kings 25: Tales Of Prophets And The End Of The Kingdompart Three: Prophecy15 Amos And Hosea16 Isaiah, Micah, Nahum, And Zephaniah17 The Babylonian Era: Habakkuk, Jeremiah, And Lamentations18 The Exilic Period: Ezekiel And Obadiah19 The Additions To The Book Of Isaiah20 Postexilic Prophecy: Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Joel, Jonahpart Four: The Writings21 Ezra And Nehemiah22 The Books Of Chronicles23 The Psalms And Song Of Songs24 Proverbs25 Job And Qoheleth26 The Hebrew Short Story: Ruth, Esther, Tobit, And Judith27 Daniel, 1-2 Maccabees28 The Deuterocanonical Wisdom Books: Ben Sira, Wisdom Of Solomon, And Baruch29 From Tradition To Canonglossaryindex