Written by two leading Old Testament scholars with wide ranging expertise, this unique introduction describes the historical, social and cultural setting in which the Old Testament was written, and provides a description of the major genres of literature that it...
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Written by two leading Old Testament scholars with wide ranging expertise, this unique introduction describes the historical, social and cultural setting in which the Old Testament was written, and provides a description of the major genres of literature that it contains. it seeks, therefore, to Illuminate the literature of the Old Testament by showing how it was shaped by the events, social structures, and religions and intellectual ideas of the ancient civilizations and cultures in which it was produced. Unlike most introductions, this book does not build largely on the traditional formats. Rather than a conventional canonical-theological approach, it offers an approach for those interested in the Old Testament as a monumental cultural achievement. It is therefore ideal for students of ancient history and religion in general as well as theology, and requires a minimum of prior knowledge or expertise.
John Rogerson is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield, England. He is the author of numerous books including the Oxford Illustrated History of the Bible.
Emeritus Professor Philip Davies was educated at Oxford and (Ph.D., University of St Andrews), and he taught in Ghana before he was appointed at Sheffield.
His major interests are in intertestamental and rabbinic literature and in the Persian and Hellenistic periods. He is an expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls, and has written four books on that subject: 1QM: The War Scroll from Qumran; Qumran; The Damascus Covenant and Behind the Essenes. He is co-author with John Rogerson of the textbook, The Old Testament World, and author of a book on Old Testament history, In Search of 'Ancient Israel'.
He and Professor Clines founded the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, and he sits on the board of the Supplement Series of monographs.
He is also Executive Officer of the European Association of Biblical Studies and an Editor of Equinox Publishing.
- Part One: The Setting; 1 Geography And Ecology Of The Land Of Israel; 2. Social Organization; 3. Israel's Neighbours; Part Two: The History And Religion Of Israel; 4. Until The Foundation Of The Monarchy; 5. The Monarchic Period; 6. The Exilic, Persian And Ptolemaic Periods; 7. From The Maccabees To Herod The Great; Part Three: Literature And Life; 8. Creation And Origin Stories; 9. Narratives; 10. Legal Texts; 11. Sacrifices And Psalms; 12. Prophetic Literature; 13. Wisdom Literature; 14. Apocalyptic Literature; 15. Beyond The Old Testament; Part Four; 16. Oral Tradition And Early Literary Collections; 17. Later Literary Collections And The Formation Of The Canon; Bibliography And Indexes