Back to Top
Our Stores Contact Us Help
Welcome, {{username}} Log Out Log In   /  Sign Up

Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible

Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible

$32.99

Paperback
Much of the Old Testament seems strange to contemporary readers. However, as we begin to understand how ancient people viewed the world, the Old Testament becomes more clearly a book that stands within its ancient context as it also speaks against it. John Walton provides here a thoughtful introduction to the conceptual world of the ancient Near East.Walton surveys the literature of the ancient Near East and introduces the reader to a variety of beliefs about God, religion, and the world. In helpful sidebars, he provides examples of how such studies can bring insight to the interpretation of specific Old Testament passages. Students and pastors who want to deepen their understanding of the Old Testament will find this a helpful and instructive study.

- Publisher Contents Part 1 Comparative Studies Part 2 Literature Of The Ancient Near East Part 3 Religion Part 4 Cosmos Part 5 People

- Publisher "Comparisons between the culture of biblical Israel and the other cultures of the ancient Near East have long been a fundamental part of biblical scholarship, but more often than not, they have been presented in piecemeal, isolated fashion. In his new book, John Walton offers a much broader reach, giving us arguably the most extensive review of these cultural comparisons now available together with a serious meditation on what the enterprise of cultural comparison is all about in biblical study. One may not always agree with his views, but invariably one will come away challenged to rethink the purpose and value of such comparisons for understanding the Hebrew Bible and its world."--Peter B. Machinist, Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages, Harvard University"This book is a must read for serious students of the Old Testament. John Walton has employed his extensive background and experience to write this excellent survey of the interface between the ancient Near East and Israel. His introductory chapter on comparative studies sets the groundwork for the student to understand the 'Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible,' as he subtitles his book. I especially appreciate his sidebars on 'Comparative Exploration,' which enable readers to 'zero in' on the comparative topic of their choice relatively easily. The book is thoroughly readable yet very scholarly. Thus, beginning students, seminarians, and the interested public will find gold mines of conceptual information in this excellent work. It provides a very useful resource for comparative studies."--Mark W. Chavalas, professor of history, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse"John Walton has produced an important and useful guide to entering into some of the major worldviews and value systems found in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Israel. As a unique contribution to the study of that era, his work both introduces readers to this thought world and bridges the gaps between ancient Near Eastern texts and the perspectives of the Bible. Walton's engaging style makes this an ideal introductory text for these important areas of Bible backgrounds."--Richard S. Hess, professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages, Denver Seminary"'Do you understand what you read?' Philip the evangelist's question lies behind John Walton's fine exploration of the concepts of the Old Testament world. As no other author has done, he penetrates beyond the simple comparisons often made to bring back intelligence about the contexts and constitution of that ancient world, stressing the ideas Israel and its contemporaries held in common--such as 'deity is on the inside, not the outside' of life--and discussing accounts of creation, views of history and of the future. Yet Walton repeatedly demonstrates how Israel's faith was distinct, its God revealing his will by writing his law on his people's hearts, a metaphor from divination implying that they reveal his law to others. That's one of many cases where interpretation gains from 'comparative exploration.' Others warn of the danger in carelessly imposing a modern worldview on texts such as Genesis 1. This book deserves the attention of all serious Bible teachers and students."--Alan R. Millard, University of Liverpool

- Publisher

You May Also Be Interested In

About "Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible"

Much of the Old Testament seems strange to contemporary readers. However, as we begin to understand how ancient people viewed the world, the Old Testament becomes more clearly a book that stands within its ancient context as it also speaks against it. John Walton provides here a thoughtful introduction to the conceptual world of the ancient Near East.Walton surveys the literature of the ancient Near East and introduces the reader to a variety of beliefs about God, religion, and the world. In helpful sidebars, he provides examples of how such studies can bring insight to the interpretation of specific Old Testament passages. Students and pastors who want to deepen their understanding of the Old Testament will find this a helpful and instructive study.
- Publisher

Contents Part 1 Comparative Studies Part 2 Literature Of The Ancient Near East Part 3 Religion Part 4 Cosmos Part 5 People
- Publisher

"Comparisons between the culture of biblical Israel and the other cultures of the ancient Near East have long been a fundamental part of biblical scholarship, but more often than not, they have been presented in piecemeal, isolated fashion. In his new book, John Walton offers a much broader reach, giving us arguably the most extensive review of these cultural comparisons now available together with a serious meditation on what the enterprise of cultural comparison is all about in biblical study. One may not always agree with his views, but invariably one will come away challenged to rethink the purpose and value of such comparisons for understanding the Hebrew Bible and its world."--Peter B. Machinist, Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages, Harvard University"This book is a must read for serious students of the Old Testament. John Walton has employed his extensive background and experience to write this excellent survey of the interface between the ancient Near East and Israel. His introductory chapter on comparative studies sets the groundwork for the student to understand the 'Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible,' as he subtitles his book. I especially appreciate his sidebars on 'Comparative Exploration,' which enable readers to 'zero in' on the comparative topic of their choice relatively easily. The book is thoroughly readable yet very scholarly. Thus, beginning students, seminarians, and the interested public will find gold mines of conceptual information in this excellent work. It provides a very useful resource for comparative studies."--Mark W. Chavalas, professor of history, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse"John Walton has produced an important and useful guide to entering into some of the major worldviews and value systems found in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Israel. As a unique contribution to the study of that era, his work both introduces readers to this thought world and bridges the gaps between ancient Near Eastern texts and the perspectives of the Bible. Walton's engaging style makes this an ideal introductory text for these important areas of Bible backgrounds."--Richard S. Hess, professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages, Denver Seminary"'Do you understand what you read?' Philip the evangelist's question lies behind John Walton's fine exploration of the concepts of the Old Testament world. As no other author has done, he penetrates beyond the simple comparisons often made to bring back intelligence about the contexts and constitution of that ancient world, stressing the ideas Israel and its contemporaries held in common--such as 'deity is on the inside, not the outside' of life--and discussing accounts of creation, views of history and of the future. Yet Walton repeatedly demonstrates how Israel's faith was distinct, its God revealing his will by writing his law on his people's hearts, a metaphor from divination implying that they reveal his law to others. That's one of many cases where interpretation gains from 'comparative exploration.' Others warn of the danger in carelessly imposing a modern worldview on texts such as Genesis 1. This book deserves the attention of all serious Bible teachers and students."--Alan R. Millard, University of Liverpool
- Publisher

Meet the Author

John Walton

John H. Walton (Ph.D., Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, Illinois. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including A Survey of the Old Testament, Old Testament Today, The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament and Genesis (NIVAC)
Koorong - Editorial Review.

Table Of Contents

  • Part 1: Comparative Studies
    1. History And Methods
    2. Comparative Studies, Scholarship, And Theology
    part 2: Literature Of The Ancient Near East
    3. Summary Of The Literature Of The Ancient Near East
    part 3: Religion
    4. The Gods
    5. Temples And Rituals
    6. State And Family Religion
    part 4: Cosmos
    7. Cosmic Geography
    8. Cosmology And Cosmogony
    part 5: People
    9. Understanding The Past: Human Origins And Role
    10. Understanding The Past: Historiography
    11. Encountering The Present: Guidance For Life--divination And Omens
    12. Encountering The Present: Context Of Life--cities And Kingship
    13. Encountering The Present: Guidelines For Life--law And Wisdom
    14. Pondering The Future On Earth And After Death postscript

Available Now.

2 Available
Quantity

Add to Wishlist

WHY WAIT!

Expected to ship tomorrow from Australia.

Delivery / Shipping Info

Product Details

Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 245723
  • Product Code 0801027500
  • EAN 9780801027505
  • Pages 368
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Old Testament
  • Publisher Baker Book House
  • Publication Date Nov 2006
  • Sales Rank #21933
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 22 mm
  • Weight 0.589kg

Bestsellers in Biblical Studies