This introduction to the Old Testament is written to cover all key components of most OT courses and also to help students to think for themselves about key issues of interpretation.
Built upon John Goldingay’s decades of studying and teaching the Old Testament, this introduction is unusual in that it sets out background information, notes interpretative possibilities, raises questions and suggests approaches to the text. This introduction has the feel of a workbook, encouraging students to investigate the Old Testament, both critically and prayerfully, for themselves.
Learn about the background of the Old Testament with John Walton in the Mobile Ed: John Walton Background of the Old Testament Bundle (2 courses)
“I have implied already that it’s more important to help people read the Bible for themselves than to tell them what the Bible says. The Reformation displaced the pope as the person who decided what the Bible means, but it’s easy to replace the pope with pastors or professors, in which case you’re no better off. My aim in this book is to help you study the Bible for yourself.” (Page 7)
“The ‘Old Testament’ is the Christian term for the collection of scrolls in Hebrew and Aramaic that the Jewish community accepts as its Scriptures, and to which it often refers as the ‘Torah [or Law], the Prophets and the Writings,’ or ‘Tanak’ for short (from the initial letters of the three Hebrew nouns ‘Torah,’ ‘Nebi’im,’ ‘Ketubim’).” (Page 12)
“But it is fine if the Torah is more like a movie based on fact than like a totally factual documentary, and describing the Torah as narrative or story rather than simply history releases us from having to ask which we are reading at any given moment.” (Page 56)
“It’s easy for modern Western readers to assume that the story needs to be completely historical in order to be valid, and if it seems to combine history and parable, we are inclined to assume that we need to be able to tell where history ends and parable begins. But it seems that in inspiring the book of Joshua, the Holy Spirit did not see it that way, and God invites us to relax in reading the book as it is.” (Page 163)
“Among the features of his stories that put us on the track of their being parable not history are (1) humor and irony; (2) exaggeration (things are larger than life); (3) ‘stock’ characters; (4) schematic structure; (5) numerical schemes; (6) formulaic neatness and closure.” (Page 28)
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