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Introducing Israel's Scriptures Collection (2 vols.)
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Introducing Israel's Scriptures Collection (2 vols.)

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Augsburg Fortress 2016–2017

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Gathering Interest

Overview

Written by an ecumenical array of respected scholars, these volumes will provide fresh, student-friendly explorations to the writings of the Hebrew Bible and to contemporary scholarship on them. Each volume describes the historical and cultural context in which the writings originated; introduces important episodes, characters, and themes in each book; and addresses issues of contemporary interpretation and debate. Each volume invites the student, regardless of religious orientation, into conversation and exploration of the biblical heritage. These textbooks introduce students to the contents of the Torah and the Historical books of the Old Testament. Together, they help illuminate for study the key interpretive questions and methods shaping contemporary scholarship, inviting readers into the work of interpretation today.

Together, The Pentateuch and The Historical Writings introduction examin the scholarly questions involved the historical and literary interpretation of the relevant Old Testament books. Chapters dealing with each of the individual books, from Genesis to Chronicles discuss literary concerns, historical issues, and theological themes relevant to each book, then offer succinct and informative commentary on the book.

In the Logos edition, these volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • Provides pedagogically focused introductions to the Pentateuch and Historical books of the Old Testament
  • Includes a useful glossary for quickly reference important scholarly and historical terms relevant to Old Testament study
  • Adopts a visually rich style with a multitude of images, maps, timelines
  • Each section also provides recommended reading lists for extended study

Product Details

Individual Titles

The Pentateuch: Introducing the Torah

  • Author: Thomas B. Dozeman
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Pages: 764

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The Pentateuch is the heart of the Hebrew Bible and the foundational document of Judaism. It is also the focus of tremendous scholarly debate regarding the complex history of its composition. This history will be explored along with analysis of the historical background and ancient Near Eastern parallels for its primeval history, its ancestry narratives and laws, the theological purposes of its final redaction, and its diverse interpretation in communities today.

This is probably the most comprehensive survey of studies of the Pentateuch ever written. An invaluable starting point for work on the Torah.

—John J. Collins | Yale Divinity School

Thomas B. Dozeman is professor of Hebrew Bible at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, and cochair of the SBL Pentateuch Group. He is the author of a number of scholarly books and commentaries, incuding the Eerdmans Critical Commentary: Exodus, and coeditor of The Pentateuch: International Perspectives on Current Research (2010) and A Farewell to the Yahwist? The Composition of the Pentateuch in Recent European Interpretation (2006).

The Historical Writings: Introducing Israel's Historical Literature

  • Authors: Mark A. Leuchter and David T. Lamb
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 606

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History has an inescapable centrality in the Hebrew Bible, and biblical narratives are for many readers the best recognized and most memorable parts of the Bible. The history of ancient Israel and the nature of Hebrew historiography remain hotly contested topics today. This new introduction explores key questions and methods shaping contemporary scholarly debate. Students will explore the Deuteronomistic History and other historical writings and evaluate the different roles history-writing plays throughout the Hebrew Bible.

In The Historical Writings, Lamb and Leuchter have provided an accurate, honest, and wise account of the key interpretive issues related to the historical books of the Hebrew Bible. This volume helpfully orients its readers to the major issues while providing further opportunity for a closer reading of the details of these texts. It sets the standard for a new generation of introductions to the Bible.

—Mark J. Boda | McMaster Divinity College

Mark A. Leuchter is associate professor of Hebrew Bible and ancient Judaism and director of Jewish studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His recent publications include The Polemics of Exile in Jeremiah 26–45 (2007) and Samuel and the Shaping of Tradition (2013).

David T. Lamb is professor of Old Testament at Biblical Theological Seminary. He is the author of God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist? (2011) and Prostitutes and Polygamists: A Look at Love, Old Testament Style (2015). He has produce Logos Mobile Education courses, including the Mobile Ed: Kings of Israel Bundle (2 Courses)