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An Introduction to the Scriptures of Israel: History and Theology
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An Introduction to the Scriptures of Israel: History and Theology


Eerdmans 2018

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Gathering Interest


In this textbook for Hebrew Bible courses, Tzvi Novick takes a thematic approach rather than a chronological one. Sorting the books according to their historical context, theological claims, and literary conventions, Novick explores the historical and intellectual development of the Hebrew Bible.

With attentiveness to historical-critical and traditional-canonical approaches, An Introduction to the Scriptures of Israel focuses on the dichotomy of the particular and the universal. It shows how this dichotomy impacts each book’s style and content and how it informs Jewish and Christian traditions as they develop. This nontraditional textbook is coherent, engaging, and succinct—a perfect resource for any introductory Hebrew Bible course.

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Key Features

  • Focuses on themes of the Old Testament rather than its chronology
  • Illustrates how the Old Testament text informs both Jewish and Christian theological traditions
  • Includes helpful indexes for finding topics quickly


  • Three Introductions
  • The Wisdom Tradition; Religion without Revelation
  • Revelation and Love: The Patriarchal Narratives and the Song of Songs
  • Joseph and Narrative
  • The Exodus: Freedom and Sonship
  • Sinai: Covenant and code
  • The Problem of Monarchy: Samuel and Kings
  • Condemning Israel, Sparing the Nations: Amos and Jonah
  • Eden and the Art of Reading
  • Priestly Theology and Holy Space
  • Exile and Return: Prophetic Visions
  • The Consolidation of Judaism: Temple and Torah
  • Violence and Identity: Joshua and Judges
  • Jews, Gentiles, and Gender: Esther, Ruth, and Nehemiah
  • Apocalyptic: Daniel and the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • The Israelite at Prayer: The Book of Psalms

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About Tzvi Novick

Tzvi Novick holds the Abrams Chair of Jewish Thought and Culture in the department of theology at the University of Notre Dame.

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