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The Hebrew Bible: A Socio-Literary Introduction

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Along with an overview of the Hebrew Bible, including introductions to each book, Gottwald provides social analysis of ancient Israel and commentary on how these books fit into that society. His acute treatment of literary genres, social conflicts, and contemporary scholarship makes this an indispensable textbook and reference work.

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  • Includes bibliography and index
  • Features maps and illustrations
 . . . A monumental volume, combining the very latest approaches to the ancient text with encyclopedic knowledge of the older methods . . . One of Gottwald's most helpful tools is a series of charts and tables that add enormously to the value of the text. The next time I teach an introduction to the Hebrew Bible, I will without a doubt turn to Gottwald for my text.

—John C. Holbert, Perkins Journal

 . . . This book is perhaps the best general introduction to the mainstream of current critical study of the Hebrew Bible on the market . . . At points the discussion is little short of brilliant. Gottwald has made an immense contribution to modern biblical scholarship. A generation of students will be in his debt for pulling it all together.

—Duane L. Christensen, American Baptist Seminary of the West and Graduate Theological Union

 . . . A significant survey of the Old Testament, which combines the usual literary and theological evaluation with the social-historical approach . . . The structure and format is excellent for students. Gottwald's work will become a standard text in Old Testament research for years to come.

—obert Gnuse, Loyola University

Fair . . . balanced . . . judicious. [This volume] would make a good, balanced introduction for college and university students, and a useful reference work for scholars.

—J. J. M. Roberts, Theology Today

  • Title: The Hebrew Bible: A Socio-Literary Introduction
  • Author: Norman K. Gottwald
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 736
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Norman K. Gottwald is Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at New York Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous works, including The Tribes of Yahweh, All the Kingdoms of the Earth, A Light to the Nations, and The Politics of Ancient Israel.

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