This collection presents eight volumes on Old Testament theology and various Old Testament books. It provides new insights—from both Christian and Jewish communities—on each major section of the Old Testament and illustrates how the Old Testament addresses modern-day concerns. It analyzes violence in the Old Testament narrative and discourages people from using such passages as a justification to act in violence against people of different culture, religion, race, or gender. Aspects of various Old Testament books are also examined, including:
Trauma, disaster, and healing-storytelling in Jeremiah
New methods and models of interpretation—as well as the political and rhetorical implications—in 1 and 2 Kings
Theological approaches to the Psalter
Prophetic speech in ancient Israel and the Hebrew Prophets
The Logos Bible Software edition of the Augsburg Fortress Old Testament Studies Collection is designed to encourage and stimulate your study and understanding of the Hebrew Bible. Scripture passages link directly to your English translations and original-language texts, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. In addition, you can perform powerful searches by topic and find what other authors, scholars, and theologians have to say about the Old Testament.
Analyzes numerous theological aspects of the Old Testament
Provides fresh insights on various Old Testament books, including Exodus, Deuteronomy, Jeremiah, Psalms, 1 and 2 Kings, and the Prophets
Contains contributions from differing religious platforms, including Jewish and Christian, Catholic and Protestant
Title: Augsburg Fortress Old Testament Studies Collection
“The remarkable thing about the Old Testament is the persistence of its visions of a better humanity and a better world.” Rather than seek to establish “what people may or may not once have believed in ancient Israel,” John W. Rogerson addresses “the human condition in today’s world,” asking what interpreters are doing today when they invoke the biblical texts. He draws on the insights of modern thinkers, including Benjamin and Bloch, Adorno and Horkheimer, Assmann and Habermas, to explore the dynamics of cultural memory in human communication.
In the texts of ancient Israel, Rogerson distinguishes “hot” cultural situations, alive to the remarkable potential of narratives that describe unfulfilled human aspirations to open up horizons of change, from “cold” cultural situations, where those potentialities are closed down to reinforce the institutional structures of the status quo. Moving throughout narrative, legal, wisdom, and prophetic corpora and offering fresh and compelling insights at every step, A Theology of the Old Testament draws out powerful visions of human nature and of the world’s future. Throughout Rogerson poses the challenge: Do these visions require a theological basis to be compelling in today’s world, or can they speak as powerfully beyond the confines of religious belief?
A primary aim of the book, beyond the usual suspects in Old Testament theology, is to reach ‘members of the general public’ to show that ‘the more humane humans become . . . the closer they become to what the Old Testament calls the image of God.’ His effort is a daring one, sure to engage both his peers in the field and a broader readership among those who care about the future of the world.
John Rogerson’s A Theology of the Old Testament shows how the Old Testament can address modern concerns with theological sophistication. This is no antiquarian study, but a lively modern reading of the biblical text, in the light of a concern for how we can change the world, not merely understand it. It will find many sympathetic readers.
—John Barton, Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford
Rogerson offers a compelling alternative to biblical theology conceived as Old Testament texts distilled into a collection of divine attributes. Theology in his hands becomes a pursuit to see the God in whose image persons in ideal community are created. This is a brave and mature book that allows contemporary faith and critique to nourish each other as together they discover the Bible’s own capacity for self–criticism inspired by its hope of humans treating one another humanely.
—David E. Fredrickson, professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary, Saint Paul
John W. Rogerson is emeritus professor of biblical studies at the University of Sheffield and an emeritus canon of Sheffield Cathedral. His many books include Myth in Old Testament Interpretation, Old Testament Criticism in the Nineteenth Century, and The Bible and Criticism in Victorian Britain, and (as editor) Introduction to the Bible, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Bible, and (with Judith M. Lieu) The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies.
In this masterwork, one of America’s leading biblical scholars takes a fresh look at the theology of the Old Testament. Anderson cuts his own path and provides us with creative new insights on all the major sections of the Old Testament. He illuminates the nuances of the various covenants and theological shifts in a highly readable style. His conversation partners include the formative contributors from both the Christian community (Eichrodt, von Rad, Childs) and the Jewish community (Heschel, Herberg, Levenson) while interacting with the most recent developments in the field, especially Walter Brueggemann’s Theology of the Old Testament.
Bernhard W. Anderson is emeritus professor of Old Testament theology at Princeton Theological Seminary.
The Texts @ Contexts series gathers scholarly voices from diverse contexts and social locations to bring new or unfamiliar facets of biblical texts to light. Exodus and Deuteronomy focuses attention on two books of the Torah that share themes of journey and of diverse experiences in or upon the land; the echoes of the exodus across time, space, and culture; of different understandings of (male and female) leadership; and of the promise, and problem, posed by various aspects of biblical law. These essays de-center the often homogeneous first-world orientation of much biblical scholarship and open up new possibilities for discovery.
Athalya Brenner is professor emerita at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She is currently professor in biblical studies at the department of Hebrew Culture Studies at Tel Aviv University, Israel and Extraordinary professor at the faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Brenner holds an honorary PhD from the University of Bonn, Germany. She is general editor of the Feminist Companion to Esther, Judith and Susanna, co-editor of Genesis in the Texts @ Contexts series, and author of I Am: Biblical Women Tell Their Own Stories.
Gale A. Yee is Nancy W. King Professor of Biblical Studies at Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA, and general editor of Semeia Studies. Her books include Poor Banished Children of Eve: Women as Evil in the Hebrew Bible; she edited Judges and Method: New Approaches in Biblical Studies, 2nd ed., and co-edited Genesis in the Texts @ Contexts series.
Whether dealing with collective catastrophe or intimate trauma, recovering from emotional and physical hurt is hard. Kathleen O’Connor shows that although Jeremiah’s emotionally wrought language can aggravate readers’ memories of pain, it also documents the ways an ancient community-and the prophet personally-sought to restore their collapsed social world. Both prophet and book provide a traumatized community language to articulate disaster; move self-understanding from delusional security to identity as survivors; constitute individuals as responsible moral agents; portray God as equally afflicted by disaster; and invite a reconstruction of reality.
A deeply moving and lyrical performance by one of today’s leading biblical scholars. Kathleen M. O’Connor’s thoroughly original interpretation of the book of Jeremiah is a ‘must-read’ for all who have been wounded by violence and loss.
This beautifully written book is unflinchingly honest about ways in which ancient Judean responses to the Babylonian onslaught shaped the Jeremiah traditions. Drawing on trauma and disaster studies, O’Connor illumines ways in which the book of Jeremiah intervenes as a source of cultural resilience through its performance of memories of violence and healing storytelling, its fracturing and renewing of language, and its portrayal of the prophet as iconic sufferer. Jeremiah: Pain and Promise will be essential for biblical scholars, preachers, and pastoral care providers.
—Carolyn J. Sharp, associate professor of Hebrew Scriptures, Yale Divinity School
Kathleen M. O’Connor is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. She is the author of Lamentations and the Tears of the World and commentaries on Lamentations and Jeremiah, and coeditor of Troubling Jeremiah.
Soundings in Kings: Perspectives and Methods in Contemporary Scholarship
Authors: Klaus-Peter Adam and Mark Leuchter
Series: Soundings Series: Charting the Currents of Contemporary Scholarship
The reigning assumptions in 1970s and 1980s scholarship on 1 and 2 Kings, and indeed on all of the Deuteronomistic history, have come under serious question. How can differing views of that history be reconciled? What sources were available to the authors? Should we call them “authors”? How well do the Books of Kings fit into the larger history of which they are a part; just who composed that history, toward what end, and in what context? How do the assumptions of contemporary interpreters influence the answers we give to those questions? In Soundings in Kings, international scholars pursue these and related questions by examining 1 and 2 Kings as an independent work, identifying new methods and models for envisioning the social location of the authors (or redactors) of Kings, the nature of the intended audience or audiences, and the political and rhetorical implications of its construction. Soundings in Kings demonstrates the role of Kings as a cornerstone work within the Hebrew Bible, a crossroads between prophecy, poetry, wisdom, ancestral and national narrative, and ritual instruction.
Klaus-Peter Adam is an associate professor of Old Testament at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
Mark Leuchter is director of Jewish Studies at Temple University.
Soundings in the Theology of Psalms: Perspectives and Methods in Contemporary Scholarship
Editor: Rolf A. Jacobson
Series: Soundings Series: Charting the Currents of Contemporary Scholarship
The many introductions to the psalms available to readers tend to focus on various types and forms of psalms but overlook different theological approaches to the Psalter. This volume brings together leading psalms scholars from Catholic and Protestant traditions and takes into account recent scholarship on the shape and shaping of the Psalter and on the rhetorical interpretation of the Psalms.
Rolf A. Jacobson is an associate professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has authored numerous books and Bible studies and is a contributing writer to The Lutheran Handbook and The Lutheran Handbook II.
Noting that the legacy of the prophets remains a powerful element in contemporary society, Jack R. Lundbom explores the contours of prophetic speech in ancient Israel. He surveys the elements of each prophet’s message, describes the characteristics of prophetic rhetoric and symbolic behavior, and discusses the problem of authenticity: how did individuals make the claim to speak as prophets, and how did their audiences recognize their claims? The Hebrew Prophets offers an authoritative introduction to the phenomenon of ancient prophetic speech for the contemporary reader—and hearer.
A fresh look at the Hebrew prophets inspired by the issues of modern times, cast within the prism of Judeo-Christian scholarly traditions, Lundbom’s reassessment of the biblical text represents a critical resource for students of the Bible and laymen alike.
—Seymour Gitin, professor of archaeology, W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem
Already well-respected for his commentary work on Jeremiah, Lundbom now turns his hand, in more introductory fashion, to the whole canon of Hebrew prophets. He asks what they had in common as prophets and what distinguishes them as individuals. This thorough introductory overview draws out the rhetoric, signs, and symbols employed by these ancient forthtellers to express their often startling messages and draws important parallels with modern-day preachers and teachers.
—Katharine Dell, senior university lecturer, St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge
A very useful summary of the Hebrew Bible’s books of the prophets in a clear, reader–friendly form. It is a practical introduction to the prophets and an invitation to delve ever further into their history and their words.
—Richard Elliott Friedman, Ann and Jay Davis Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Georgia
Jack R. Lundbom is visiting professor of Old Testament at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Hong Kong, and the author of the three-volume commentary Jeremiah, and Jeremiah: A Study in Ancient Hebrew Rhetoric.
The Violence of Scripture: Overcoming the Old Testament’s Troubling Legacy
No one can read far in the Old Testament without encountering numerous acts of violence that are sanctioned in the text and attributed to both God and humans. Over the years, these texts have been used to justify all sorts of violence: from colonizing people and justifying warfare, to sanctioning violence against women and children. For those who read the Bible as Scripture, these depictions of “virtuous” violence pose tremendous moral and theological challenges. What can be done to stop people from using the Old Testament in such destructive ways, and how might these violent texts be read more faithfully?
Eric Seibert faces these challenges head-on by confronting the problem of “virtuous” violence and urging people to engage in an ethically responsible reading of these troublesome texts. He offers a variety of reading strategies designed to critique textually sanctioned violence, while still finding ways to use even the most difficult texts constructively, thus providing a desperately needed approach to the violence of Scripture that can help us live more peaceably in a world plagued by religious violence.
Seibert has waded into the tough and demanding question of violence in the Bible with great courage and sensitivity. He exposits the deep problem of pervasive violence and suggests venturesome ways to counter such terrifying testimony. This book will be an important reference point for the interpretive conversation that we must continue to have.
Eric A. Seibert is a professor of Old Testament and former director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Initiative at Messiah College. He is the author of Subversive Scribes and the Solomonic Narrative and Disturbing Divine Behavior.