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Old Testament Studies Bundle, ver. 2, M (22 vols.)
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Go deeper into the Old Testament’s world with discussion of the social forces that shaped Israel in The Hebrew Bible: A Brief Socio-Literary Introduction and A Social History of Ancient Israel. Walter Brueggemann’s An Unsettling God explores the challenging issue of God’s relationship with Israel.

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New to Version 2
Beyond Suffering: Discovering the Message of Job        
David in Love and War: The Pursuit of Power in 2 Samuel 10–12        
Prophecy and Ethics: Isaiah and the Ethical Traditions of Israel        
In Conversation with Jonah: Conversation Analysis, Literary Criticism and the Book of Jonah        
Reading the Psalms as a Book        
God's Story Revealed: A Guide for Understanding the Old Testament        
Hope Amidst Ruin: A Literary and Theological Analysis of Ezra        
I Have Built You an Exalted House: Temple Building in the Bible in Light of Mesopotamian and Northwest Semitic Writings        
Colour Terms in the Old Testament        
The Nathan Narratives        
Revisions of the Night: Politics and Promises in the Patriarchal Dreams of Genesis        
The Confessions of Jeremiah in Context: Scenes of Prophetic Drama        
Together in the Land: A Reading of the Book of Joshua        
The Composition of the Book of Proverbs        
The Psalms of the Sons of Korah        
God, Pharaoh and Moses: Explaining the Lord’s Actions in the Exodus Plagues Narrative        
Structure and the Book of Zechariah        
Reading the Latter Prophets: Toward a New Canonical Criticism        
Urbanism in Antiquity: From Mesopotamia to Crete        
Rhetoric and Biblical Interpretation        
The Purification Offering in the Priestly Literature: Its Meaning and Function        
Israel in Egypt: Reading Exodus 1–2        
Sodom and Gomorrah: History and Motif in Biblical Narrative        
To See and Not Perceive: Isaiah 6.9–10 in Early Jewish and Christian Interpretation        
Wealth and Poverty in the Book of Proverbs        
The Roles of Israel’s Prophets        
Joseph, Wise and Otherwise: The Intersection of Wisdom and Covenant in Genesis 37–50        
Debt-Slavery in Israel and the Ancient Near East        
Images of Empire        
Lectures on the Religion of the Semites (Second and Third Series)        
The Emergence of Yehud in the Persian Period: A Social and Demographic Study        
The Royal God: Enthronement Festivals in Ancient Israel and Ugarit?        
Writing and Ancient Near Eastern Society: Papers in Honour of Alan R. Millard        
On Humour and the Comic in the Hebrew Bible        
In Search of Pre-exilic Israel: Proceedings of the Oxford Old Testament Seminar        
Rewriting Moses: The Narrative Eclipse of the Text        
Job 29-31 in the Light of Northwest Semitic: A Translation and Philological Commentary        
Job in the Light of Northwest Semitic, vol. 1        
Northwest Semitic Grammar and Job        
The Genesis Apocryphon of Qumran Cave 1 (1Q20): A Commentary, 3rd ed.        
The New Literary Criticism and the Hebrew Bible        
Ideology of Ritual: Space, Time and Status in the Priestly Theology        
Priesthood and Cult in Ancient Israel        
Hannah’s Desire, God’s Design: Early Interpretations of the Story of Hannah        
Narrative and Novella in Samuel: Studies by Hugo Gressmann and Other Scholars 1906–1923        
Telling Queen Michal’s Story: An Experiment in Comparative Interpretation        
A Feminist Companion to Esther, Judith and Susanna        
Can a ‘History of Israel’ Be Written?        
The Leopard’s Spots: Biblical and African Wisdom in Proverbs        
The Pentateuch: A Social-Science Commentary        
The Prayers of David: Psalms 51–72        
The Prostitute and the Prophet: Reading Hosea in the Late Twentieth Century        
The Chronicler as Author: Studies in Text and Texture        
Chronicles and Exodus: An Analogy and Its Application        
King and Cultus in Chronicles: Worship and the Reinterpretation of History        
Retribution and Eschatology in Chronicles        
The Chronicler as Theologian: Essays in Honor of Ralph W. Klein        
The Chronicler in His Age        
The Chronicler’s History        
The Lord’s Song: The Basis, Function and Significance of Choral Music in Chronicles        
The Persuasive Appeal of the Chronicler: A Rhetorical Analysis        
Israel in the Book of Kings: The Past as a Project of Social Identity        
Narrative Art, Political Rhetoric: The Case of Athaliah and Joash        
Subversive Scribes and the Solomonic Narrative: A Rereading of 1 Kings 1–11        
David, Solomon and Egypt: A Reassessment        
David’s Social Drama: A Hologram of Israel’s Early Iron Age        
House of God or House of David: The Rhetoric of 2 Samuel 7        
The Book of Esther in Modern Research        
The Esther Scroll: The Story of the Story        
Three Faces of a Queen: Characterization in the Books of Esther        
‘The Book of the Covenant’: A Literary Approach        
A New Heart and a New Soul: Ezekiel, the Exile and the Torah        
Swallowing the Scroll: Textuality and the Dynamics of Discourse in Ezekiel’s Prophecy        
Announcements of Plot in Genesis        
Out of Eden: Reading, Rhetoric, and Ideology in Genesis 2–3        
The Forsaken First-Born: A Study of a Recurrent Motif in the Patriarchal Narratives        
The Old Testament and Folklore Study        
What Does Eve Do to Help? and Other Readerly Questions to the Old Testament        
Hosea: An Israelite Prophet in Judean Perspective        
Prophecy, Poetry and Hosea        
Prophesying the Past: The Use of Israel’s History in the Book of Hosea        
Concentricity and Continuity: The Literary Structure of Isaiah        
From Chaos to Restoration: An Integrative Reading of Isaiah 24–27        
New Visions of Isaiah        
Opponents of Third Isaiah: Reconstructing the Cultic History of the Restoration        
There is Hope for a Tree: The Tree as Metaphor in Isaiah        
Until the Spirit Comes: The Spirit of God in the Book of Isaiah        
From Repentance to Redemption: Jeremiah’s Thought in Transition        
The Prophetic Persona: Jeremiah and the Language of the Self        
Wisdom in Revolt: Metaphorical Theology in the Book of Job        
Signs of Jonah: Reading and Rereading in Ancient Yehud        
Joshua 24 as Poetic Narrative        
The Book of the Judges: An Integrated Reading        
Biblical Sound and Sense: Poetic Sound Patterns in Proverbs 10–29        
Defining the Sacred Songs: Genre, Tradition, and the Post-Critical Interpretation of the Psalms        
Psalm and Story: Inset Hymns in Hebrew Narrative        
Psalm Structures: A Study of Psalms with Refrains        
Psalms of the Way and the Kingdom: A Conference with the Commentators        
The Conflict of Faith and Experience in the Psalms: A Form-Critical and Theological Study        
The Identity of the Individual in the Psalms        
The Psalms and their Readers: Interpretive Strategies for Psalm 18        
The Shape and Shaping of the Psalter        
Paradisal Love: Johann Gottfried Herder and the Song of Songs        
The Song of Fourteen Songs        
Among the Prophets: Language, Image and Structure in the Prophetic Writings        
Of Prophets’ Visions and the Wisdom of Sages: Essays in Honour of R. Norman Whybray on His Seventieth Birthday        
Prophets and Paradigms: Essays in Honor of Gene M. Tucker        
The Search for Quotation: Verbal Parallels in the Prophets        
Zephaniah: A Prophetic Drama        
Understanding the Word: Essays in Honor of Bernhard W. Anderson        
Worship and the Hebrew Bible: Essays in Honor of John T. Willis        
The End of the Matter: Understanding the Epilogue of Ecclesiastes        
Eve: Accused or Acquitted?: An Analysis of Feminist Readings of the Creation Narrative Texts in Genesis 1–3        
Living the Dream: Joseph for Today: A Dramatic Exposition of Genesis 37–50        
Old Testament Story and Christian Ethics: The Rape of Dinah as a Case Study        
A Portrayal of Trust: The Theme of Faith in the Hezekiah Narratives        
Surrendering Retribution in the Psalms: Responses to Violence in Individual Complaints        
Thou Traveller Unknown: The Presence and Absence of God in the Jacob Narrative        
The Triumph of Grace in Deuteronomy: Faithless Israel, Faithful Yahweh in Deuteronomy        
The Books of Esther: Structure, Genre and Textual Integrity        
A Walk in the Garden: Biblical, Iconographical and Literary Images of Eden        
Edom, Israel’s Brother and Antagonist: The Role of Edom in Biblical Prophecy and Story        
Also Included
A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible        
Introducing the Old Testament        
A House for My Name: A Survey of the Old Testament        
The Hebrew Bible: A Brief Socio-Literary Introduction        
The Social History of Ancient Israel: An Introduction        
An Unsettling God: The Heart of the Hebrew Bible        
Introduction to the Old Testament as Scripture        
The Hebrew Bible: A Comparative Approach        
Prolegomena to the History of Israel        

Key Features

  • Leading textbook in Old Testament studies
  • Concise introduction to the Hebrew scriptures
  • Treatment of the spirituality and religious values of the Old Testament
  • Discussion of the major deuterocanonical books
  • Analysis of some of the ethical issues raised by the Old Testament in relation to contemporary concerns

A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

John J. Collins’s Introduction to the Hebrew Bible is a leading textbook in Old Testament studies. With this new, well-tailored abridgement of that larger work, Collins’s erudition is now available to general readers and professors and students who prefer a shorter, more concise introduction to the Hebrew scriptures. Also includes new maps, images, and study questions that are especially designed for the college student.

A balanced and richly informative introduction that covers essential critical and comparative perspectives and sets up pertinent interpretive issues, leaving the instructor free to work with the class in any number of directions...This is a textbook written by someone who not only knows his students but who genuinely likes them—and likes to challenge them!

—Carol Newsom, professor of Old Testament, Candler School of Theology

John J. Collins is Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School and author of many works.

The Hebrew Bible: A Brief Socio-Literary Introduction

One of the pioneers of the socioliterary study of the Hebrew Bible introduces the beginning student to the social forces that shaped ancient Israel’s history and scriptures. Norman K. Gottwald brings new light to every book of the Hebrew Bible, and to the older traditions and sources on which those writings in part depend, paying particular attention to the rise and fall of empires and the social revolution achieved in Israel’s beginnings.

Rebecca J. Kruger Gaudino has prepared a clear and concise abridgement of Gottwald’s classic textbook, now thoroughly updated and lavishly illustrated with maps, diagrams, and photos.

Gottwald’s introduction takes you into the world from which the Hebrew Bible emerges. He recreates the full sweep of empires and shows how their literary traditions shape the literary traditions of the Hebrew Bible...

—Steed V. Davidson, assistant professor, Old Testament, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

Norman K. Gottwald is a 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.

Rebecca J. Kruger Gaudino is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and holds a doctorate in English.

The Social History of Ancient Israel: An Introduction

Histories of ancient Israel have usually focused attention on major figures in powerful positions: kings, prophets, and patriarchs. Kessler asks about the larger social patterns that shaped the everyday life of ordinary people, from the emergence of Israel in the hills of Canaan, to the Jewish populations of Greek city-states in the Hellenistic age.

The introductory section includes discussion of social history as discipline and as method, event history and the “long haul,” the representation of social history, and the history of research. Two other sections explore the methods of the social history of Israel and the epochs of Israel’s social history, including discussions of environment as living space, Israel’s emergence as a kinship-based society, exile and its consequences, and more.

The Social History of Ancient Israel presents a coherent overarching social history that synthesizes the intensive work done on each of the major epochs of Israelite history from the tribal period to the Hellenistic era. It also helps to close the gap between continental and Anglo-American social critics of the Bible whose respective pursuits have not been widely shared with one another to date.

—Norman K. Gottwald, Pacific School of Religion

Rainer Kessler is a professor of Old Testament at the University of Marburg and author of a number of books in Hebrew Bible.

An Unsettling God: The Heart of the Hebrew Bible

In the pages of the Hebrew Bible, ancient Israel gave witness to its encounter with a profound and uncontrollable reality experienced through relationship. This book, drawn from the heart of foremost Old Testament theologian Walter Brueggemann’s Theology of the Old Testament, distills a career’s worth of insights into the core message of the Hebrew Bible. God is described there, Brueggemann observes, as engaging four “partners”—Israel, the nations, creation, and the human being—in the divine purpose. This volume presents Brueggemann at his most engaging, offering profound insights tailored especially for the beginning student of the Hebrew Bible.

A luminous and honest reading of the relationality that animates the Hebrew Scriptures. Brueggemann’s masterful exposition of the fragility and resilience of covenant will leave readers unsettled indeed, for here we glimpse a God who is indescribably powerful yet ‘deeply at risk’ in relationships...

—Carolyn J. Sharp, associate professor, Hebrew Scriptures, Yale Divinity School

Walter Brueggemann, through his teaching, lecturing, and writing, has effectively demonstrated the significance of the Old Testament for our fractured world today. Recognized as the preeminent interpreter of the ancient texts in relation to questions posed by a variety of academic disciplines, he has shown the way toward a compelling understanding of the major components of the faith and life of ancient Israel, especially its Psalms, the prophets, and the narratives. His award-winning Theology of the Old Testament quickly became a foundational work in the field.

Professor Brueggemann, who holds the ThD from Union Seminary, New York, and the PhD from St. Louis University, is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. He was previously Professor of Old Testament at Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis. His many Augsburg Fortress books, including The Threat of Life: Sermons on Pain, Power, and Weakness, exhibit a fecund combination of imaginative power, sound scholarship, and a passion of justice and redemption.

On November 17, 2000 the Association of Theological Booksellers presented Walter Brueggemann and Augsburg Fortress with a Theologos Award for Best General Interest Book 2000 at a dinner in Brueggemann’s honor. The award-winning book, Deep Memory, Exuberant Hope: Contested Truth in a Post-Christian World, which was edited by Patrick D. Miller, came out in July 2000.

Introduction to the Old Testament as Scripture

This introduction attempts to offer a different model for the discipline from that currently represented. It seeks to describe the form and function of the Hebrew Bible in its role as sacred scripture for Israel. It argues the case that the biblical literature has not been correctly understood or interpreted because its role as religious literature has not been correctly assessed.

Child’s Introduction stands as a monumental contribution to Old Testament scholarship. It will be, appropriately, a significant factor in biblcial studies for at least the balance of this century.

—John F. Priest, author

Brevard S. Childs is Sterling Professor of Divinity, Emeritus at Yale Divinity School (New Haven, Connecticut). He is the author of several Augsburg Fortress books, including Old Testament Theology in a Canonical Context and Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments.

The Hebrew Bible: A Comparative Approach

In The Hebrew Bible: A Comparative Approach, Christopher D. Stanley provides a Hebrew Bible textbook admirably suited to college and university courses in religious studies.

At once accessible and comprehensive, The Hebrew Bible approaches the Bible through the categories of comparative religion, carefully distinguishing the religion of ancient Israel from the religion represented in the Bible and discussing such dimensions of religion as the role of scripture, symbol and worldview, sacred narrative (myth), ritual and community, and the encounter with the holy.

Bravo! Finally, here is a thoughtful textbook on the Hebrew Bible and its context from the perspective of Religious Studies. This is a book that—without compromising academic rigor—caters to real students of the twenty-first centruy embarking on a semester-long course...

—Johanna Stiebert, associate professor, Hebrew Bible, University of Tennessee

Christopher D. Stanley is a professor of theology and teaches courses in Biblical studies and religion and culture at St. Bonaventure University. He is the author of numerous books and articles in biblical studies, including Paul and the Language of Scripture and Arguing with Scripture: The Rhetoric of Quotations in the Letters of Paul.

Beyond Suffering: Discovering the Message of Job

In the book of Job, a pain-torn man tries to understand the mind of God while his friends offer their human opinions on his suffering. But when the final answer comes, there are no more speeches. Not from them.

Rich with personal experience and examples drawn from the lives of great men, Layton Talbert's exploration of the book of Job deals with the depths of human suffering and the heights of God's supreme purpose. Dr. Talbert's thorough research, detailed examination of each speaker's perspective, and countless cross-references make Beyond Suffering an essential resource for any student of the Bible.

God's Story Revealed: A Guide for Understanding the Old Testament

Many people want to learn more about the Bible but don't know where to begin. Dr. Stephen Lennox solves that problem by showing how God's amazing plan unfolds through each of the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament. In this concise introduction, Lennox focuses on the big picture of the Old Testament while providing important information about the history and culture of ancient times. You will learn how each book fits into God's overall story and plan and how it impacts your life.

Hope Amidst Ruin: A Literary and Theological Analysis of Ezra

The book of Ezra deals with building the second temple, restoring the worship of Yahweh, and breaking the habits that undermined Israel's spiritual integrity. In Hope Amidst Ruin, A. Philip Brown II analyzes the book's use of chronology, plot, and point of view, demonstrating that Ezra composed the historical narrative to teach postexilic Israel about the goodness and holiness of their God. The themes of hope and holiness flow throughout the book as the returnees learn anew of God's promises to the just and of His wrath against those who abandon Him. Purification and separation from evil is necessary for the Israelites to be restored to true fellowship with Yahweh.

Brown frankly addresses various interpretation challenges in Ezra, such as its unique temporal ordering and disquieting finale. Concurrently, he offers evidence for the divine inspiration of the book. He also clarifies the relationship of historical events in the Persian Empire to Ezra's narrative. Brown's research and analysis make Hope Amidst Ruin an essential resource for Old Testament theologians and all students of Scripture. Ezra's focus on hope and holiness is just as appropriate for our world as it was for his.