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Reading the Historical Books: A Student’s Guide to Engaging the Biblical Text

Reading the Historical Books: A Student’s Guide to Engaging the Biblical Text

Patricia Dutcher-Walls

| Baker Academic | 2014

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The conventions of contemporary history writing are quite different from those of ancient Israelite writers, making biblical history often difficult to grasp. Patricia Dutcher-Walls offers basic orientation to the genre and conventions of the Old Testament historical books, helping students become careful and attentive readers. With many ancient and contemporary examples, this book introduces students to some of the phenomena they will encounter in the historical books, and it provides strategies for understanding their significance. The goal is to make further reading and study of Scripture more informed and sensitive. Sidebars, discussion questions, and further reading suggestions are also included.

Author Bio

Pat Dutcher-Walls holds a BA from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School, and a ThD from Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. From 1995 to 2004, she was assistant then associate professor of Hebrew Scripture/Old Testament at Knox College and has taught courses at both the masters and doctoral level. She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church in Canada and is the author of several journal articles and three books: Jezebel: Portraits of a Queen, The Commandments: For a Blessed Life, and Narrative Art, Political Rhetoric: The Case of Athaliah and Joash.