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The Cambridge Companion to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

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James C. VanderKam, Stephen B. Chapman, Kenton L. Sparks, Brent A. Strawn, Marc Zvi Brettler, John J. Collins, Victor H. Matthews, Adele Berlin, Thomas B. Dozeman, Richard D. Nelson, Marvin A. Sweeney, William P. Brown, Samuel E. Balentine, Ehud Ben Zvi, Lawrence M. Wills, Stephen L. Cook, Sharon Pace, Frederick E. Greenspahn, R. W. L. Moberly, Walid A. Saleh, David Lyle Jeffrey, Nancy J. Duff, John Goldingay
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  • Date Published: July 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521709651
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  • This Companion offers a concise and engaging introduction to the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament. Providing an up-to-date 'snapshot' of scholarship, it includes essays, specially commissioned for this volume, by twenty-three leading scholars. The volume examines a range of topics, including the historical and religious contexts for the contents of the biblical canon, and critical approaches and methods, as well as newer topics such as the Hebrew Bible in Islam, Western art and literature, and contemporary politics. This Companion is an excellent resource for students at university and graduate level, as well as for laypeople and scholars in other fields who would like to gain an understanding of the current state of the academic discussion. The book does not presume prior knowledge, nor does it engage in highly technical discussions, but it does go into greater detail than a typical introductory textbook.

    • Contains up-to-date scholarship from a range of contributors
    • Strives to relate the ancient literature to the major religious traditions (Christian, Jewish, Muslim) that consider it scripture and to contemporary culture (especially art and politics)
    • Consists of five sections covering the history of the text; its historical background; its reception and use; methods and approaches; and subcollections and genres
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    'It is a very sound guide to the current state of play in the study of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, and should be widely welcomed.' John Barton, Church Times

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    • Date Published: July 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521709651
    • length: 540 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Text and Canon:
    1. Texts, titles, and translations James C. VanderKam
    2. Collections, canons, and communities Stephen B. Chapman
    Part II. Historical Background:
    3. The ancient Near Eastern context Kenton L. Sparks
    4. The history of Israelite religion Brent A. Strawn
    5. The Hebrew Bible and history Marc Zvi Brettler
    Part III. Methods and Approaches:
    6. Historical-critical methods John J. Collins
    7. Social science models Victor H. Matthews
    8. Literary approaches to the Hebrew Bible Adele Berlin
    Part IV. Subcollections and Genres:
    9. The Pentateuch and Israelite law Thomas B. Dozeman
    10. The former prophets and historiography Richard D. Nelson
    11. The latter prophets and prophecy Marvin A. Sweeney
    12. The Psalms and Hebrew poetry William P. Brown
    13. Wisdom Samuel E. Balentine
    14. Late historical books and rewritten history Ehud Ben Zvi
    15. The biblical short story Lawrence M. Wills
    16. Apocalyptic writings Stephen L. Cook
    17. Deuterocanonical/apocryphal books Sharon Pace
    Part V. Reception and Use:
    18. The Hebrew Bible in Judaism Frederick E. Greenspahn
    19. The Old Testament in Christianity R. W. L. Moberly
    20. The Hebrew Bible in Islam Walid A. Saleh
    21. The Hebrew Bible in art and literature David Lyle Jeffrey
    22. The Old Testament in public: the Ten Commandments, evolution, and Sabbath closing laws Nancy J. Duff
    23. The theology of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament John Goldingay.

  • Editors

    Stephen B. Chapman, Duke University, North Carolina
    Stephen B. Chapman is Associate Professor of Old Testament in the Divinity School and Director of Graduate Studies for the Graduate Program in Religion at Duke University, North Carolina. He is also an affiliate faculty member in Duke's Center for Jewish Studies. He has published numerous essays and is author of The Law and the Prophets (2000) and 1 Samuel as Christian Scripture (forthcoming). He also coedited Biblischer Text und theologische Theoriebildung (2001).

    Marvin A. Sweeney, Claremont School of Theology, California
    Marvin A. Sweeney is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Claremont School of Theology, California and Professor of Tanak at the Academy for Jewish Religion California. He has written highly regarded works on the Hebrew Bible, such as Isaiah 1-39 (1996), The Twelve Prophets (2000), King Josiah of Judah (2001), Reading the Hebrew Bible after the Shoah (2008), Tanak: A Theological and Critical Introduction to the Jewish Bible (2012), Reading Ezekiel (2013), Reading Prophetic Books (2014), and Isaiah 40-66 (forthcoming). He coedited New Visions of Isaiah (1996), Reading and Hearing the Book of the Twelve Prophets (2000), The Changing Face of Form Criticism for the Twenty-First Century (2003), and other works.

    Contributors

    James C. VanderKam, Stephen B. Chapman, Kenton L. Sparks, Brent A. Strawn, Marc Zvi Brettler, John J. Collins, Victor H. Matthews, Adele Berlin, Thomas B. Dozeman, Richard D. Nelson, Marvin A. Sweeney, William P. Brown, Samuel E. Balentine, Ehud Ben Zvi, Lawrence M. Wills, Stephen L. Cook, Sharon Pace, Frederick E. Greenspahn, R. W. L. Moberly, Walid A. Saleh, David Lyle Jeffrey, Nancy J. Duff, John Goldingay

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