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Creating the Old Testament : The Emergence of the Hebrew Bible - Stephen Bigger

Creating the Old Testament

The Emergence of the Hebrew Bible

By: Stephen Bigger (Editor)

Paperback Published: 8th January 1991
ISBN: 9780631162490
Number Of Pages: 388

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The books of the Hebrew Bible were created by anonymous writers during the first millennium before the Common Era (BCE). Their messages and concerns are the central theme of the book. The writings that make up the Hebrew Bible are expressions of their great creativity, their interpretation of life in their own time and their perception of its meaning. It is easy for readers to get lost in the minutiae of biblical criticism, which has concerned itself for so long with historical reconstruction. This book will encourage them to listen carefully to what the biblical writers are saying to allow the message of the Hebrew Bible to emerge once again.
In a sense, too, the intrinsic value of the Hebrew Bible is now re-emerging, after centuries of Christian interpretation, and its importance - as a literature from which three major religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have developed - is beginning to be understood.
This book is not another history of Israel, nor an introduction to the books of the Hebrew Bible. It is an exploration, an invitation to the reader to set off on an expedition of discovery. It may perplex readers that scholars disagree, often fundamentally, on virtually every issue: Creating the Old Testament raises and discusses issues, so that the reader can observe how hypotheses are formed and how the apparently 'assured results' of scholarship are constantly tested. In following this path, readers are encouraged to develop their skill in evaluating historical data, recognizing textual problems, interpreting symbolic language and understanding the deep concerns of biblical writers. They will investigate different and varied exegetical traditions. They will be stirred to reflect on what the biblical books have to say for life today, whether viewed from a Jewish, Christian, Muslim or secular perspective.

List of Contributorsp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Note on Texts and Transliterationp. xviii
List of Abbreviationsp. xix
Introductoryp. 1
The Hebrew Worldp. 3
The Authority and Use of the Hebrew Biblep. 23
The History of the Textp. 23
A Jewish Perspectivep. 31
A Christian Perspectivep. 37
A Muslim Perspectivep. 43
A Humanist Perspectivep. 47
Symbol and Metaphor in the Hebrew Biblep. 51
The Torahp. 81
Genesis: History or Story?p. 83
The Torah: Some Preliminary Remarksp. 83
Genesis: the Storyp. 86
Genesis: the Evidencep. 90
Mosesp. 117
Covenant and Lawp. 135
Nebi'im: the Prophetsp. 149
The Former Prophetsp. 151
Jerusalemp. 169
Stories of the Prophetsp. 185
Prophecy and the Prophetsp. 203
Kethubim: the Writingsp. 227
After the Exilep. 229
The Psalmsp. 251
The Wisdom Booksp. 269
The Five Megillothp. 293
The Other Booksp. 319
Glossaryp. 345
References and Bibliographyp. 351
Indexp. 360
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ISBN: 9780631162490
ISBN-10: 0631162496
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 8th January 1991
Publisher: BLACKWELL PUBL
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.77 x 15.59  x 2.43
Weight (kg): 0.6
Edition Number: 1