In the past, study of the Old Testament has been dominated by what is often called the 'historical-critical' method, which was careful analysis of individual books with great emphasis on historical context and concern to isolate what was original and most important. This volume not only retains the values of adopting this traditional approach, but also outlines the alternative understandings of the Old Testament which have gained currency in recent years. Exploring these less conventional ways of looking at the Old Testament, Coggins introduces sociological and anthropological, feminist and liberation perspectives, and literary criticism. In this new edition, Coggins looks again at key issues in the light of recent scholarly developments, addressing contemporary debate on historical questions, radical developments in the field of archaeology, and considering women's readings in a separate chapter.
This introductory volume offers students a concise and engaging discussion of the different perspectives available in Old Testament scholarship.
Richard Coggins has made an excellent introduction to modern study of the Old Testament even better in the second edition of his 'Introducing the Old Testament'.
Richard Coggins has made an excellent introduction to modern study of the Old Testament even better in the second edition of his Introducing the Old Testament s
1: What is the Old Testament?
2: What does it mean?
3: Did it all happen?
4: What does archaeology contribute?
5: What kind of society was Israel?
6: What is it to be human?
7: The Old Testament as liberation?
8: Can the Bible speak to women?
9: What kind of literature?
10: What kind of religion?
11: Is a theology possible?