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Opening the Old Testament

Opening the Old Testament

Katharine Dell

ISBN: 978-1-405-12500-0

Feb 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

240 pages

In Stock

$115.95

Description

This succinct and innovative book shows readers how to read and appreciate the Old Testament: as history, as literature or as theology. Offering an ideal ‘taster’ of Old Testament themes and issues, the book encourages students to explore various forms of interpretation and develop a lively interaction with the texts.

  • Ideal for those with little experience and knowledge of the Old Testament who need an introduction to how to read it, and why it is still relevant to our world today
  • Integrates key themes and approaches in Old Testament scholarship, including theological, literary, and historical interpretations
  • Written from a predominantly Christian perspective, covering issues relating to the nature of the Old Testament, its authority, and contemporary relevance.
List of Figures.

List of Maps.

Preface.

1. What is the Old Testament?.

2. How to ‘Open’ the Old Testament.

3. How to ‘Open’ the Old Testament for Ethical Guidance.

4. Opening the Old Testament Theologically.

5. Opening Difficult or Liberating Texts.

Further Reading.

Index

"A traditional, pious Christian will find in this book encouragement to open the Old Testament.... A reader will learn that the Old Testament is more diverse (and perhaps more interesting) than he or she may have expected." (Expository Times, March 2009)

  • A lively, concise and introductory textbook, which explores the diverse ways of reading the Old Testament
  • Ideal for those with little experience and knowledge of the Old Testament who need an introduction to how to read it, and why it is still relevant to our world today
  • Integrates key themes and approaches in Old Testament scholarship, including theological, literary, and historical interpretations
  • Written from a predominantly Christian perspective, covering issues relating to the nature of the Old Testament, its authority, and contemporary relevance
  • Offers an ideal taster of Old Testament themes and issues, encouraging students to explore various forms of interpretation and develop a lively interaction with the texts.