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Exploring the Old Testament


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Introduction; The Ancient Near East: 1450 - 332 BC; Survey of Approaches to the Historical Books of the Old Testament; The Historical Books as part of a Larger Story; The Old Testament History Books as ANE Texts; The Old Testament History Books as Literary Texts; The Old Testament History Books as Historical Documents; The Old Testament History Books as a Theological/Ethical Resource; Reading the Historical Books; Joshua-Kings: the Question of Deuteronomism; Joshua; Judges; Samuel; Kings; Introduction to the Post-Exilic Books; Chronicles; Ezra & Nehemiah; Esther; Ruth.

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Gordon McConville is Professor in Old Testament at the University of Gloucestershire and is the author of Law and Theology in Deuteronomy and Time and Place in Deuteronomy (Sheffield Academic Press). Location: Cheltenham. Philip Satterthwaite is Lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew at the Biblical Graduate School of Theology, Singapore.


Satterthwaite and McConville have written an excellent introduction to the Histories, geared toward the undergraduate student and interested lay person. Those who identify with these "learning labels" will surely find discussions of "Critical Issues," and the chapter on "The Deuteronomistic History" deep wading, and perhaps as Satterthwaite jests, a bit difficult to keep one's eyes open. Some might even object that such material could be dispensed with. I would disagree, however. Anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the Histories will inevitably seek out commentaries, dictionary articles, etc. to enhance their comprehension. In doing so, they will encounter all of the views (and many more) spelled out in this volume. Exploring the Old Testament: The Histories, gives the student a starting point of understanding concerning what the issues, presuppositions, and conclusions are of the scholarly literature that they will inevitably turn to. But more importantly, this volume is full of valuable information and insights. The content overviews of each biblical book is worth the price alone. The special boxes and charts enhance the learning process. Personally, I found myself in agreement with much of what Satterthwaite and McConville write, but I also found them fair in representing other approaches and scholarly positions. If you are interested in learning more about "The Histories," then I would highly recommend this book as a well-written and informative introduction to them.', Randy, Bible Study With Randy Blog

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