Preface Acknowledgements Introduction Part One: Getting to Know the Pentateuch 1. The Pentateuch: Introductory Issues 2. The Book of Genesis 3. The Book of Exodus 4. The Book Leviticus 5. The Book of Numbers 6. The Book of Deuteronomy Part Two: Thematic and Critical Explorations 7. The Origins and Formation of the Pentateuch 8. Academic Approaches to Reading and Studying the Pentateuch 9. The Primeval History (Genesis 1-11) 10. The Ancestral Narratives (Genesis 12-50) 11. Moses and the Exodus Traditions (Exodus 1-5) 12. 'The Law' in Exodus-Deuteronomy 13. The Wilderness Wanderings 14. The Reception of the Pentateuch: The Use, Impact, and Influence of the Five Books Bibliography General Index
A concise introduction to the Pentateuch, now in its second edition, in the tried and tested format of the T&T Clark Approaches series.
Paula Gooder is a Lecturer in Biblical Studies and is Theologian in Residence at The Bible Society, UK. Brad Anderson is Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Dublin City University, Ireland.
This is a brief but remarkably comprehensive overview of modern
scholarly approaches to the study of the Five Books of Moses. It is
arranged in such a way as to interest and enlighten both seasoned
scholars and absolute beginners, and displays throughout a light
touch and a refreshing familiarity with what is important today,
from feminist, postcolonial and theological insights to the
afterlives of the biblical text in Jewish, Christian and Muslim
tradition and in art, literature and music, Up-to-date and
perceptive guidance on further reading is provided at every stage.
* John F.A. Sawyer, University of Edinburgh, UK *
Over the past forty years, Pentateuchal studies has become more diverse and complex than ever before. The venerable Documentary Hypothesis has been replaced by an array of contradictory theories of the history of the Pentateuch's composition. Simultaneously, the variety of approaches for its academic study has increased exponentially by drawing on methods from other disciplines and new theoretical perspectives in the humanities. Anderson provides a complete, up-to-date and dependable survey of all these trends. This book is an invaluable guide to the contemporary study of the Pentateuch. * James W. Watts, Syracuse University, USA *
A marvelous survey on the trends in the contemporary study of the Pentateuch. It is an introduction in the proper sense of the term, an introduction worthy of the name. Those who read this companion gain perfect guidance for further study. I hope that many students will take advantage of this opportunity. * Review of Biblical Literature *