Beginning with methods and sources, this Handbook looks at the Biblical text, archaeology, other texts, and iconography. It explores varying exegetical methods, including historical criticism, canonical approach, feminist, social scientific and liberation theology. Methods in archaeology, Hebrew epigraphic and iconography are also covered.
The second section is devoted to the history and religious history of Ancient Israel. Introductory matters, such as fundamental terminology and definitions, ethnic identity, ancestors and the dead, geography and time reckoning are explicated before the book moves on to a historical survey from the Iron Age (c. 1200 BCE) to the early Roman period (ending about 63 CE).
The heart of the book is a detailed survey of the Hebrew canonical books, section by section and book by book. The discussion for each book includes: biblical presentation and content; problems arising from the history of literary analysis and research; the origin and growth of the writing; the theology; and notes on reception history. This book will provide students with everything they need to study the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament.
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About the Author
Jan Christian Gertz is Professor of Old Testament at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.
Angelika Berlejung is Professor of Old Testament at the University of Leipzig, Germany.
Konrad Schmid is Professor of Old Testament at the University of Zurich.
Markus Witte is Professor of Old Testament at the University of Frankfurt Main.
Table of Contents
Sources and Methods (Angelika Berlejung, Professor of Old Testament, University of Leipzig)
Secular and Religious History of Ancient Israel (Angelika Berlejung, Professor of Old Testament, University of Leipzig)
3 Secular and Religious History of "Israel" — Foundations
4 Secular and Religious History of "Israel" — Historical Outline
The Literature of the Old Testament
I. Torah and Earlier Prophets (Jan Christian Gertz, Professor of Old Testament, University of Heidelberg)
5 The Context of the books from Genesis to 2 Kings
6 The Law Texts in the Pentateuch
7 The Compositions
II. Latter Prophets (Nebiim) (Konrad Schmid, Professor of Old Testament, University of Zurich)
8 Scriptural Prophets from Isaiah to Malachi
12 The Twelve Prophets
III Scriptures (Ketubim) (Markus Witte, Professor of Old Testament, University of Frankfurt)
17 Song of Songs
Fundamental Questions of a Theology of the Old Testament (Jan Christian Gertz)
24 Perspectives on the History of Scholarship
25 Unity and Diversity of Theological Views in the Old Testament
26 Religious History and Theology of the Old Testament
27 The Old Testament as part of the Christian Bible
Chronological Tables Literature for the Study of the OT Glossary Index