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An Introduction to the Old Testament: Sacred Texts and Imperial Contexts of the Hebrew Bible

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  • ISBN-13: 9781405184670
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
  • Release Date: Mar 08, 2010
  • Edition: 1
  • Pages: 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.55 x 9.70 x 7.35 inches


This comprehensive, introductory textbook is unique in exploring the emergence of the Hebrew Bible in the broader context of world history. It particularly focuses on the influence of pre-Roman empires, empowering students with a richer understanding of Old Testament historiography.
  • Provides a historical context for students learning about the development and changing interpretations of biblical texts
  • Examines how these early stories were variously shaped by interaction with the Mesopotamian and Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, and Hellenistic empires
  • Incorporates recent research on the formation of the Pentateuch
  • Reveals how key biblical texts came to be interpreted by Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths
  • Includes numerous student-friendly features, such as study questions, review sections, bibliographies, timelines, and illustrations and photos

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