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Preface Sources and Methods (Angelika Berlejung, Professor of Old Testament, University of Leipzig) 1 Sources 2 Methods 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 9 Isaiah 10 Jeremiah 11 Ezekiel 12 The Twelve Prophets III Scriptures (Ketubim) (Markus Witte, Professor of Old Testament, University of Frankfurt) 13 Psalms 14 Job 15 Proverbs 16 Ruth 17 Song of Songs 18 Kohelet 19 Lamentations 20 Esther 21 Daniel 22 Esdras-Nehemiah 23 Chronicles 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

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A comprehensive and profound introduction to the literature and history of the Old Testament

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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 and Professor for Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.


The reader is given an overview of current scholarly views about the individual books of the Old Testament...and about current scholarly understanding of Israel's history, religion and Old Testament theology... I will order this book for our university library, as there is material in it which should be available for students to consult. -- Walter Moberly, Durham University * Reviews in Religion and Theology *
The English tradition of the 'Introduction to the Old Testament' has tended towards the short and sweet: while this has had the advantage of rendering the volumes affordable and non-intimidating, it has also frequently resulted in the need to refer students and the interested public to more than one 'Introduction', each with a different approach, in order to gain an adequate sense of the discipline. Entering the scene from the much more robust Germanic tradition, the heavyweight Handbook obviates much of the need for more than one such volume and, despite its size, manages to remain affordable, for which the publishers are to be commended. -- C. L. Crouch, University of Nottingham * Theology *
This is not a book for beginners: there is much careful, involved, scholarly discussion; but it is an excellent presentation of both the history and the current state of the historical-critical method of biblical study. -- Ann Conway-Jones, University of Birmingham, UK * Theological Book Review *
This is a convenient one-stop shop overview ... and as such is quite a gift to the scholarly community ... It will orientate the reader rapidly on topic after topic. * The Heythrop Journal *
'This balanced, comprehensive and detailed introduction now sets the standard for any textbook aiming to represent the worldwide state of scholarship on the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. The authors provide a clear and accessible entry to critical scholarship on both biblical texts and the history and religion of Israel. This volume is belongs in the libraries of all with special interest in the Old Testament, from advanced students to senior scholars.' - David Carr, Union Theological Seminary in New York, USA -- David Carr
'Students look for the reliable and readable "introduction" to the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible - but not only students: scholars often find them useful for a quick reference and as a way of updating their knowledge in areas outside their immediate specialty. This volume will well meet the needs of both groups. Unlike some older introductions, it is not confined to the literature. The authors include chapters on archaeology, epigraphy and iconography, which are often neglected in general introductions. All in all, this will be a very useful volume on the shelves of both scholars and students.' - Professor Emeritus, Lester L. Grabbe, University of Hull, UK -- Lester L. Grabbe
'A highly informative, thorough, and up-to-date introduction to the Hebrew scriptures. The authors provide helpful insights into the worlds of the ancient Israelites and their modern interpreters.' - Gary N. Knoppers, Penn State University, USA -- Gary N. Knoppers
'This is a welcome resource for students and scholars alike. The authors organize the book in four areas: Sources and Methods; History and Religion; Literature; and Theology. They maintain a broad lens throughout the volume that ranges from ancient Near Eastern texts and iconography to emerging ideological readings of the Hebrew Bible, while providing a summary of each book of the Hebrew Bible, its literary context, history of interpretation, reception, and meaning. The result is a snapshot by leading researchers of the rapidly changing field of Old Testament study, which enables the book to be a resource for a wide range of classes on the Hebrew Bible.' - Thomas B. Dozeman, United Theological Seminary, USA -- Thomas B. Dozeman
'This textbook by colleagues Gertz, Schmid, Berlejung and Witte provides the best possible access for English readers to current European scholarship in the field of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. Their collaboration ensures coverage of diverse fields by experts. The treatment of various positions is balanced and up-to-date. A valuable resource.' - Bernard M. Levinson, University of Minnesota, USA -- Bernard M. Levinson

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