An Introduction to the Old Testament: Sacred Texts and by David M. Carr

By David M. Carr

This entire, introductory textbook is exclusive in exploring the emergence of the Hebrew Bible within the broader context of worldwide historical past. It quite makes a speciality of the impact of pre-Roman empires, empowering scholars with a richer figuring out of outdated testomony historiography.

  • Provides a historic context for college kids studying concerning the improvement and altering interpretations of biblical texts
  • Examines how those early tales have been variously formed by way of interplay with the Mesopotamian and Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, and Hellenistic empires
  • Incorporates fresh examine at the formation of the Pentateuch
  • Reveals how key biblical texts got here to be interpreted through Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths
  • Includes various student-friendly positive factors, comparable to research questions, overview sections, bibliographies, timelines, and illustrations and photos

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What does the reader expect and learn as the narrative unfolds? Such study of the poetic and narrative dynamics of biblical texts is distinct from study of how such texts have been interpreted by later readers, which is the history of interpretation. Historians of interpretation study how the story of the Exodus is featured in Islam, as well as its becoming central to both Judaism and Christianity. The exodus story is the centerpiece of the Jewish celebration of Passover and is a founding story for the Christian practices of baptism and eucharist.

For example, more than two hundred years ago source critics discovered that the story of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt in Exodus 14 is actually an interweaving of two, originally separate written Study ing the Bible in Its Ancient Context(s) accounts of the same event, one source which tells of the sea waters being driven back by a strong wind, and another source which tells of the Israelites being led through the sea between two walls of water. Redaction critics study the final formation of the biblical text through the combination of such sources and literary expansions of them.

Such critics have examined Exodus 1–15 as if it were a novel, looking at how the story is artfully told: how is Moses introduced and characterized? How does this contrast with the characterization of the Egyptians and their leaders? What does the reader expect and learn as the narrative unfolds? Such study of the poetic and narrative dynamics of biblical texts is distinct from study of how such texts have been interpreted by later readers, which is the history of interpretation. Historians of interpretation study how the story of the Exodus is featured in Islam, as well as its becoming central to both Judaism and Christianity.

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