The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction

Eminent biblical student Michael D. Coogan bargains right here a wide-ranging and stimulating exploration of the outdated testomony, illuminating its significance as historical past, literature, and sacred text.

Coogan explains the variations among the Bible of Jewish culture (the "Hebrew Bible") and the outdated testomony of Christianity, and in addition examines the various contents of the Bibles utilized by Roman Catholics, jap Orthodox Christians, and Protestants. He seems on the upward push of contemporary biblical scholarship in addition to the restoration of historical close to japanese literatures and their value for biblical interpretation. Coogan explores using invented discussion and historic fiction within the previous testomony, the presence of mythic components in it sounds as if ancient bills, and the connection of historic Israelite myths to these in their acquaintances. The publication considers the previous Testament's concept of divine justice, particularly in Ecclesiastes and task, and appears at notions of the afterlife within the historical close to East and in historical Israel. Coogan highlights the importance of the historical past and literature of the outdated testomony and describes how non-biblical proof, corresponding to archaeological information and texts, has positioned the outdated testomony in a bigger and extra illuminating context. The publication additionally discusses legislations and formality within the Bible in addition to the biblical understandings of prophecy.

Here then is a fabulous evaluate of 1 of the nice pillars of Western faith and tradition, a booklet whose importance has persisted for hundreds of thousands of years and which continues to be very important this day for Jews, Christians, and Muslims worldwide.

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