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Struggling with God : An Introduction to the Pentateuch,9780881461015

Struggling with God : An Introduction to the Pentateuch

Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 3/1/2008
Publisher(s): Mercer Univ Pr
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This textbook focuses primarily on the content and structure of the Pentateuch. Discussions of historical and theological issues are included when they serve to illustrate the content and structure of the text. A full chapter engages each of the five books of the Pentateuch. The material in this book is classroom tested.

Author Biography

Mark McEntire teaches Old Testament and Hebrew language at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Why This Book?p. ix
Plan of the Bookp. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Dedicationp. xiv
Introduction: Reading the Pentateuchp. 1
The Problems and Prospects of Reading an Ancient Textp. 1
The Contents and Organization of the Pentateuchp. 2
Our Access to the Text of the Pentateuchp. 4
Dating and Describing the Production and Canonization of the Pentateuchp. 6
Moses and the Authorship of the Pentateuchp. 8
Critical Study of the Bible and the Authorship of the Pentateuchp. 11
Contemporary Approaches to the Interpretation of the Pentateuchp. 24
Similar Literature from Other Cultures in the Ancient Near Eastp. 32
History and the Pentateuchp. 35
"Literal" Reading of the Biblep. 39
Key Termsp. 43
Sources for Further Studyp. 43
The Book of Genesisp. 45
The Literary Landscape of Genesisp. 45
The Primeval Complexp. 53
The Ancestral Complex I: The Abraham and Sarah Cyclep. 68
The Ancestral Complex II: The Jacob Cyclep. 73
The Ancestral Complex III: The Joseph Cyclep. 80
History and Genesisp. 84
Key Termsp. 85
Questions for Reflectionp. 85
Sources for Further Studyp. 85
The Book of Exodusp. 87
The Literary Landscape of Exodusp. 87
Israel in Egyptp. 89
The Appearance and Development of Mosesp. 91
The Plague Narrativesp. 96
Israel in the Wildernessp. 100
The Beginning of the Sinai Experiencep. 105
The Tabernacle and the Golden Calfp. 110
History and Exodusp. 116
Key Termsp. 120
Questions for Reflectionp. 120
Sources for Further Studyp. 121
The Book of Leviticusp. 123
The Literary Landscape of Leviticusp. 123
Instructions for Sacrificep. 126
The Ordination of the Priesthoodp. 130
The Purity Lawsp. 134
The Day of Atonementp. 139
The Holiness Codep. 140
History and Leviticusp. 146
Key Termsp. 148
Questions for Reflectionp. 148
Sources for Further Studyp. 149
The Book of Numbersp. 151
The Literary Landscape of Numbersp. 151
Israel Defined Numericallyp. 156
Laws and Instructions Ip. 160
Travel and Battle Narratives Ip. 165
Laws and Instructions IIp. 179
Travel and Battle Narratives IIp. 180
Instructions for Settling in Canaanp. 183
History and Numbersp. 184
Key Termsp. 185
Questions for Reflectionp. 186
Sources for Further Studyp. 186
The Book of Deuteronomyp. 187
The Literary Landscape of Deuteronomyp. 187
Moses Recalls the Israelite Storyp. 193
Moses Establishes a Second Lawp. 194
Moses Speaks the Deuteronomic Codep. 199
Moses Proclaims the Blessings and Curses of the Lawp. 209
Preparing for Moses' Departurep. 212
History and Deuteronomyp. 215
Key Termsp. 217
Questions for Reflectionp. 217
Sources for Further Studyp. 217
Concluding Issuesp. 219
The Pentateuch and the Deuteronomistic Historyp. 219
The Pentateuch and Chroniclesp. 220
Future Directions in Pentateuch Studiesp. 222
The Pentateuch and Contemporary Societyp. 223
Indexesp. 225
Author Indexp. 225
Subject Indexp. 227
Scriptuture Indexp. 231
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