The Old Testament by Michael D. Coogan
A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures

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Lucidly written by a leading biblical scholar, this balanced, engaging, and up-to date introduction to the Hebrew scriptures distills the best of current scholarship. Employing the narrative chronology of the Bible itself and the history of the ancient Near East as a framework, author Michael Coogan covers all the books of the Hebrew Bible, along with the deuterocanonical books included in the Bible used by many Christians. He treats every book of the canon with careful attention to its historical context, its particular genre, and its distinctive features. Dealing in detail with ancient Near Eastern sources and archaeological data, Coogan works from a primarily historical and critical methodology but also introduces readers to literary analysis and other interpretive strategies, especially current ones. "The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures" is enhanced by a glossary, timelines, photos, illustrations, maps, and a four-color insert on Jerusalem in biblical times. Strategically placed boxes address issues that often puzzle readers of the Bible, provide models of interpretation of particular texts, and discuss their significance for Judaism and Christianity. Each chapter includes key terms, questions for review and discussion, and suggestions for further reading. Providing a non-denominational and non-doctrinal treatment, "The Old Testament" is accessible to students of all backgrounds. It offers a unique and captivating introduction to the Hebrew scriptures themselves and to how they have been - and can be - interpreted.

About Michael D. Coogan

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Michael D. Coogan, the general editor, is Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts and Director of Publications, Harvard Semitic Museum. He is the editor of The Oxford History of the Biblical World and The New Oxford Annotated Bible (3d Edition). The contributors: Vasudha Narayanan (Hinduism) is Professor of Religion at the University of Florida. Malcolm David Eckel (Buddhism) is Associate Professor of Religion at Boston University. Jennifer Oldstone-Moore (Taoism and Confucianism) is Assistant Professor at Wittenberg University, Ohio. C. Scott Littleton(Shinto) is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Occidental College, Los Angeles.
Published December 1, 2005 by Oxford University Press. 600 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs.

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