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Israel's Story: Part One (Pt. 1) [Paperback]

By Osa Dianne Bergant (Author)
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This book explores Old Testament history, theology, and stories, bringing a clear presentation of the God who acts and the people of the covenant, from the creation accounts of Genesis to the fall of the Northern Kingdom and its prophets.

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This book explores Old Testament history, theology, and stories, bringing a clear presentation of the God who acts and the people of the covenant, from the creation accounts of Genesis to the fall of the Northern Kingdom and its prophets.

"Dianne Bergant, CSA, is professor of Old Testament studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She is author of the "Preaching the New Lectionary" series and general editor of "The Collegeville Bible Commentary" (Old Testament) published by Liturgical Press. She was also editor of "The Bible Today" from 1986-1990."

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Studio: Liturgical Press
Pages   112
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.12" Width: 5.84" Height: 0.26"
Weight:   0.36 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2006
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814630464  
ISBN13  9780814630464  

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More About Osa Dianne Bergant

Dianne Bergant, Osa Dianne Bergant, CSA, is Professor of Biblical Studies and Director of the Joint Doctor of Ministry Program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She earned her Ph.D. from St. Louis University; is President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America; serves on several editorial boards, including The Bible Today, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, and New Theology Review; and has written several books and articles on the Bible.

Dianne Bergant currently resides in Chicago, in the state of Illinois.

Dianne Bergant has published or released items in the following series...
  1. American Essays in Liturgy
  2. Berit Olam (The Everlasting Covenant): Studies In Hebrew Narrati
  3. Catholicity in an Evolving Universe
  4. Collegeville Bible Commentary
  5. Comentario Biblico de Collegeville
  6. Liberation-Critical Reading of the Old Testament

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Good Framework for Understanding the Old Testament  Jan 9, 2007
The cultural differences between our world and the world of the Israelites in the Old Testament are substantial. As a result, reading the books of the Old Testament can be extremely confusing. Dianne Bergant, C.S.A., Ph.D., a professor of Old Testament studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, attempts to alleviate some of that confusion for those who are studying the Old Testament for the first time and for those who are interested in digging deeper into the texts.

Bergant begins by examining some of the source material for the scriptures. She identifies the four major traditions that influenced the final written product. She also discusses the different literary styles that are used in the Bible as well as the special meaning of "myth" as it relates to the Old Testament.

"Israel's Story" offers an overview of all of the major characters as well as many of the minor ones, who helped to shape the history of the Jews. Bergant also includes historical evidence that may or may not coincide with the Biblical text. While the Bible is not a purely historical document, history still does provide a framework for some of the events that are retold in its pages. She also tries to place the Bible in its appropriate cultural context. Part one covers the Book of Genesis through the time in which Israel was split into two kingdoms. Bergant concludes this first installment by reflecting that "Regardless of the changes that took place in the lives of the Israelites, the one constant remained: God was there for them, to protect them, and to provide for them." Bergant promises to continue the story of the Israelites changing relationship with God in the second part.

"Israel's Story" would be a useful text in college-level introductory courses on the Old Testament. It is also useful for those who simply want to learn more about that section of the Bible. It provides a good framework for understanding the main themes and characters.
Serious Study/Engaging Style  Dec 2, 2006
Dianne Bergant, a professor of Old Testament studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, believes that familiarity with the people in the bible and the events of their lives is essential to understanding the religious meaning of the message. In "Israel's Story" she guides readers to this understanding by casting the stories in the light of literary and historical background, Church teaching, and modern theological thinking. The special grace here is the combination of serious minded study with a readable, engaging style.

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