Item description for Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy (Berit Olam Series) by Stephen K. Sherwood, David W. Cotter & Chris Franke...
Overview The central thesis underlying this study of Genesis is that the God who is revealed as a character in Genesis is always a savior. In Genesis, David Cotter, O.S.B., helps readers discern a structure in the book whereby the least and the weakest are the object of God's saving help. Genesis begins with an introduction to the methodology that is used throughout the book. The introductory essay deals with the theory of Hebrew narrative and the challenges posed to biblical exegesis by contemporary literary theory. The theme of the commentary itself is that the God who is revealed as a character in Genesis is always a savior. This is true in the Stories About Beginnings (Genesis 1-11) and the Stories About the Troubled Family Chosen for Blessing (Genesis 12-50). The Egyptian slave Hagar, not Abraham, is read as the central figure of the family's first generation and Tamar, the cast-off daughter-in-law as the moral center of the fourth generation. God is savior above all for those whose need is greatest.
Many good intentions to read the entire Bible have foundered on the rocks of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Do these books have literary qualities? How does the storyteller tell the story? In "Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy," Stephen Sherwood, C.M.F., applies the tools of narrative criticism to look for the literary qualities of these three biblical books.
Sherwood identifies the narrative art of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy not only in such colorful stories as the Sabbath breaker, the threat from Sihon and Og, the deaths of Nadab and Abihu, the story of Balaam, the bronze serpent, Aaron's rod, Miriam's leprosy, and the water from the rock, but also through the extended discourses made by characters in the story. Sherwood studies the voices of several of these characters: the narrator, the Lord, Moses, Aaron, the Israelites, Balaam and Barak, and others, to see how each is characterized" by their words and actions.
In "Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy," Sherwood also shows how each of the three books has its own characteristics as part of a larger story. Leviticus deals mainly with divine speech. Numbers also contains divine speech but the voices of Moses and the narrator are more recurrent. Deuteronomy is presented in the form of a farewell speech of Moses before his death. The story is then retold from Moses' point of view, with different emphases and even some changes.
Chapters are *General Introduction, - *Leviticus, - *Numbers, - and *Deuteronomy. - Each chapter contains a general introduction to a biblical book which is followed by notes which make observations on the literary qualities of smaller units of each book.
"Stephen K. Sherwood, C.M.F., S.T.D., teaches at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.""
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Studio: Liturgical Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.34" Width: 6.28" Height: 1.2" Weight: 1.42 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2002
Publisher Liturgical Press
Series Berit Olam
ISBN 0814650465 ISBN13 9780814650462
Availability 0 units.
More About Stephen K. Sherwood, David W. Cotter & Chris Franke
Sherwood became a Claretian missionary in 1962 and was ordained in 1971. He studied philosophy at Loyola University of Los Angeles, theology at The Catholic University of America, and Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Gregorian University in Rome. He taught at Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu, Nigeria, and currently teaches at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio.
Stephen K. Sherwood currently resides in San Antonio, in the state of Texas. Stephen K. Sherwood was born in 1943.