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The Hebrew Bible Today: An Introduction to Critical Issues [Paperback]

By Steven L. McKenzie (Editor) & M. Patrick Graham (Editor)
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Dealing with each section of the canon, this book explains standard questions, paying special attention to where scholars agree and where they don't.

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Scholarship in the Hebrew Scriptures is more bountiful and diverse than ever before, a situation that presents a formidable challenge to the student trying to understand the critical issues in Hebrew Bible study. This book deals with each section of the canon and explains the standard questions, with special attention to points of scholarly agreement and contention. Written by an international group of preeminent scholars, this collection is intended for readers with a diversity of interests and is specifically designed for those making their first acquaintance with the complex character of the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament.

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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.12" Height: 0.69"
Weight:   0.84 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1998
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  066425652X  
ISBN13  9780664256524  

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Steven L. McKenzie is Professor of Hebrew Bible at Rhodes College. He is the author of many books on Bible Studies, including The Hebrew Bible Today and All God's Children: A Biblical Critique of Racism. He lives in Memphis.

Steven L. McKenzie currently resides in Memphis, in the state of Tennessee. Steven L. McKenzie was born in 1953 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Rhodes College.

Steven L. McKenzie has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Family, Religion, and Culture
  2. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies

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The Hebrew Bible Today: An Introduction to Critical Issues (Paperback)  Mar 3, 2006
Great resource for understanding critical issue in biblical iterpretation for the Old Testament. I highly recommend it to any who are seriouse about bible study and wanting to understand both the context and content of the scripture.
Good, but Don't Leave the Scholars Unchallenged  Feb 12, 2002
When I first picked up this book, I expected it to be more conservative than it was. But it takes what is termed a "liberal" leaning; that is, for instance, an author will state that a particular prophetic text was written later (after the prophetic fulfillment) because they don't believe in supernatural predictions.

Despite this liberalness, which is why I didn't give the book 5 stars, it does raise some important issues. It is open and honest about the issues and isn't afraid to bring forth the challenge against tradition (which is why I didn't give it less than 4 stars).

Some of the reasoning by certain contributors is in desperate need of challenging because they make statements based on their presuppositions that don't have a basis, at least they don't provide one. Some of the authors speak certain views as "obvious" truth without providing evidence. I must state here that one should NEVER accept what a scholar, or group of scholars, says because he is a scholar. There are just as many scholars on the other side of the fence. So being a scholar does not equate with being right, just with maybe being worthy of a serious ear.

Overall, this is a good book for a serious student of the Bible. There are points within the book that are not refutable, and there are many more that are. But the book causes one to think, something much needed with the once important fundamentalist movement now gone fundamentally unthinking. Today, most lay people have a blind faith concerning the Bible, and fear a critical approach. In the end, their refusal to face realities only leaves them in sometimes rediculous ignorance and embarrasment, except among themselves.

On the other hand, this book, and any other on realistic and honest biblical criticism, should not be read or thrown in the face of those who are not strong in their faith. These issues can do more than simply open one's mind and provide a challenge; rather, for many, such issues would destroy their faith in God completely. Teaching believers in God requires more than just blatant truth; it requires shepherding, and many sheep aren't ready for this type of reality. This book will never make a good gift for someone else!

Thus, this book is a good text for criticism and opens one's eyes to both liberal thought and to realistic, less liberal thought. And, of course, it is not all that could be said on either side of the issues.

In the end, the book is very wrong about most everything, but I challenge thinking Christians to face the issues presented.

Too many of "today's" issues are decades old.  Sep 21, 1999
The subtitle to this volume is: An Introduction to Critical Issues. This would be true is the issues were those of decades past, e.g. the problems of documentary theory. As it is the issues raised are not the current ones. One need look no further than the dirth of footnotes from the 1990's.Or one may note the lack of dialogue with the likes of Lemche, Thompson, Finkelstein, Edelman, etc. One would do better with Knight's _Hebrew Bible and its Modern Interpreters_.

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