Item description for The Old Testament: Text and Context by Victor Matthews & James Moyer...
The Old Testament: Text and Context examines the literature, history, and social context of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and their relevance for making sense of this ancient collection. Particular attention is paid to the original Mediterranean context and to how that differs from our modern Western culture; the significance of critical scholarly methods as well as the value of archaeology are likewise explored.
By focusing on four fundamental themes in the biblical narrativescovenant, universalism, wisdom, and remnantthe authors help readers to appreciate the unity and diversity within the Hebrew Bible.
"It has been said that the way to find a good textbook for an introductory course is to write it yourself. Victor Matthews and James Moyer have done that for those of us who are interested in a social science approach to the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. They have employed both historical and literary critical approaches with competence and insight. The result is a comprehensive introduction to a very complex collection of writings. Beginning students will find the text both readable and informative. The maps, charts, and glossary add to the usefulness of this fine book." Dianne Bergant, CSA, Catholic Theological Union
"Matthews and Moyer, veteran teachers themselves, have designed this book with the realities of the classroom in mind. They presuppose students with traditional religious backgrounds and use the biblical canon itself as their basic outline. Along the way, carefully and cautiously, they introduce the fundamentals of modern critical scholarship. This format and approach allows the teacher and students considerable flexibility in pursuing critical issues. Max Miller, Emory University
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Studio: Hendrickson Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.58" Width: 7.19" Height: 1.06" Weight: 1.54 lbs.
Release Date Aug 31, 1997
Publisher Hendrickson Publishers
ISBN 1565631684 ISBN13 9781565631687
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Good Read Sep 7, 2008
This is a great book, though not as in-depth as Bernhard Anderson's "Understanding The Old Testament" and some of the other standard textbooks on the subject. The authors are college professors at Southwest Missouri State, and this book seems to have been written with their undergraduate students in mind. Key terms are highlighted and basic concepts are explained clearly. Chapters end with study questions. The text follows the order of Scripture, starting with Genesis. Despite the high school/undergrad textbook approach, the author offers much information and insights valuable to advanced Bible students. Unless you just know everything about Old Testament studies, you will find this book worth buying and reading. Some people will think Dr.Matthews is a little heavy on the comparisons to pagan Near Eastern literature, but this is his hallmark approach. He is really one of the great scholars of comparative religious studies and the sociocultural approach, right up there with Craig Keener, John Walton, Bruce Malina and a few others.