Item description for The Old Testament: Text And Context by Victor H. Matthews & James C. Moyers...
Overview Explore the literature, history, and social context of the Old Testament/ Hebrew Bible and their relevance for making sense of this ancient collection. This significant revision of a classroom standard pays particular attention to the original Mediterranean context-how it differs from modern Western culture-and its importance for interpretation. The significance of critical scholarly methods as well as the value of archaeology are likewise explored. Designed with the realities of the classroom in mind, it includes helpful illustrations, insets, and maps; study questions; a glossary, and indexes of subjects, personal and place names, and Scripture citations.
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Studio: Hendrickson Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 7.5" Height: 9.75" Weight: 1.65 lbs.
Release Date Aug 31, 2005
Publisher HENDRICKSON PUBLISHER #40
ISBN 156563358X ISBN13 9781565633582
Availability 0 units.
More About Victor H. Matthews & James C. Moyers
Victor H. Matthews (Ph.D., Brandeis University) is professor of religious studies and dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs at Missouri State University. He is the author or coauthor of twelve books, including "The Social World of Ancient Israel, Old Testament Parallels, "and "The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament."
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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.