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9780800699505

The Historical Writings: Introducing Israel's Historical Literature

Author: 
Mark A. Leuchter (Author) David T. Lamb (Author)
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Description

History has an inescapable centrality in the Hebrew Bible, and biblical narratives are for many readers the best recognized and most memorable parts of the Bible. ​The history of ancient Israel and the nature of Hebrew historiography remain hotly contested topics today. This new introduction explores key questions and methods shaping contemporary scholarly debate. Students will explore the Deuteronomistic History and other historical writings and evaluate the different roles history-writing plays throughout the Hebrew Bible.

An introduction presents issues in the historical and literary interpretation of these writings. Subsequent chapters on the books Joshua through Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Chronicles each discuss literary concerns, historical issues, and theological themes relevant to each book, then offer succinct and informative commentary on the book. Pedagogical features include maps, timelines, photographs, primary sources from the ancient Near East, reading lists, and a glossary. 

ISBN: 
9780800699505
Price: 
$49.00
ISBN: 
9781506407852
Release date: 
July 1, 2016
Pages: 
606
Width: 
6
Height: 
9

Images

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Canaanite sites between the fifteenth and twelfth centuries BCE (before the settlement of Israel)

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Twelve Tribes of Israel

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Ba’al, god of the thunderstorm; gilded bronze idol from the port of ancient Ugarit. | The Louvre; Erich Lessing/ArtResource, N.Y.

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An Egyptian soldier leads Semitic captives before his king in this ivory panel from Megiddo. | Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Erich Lessing/ArtResource, N.Y.

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Three empires: The empires of Egypt, Assyria, and Egypt as they appeared in the seventh century BCE.

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Reviews

Reviewed in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (2017)

Endorsements

Sets the standard for a new generation of introductions to the Bible. . .

“In The Historical Writings, Lamb and Leuchter have provided an accurate, honest, and wise account of the key interpretive issues related to the historical books of the Hebrew Bible. This volume helpfully orients its readers to the major issues while providing further opportunity for a closer reading of the details of these texts. It sets the standard for a new generation of introductions to the Bible.”

Mark J. Boda | McMaster Divinity College

This volume promises to usher a generation of students through the most pressing questions in academic study of the Bible’s historical literature in an approachable, accessible format. . .

“In this ambitious volume, Leuchter and Lamb offer a sophisticated introduction to ancient Israel’s historical self-presentation. These well-established scholars provide useful and lively discussions of Joshua–Kings, Ezra–Nehemiah, and Chronicles, exploring the composition, literary structure and themes, and socio-historical setting of each book. Self-aware thematic and historical summaries are paired with insightful literary commentaries, guiding readers through the text’s dominant concerns and constituent units. This volume promises to usher a generation of students through the most pressing questions in academic study of the Bible’s historical literature in an approachable, accessible format.”

Jeremy M. Hutton | University of Wisconsin–Madison

“This is an insightful, lucid, and engaging new argument for one of the most influential modern approaches to reading the historical books of the Bible.”

Jacob L. Wright | Candler School of Theology, Emory University