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Introducing Israel's Scriptures

The context, the writings, and the interpretation

Fortress Press is excited to announce a new collection of textbooks introducing the major components of the Hebrew Bible. Written for use in topical undergraduate elective courses or seminary survey courses, these books, appearing between 2016 and 2018, share a common organization.

Written by an ecumenical array of respected scholars, these volumes will provide fresh, student-friendly explorations to the writings of the Hebrew Bible and to contemporary scholarship on them. Each volume describes the historical and cultural context in which the writings originated; introduces important episodes, characters, and themes in each book; and addresses issues of contemporary interpretation and debate. Each volume invites the student, regardless of religious orientation, into conversation and exploration of the biblical heritage.

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9780800699505
The Historical Writings

Introducing Israel's Historical Literature
By Mark A. Leuchter and David T. Lamb
Hardcover
672pp
ISBN: 9780800699505
$49
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Contents
Figures, Sidebars, and Maps
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Joshua

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. Yet the history of ancient Israel and the nature of Hebrew historiography remain hotly contested topics in contemporary scholarship. The Historical Writings introduces students to the character of the Deuteronomistic History (Joshua through Kings) and other historical writings (Ezra, Nehemiah, and 1 and 2 Chronicles); to the different roles history writing plays throughout the Hebrew Bible; to the key historical questions and methods shaping contemporary scholarly debate in light of archaeological research; and to the literary and theological contours of the biblical narratives themselves.

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.

The Pentateuch
The Pentateuch

Introducing the Torah
By Thomas B. Dozeman
Hardcover
384pp
ISBN: 9780800699482

The Pentateuch is the heart of the Hebrew Bible and the foundational document of Judaism. It is also the focus of tremendous scholarly exploration and debate today regarding the complex history of its composition; the historical background and ancient Near Eastern parallels for its primeval history, ancestry narratives, and laws; the theological purposes of its final redaction; and the diverse ways it is interpreted in communities today.

In this textbook, Thomas B. Dozeman, one of the leading scholars of the Pentateuch, introduces students to its contents and the structure of each book, and orients them to the Pentateuch’s place in the Hebrew Bible and in the interpretive traditions of Judaism and Christianity. Dozeman deftly introduces the key interpretive questions and methods that shape contemporary scholarship and explains their consequences, inviting students into the invigorating work of interpretation today. Features include maps, timelines, focus questions, reading lists, and a glossary.

The Prophets
The Prophets

Introducing Israel's Prophetic and Apocalyptic Writings
By Stephen L. Cook
Hardcover
352pp
ISBN: 9780800699512

The prophets remain figures of enduring interest and importance in contemporary Judaism, Christianity, and secular society as well. This textbook introduces the rise of prophecy in ancient Israel, possible ancient Near Eastern parallels, the messages of individual prophets, and the significance of the editing and composition of the prophetic writings, guiding students into leading questions in contemporary scholarship and surveying different contemporary approaches to the messages of the prophets.

Mystery and Praise
Mystery and Praise

Introducing the Writings
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Authors

Stephen L. Cook
Stephen L. Cook

Virginia Theological Seminary

Thomas B. Dozeman
Thomas B. Dozeman

United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio

David T. Lamb
David T. Lamb

Biblical Theological Seminary

Mark Leuchter
Mark Leuchter

Temple University

Books

The Pentateuch
Release date: March 1, 2017

This textbook introduces students to the contents of the Torah and orients them to the key interpretive questions and methods shaping contemporary scholarship, inviting readers into the work of interpretation today. Pedagogical features include images, maps, timelines, reading lists, and a glossary.

9780800699505
Mark A. Leuchter (Author), David T. Lamb (Author)
Release date: July 1, 2016

The Historical Writings introduces students to the character of the Deuteronomistic History and other historical writings (Ezra, Nehemiah, and 1 and 2 Chronicles); to the different roles history-writing plays throughout the Hebrew Bible; and to the key historical questions and methods shaping contemporary scholarly debate.