Old Testament Life and Literature
Table of Contents
Part One: The Bible and How We Study It
The development of the Canon. Why do we read?
The problem of history. History and legend. Myth, fable and other literary categories. Poetry. Problems of text and authorship.
The Deuteronomic history. Cultic interpretation. Oral tradition. Form criticism. Archaeological and linguistic studies.
Part Two: Before There Was an Israel
Part Three: The Hebrews
Problems with dates and places.
The invasion of Canaan. The judges.
Part Four: The Monarchy
The J saga. The role of Moses. Monarchy and law.
Part Five: The Divided Kingdom
The E saga.
The nature of prophecy. The earliest prophets.
Isaiah of Jerusalem. Micah.
Part Six: The Last 100 Years of Judah
Zephaniah. The Deuteronomic era. Deuteronomy.
Nahum. The growth of Neo-Babylonian power. Habbakuk. The last days of Judah. Jeremiah.
Part Seven: The Exile
Job. Continuing interpretation in the prophets. The Deuteronomists. The Holiness code. The Priestly source.
The last days of the Neo-Babylonian empire. The Akitu festival. The rise of the Persian empire. Zoroastrian religion. The writings of Deutero-Isaiah.
Part Eight: The Persian Period
Trito-Isaiah. Haggai. Zechariah. The completion of the temple. International developments. Malachi. Obadiah.
The work of Ezra and Nehemiah. The Jews of Elephantine. Ruth. Jonah.
The Chronicler. P. Torah and cult. The Psalms.
Part Nine: The Hellenistic Era
The period of Hellenistic rule. Esther. Joel. Deutero-Zechariah.
Proverbs. Ecclesiastes. Song of Songs. Ecclesiasticus (Sirach). Tobit.
Apocalypticism. Daniel. Judith. I Esdras.
Literature of the period. Baruch. The additions to Daniel. I Maccabees. II Maccabees. The Wisdom of Solomon. II Esdras.
Part Ten: Canon, Text and Translations
The Samaritan canon. The “Alexandrian canon.” The Qumran scriptures. The Jewish canon. The Christian canon.
Early translations. Translations into English.
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