The Pentateuch (or the Torah) consists of the first five books of the Bible and is a foundational scripture for millions of people, both Jews and Christians. In this book Paula Gooder and Brad Anderson provide a clear and accessible introduction for those beginning Bible study. Key themes such as creation and the flood, exodus and liberation, as well as covenant and law are presented and analyzed. These themes are explored in their ancient context and from the standpoint of contemporary concerns such as liberation theology, gender issues and ecology.
For this new edition introductory sections on the five books of the Pentateuch have been expanded and supplemented, while recent developments in the quest for the origins of the Pentateuch have also been updated. A new chapter on academic approaches to the study of the Pentateuch has been added, along with a section on the 'afterlife' of the Pentateuch which focuses on its place in the history of interpretation, as well as in the arts and culture. Reading lists and references have been updated throughout to take account of the most recent scholarship.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 424 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 20 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition
This is a brief but remarkably comprehensive overview of modern scholarly approaches to the study of the Five Books of Moses. It is arranged in such a way as to interest and enlighten both seasoned scholars and absolute beginners, and displays throughout a light touch and a refreshing familiarity with what is important today, from feminist, postcolonial and theological insights to the afterlives of the biblical text in Jewish, Christian and Muslim tradition and in art, literature and music, Up-to-date and perceptive guidance on further reading is provided at every stage. * John F.A. Sawyer, University of Edinburgh, UK *
Over the past forty years, Pentateuchal studies has become more diverse and complex than ever before. The venerable Documentary Hypothesis has been replaced by an array of contradictory theories of the history of the Pentateuch's composition. Simultaneously, the variety of approaches for its academic study has increased exponentially by drawing on methods from other disciplines and new theoretical perspectives in the humanities. Anderson provides a complete, up-to-date and dependable survey of all these trends. This book is an invaluable guide to the contemporary study of the Pentateuch. * James W. Watts, Syracuse University, USA *
A marvelous survey on the trends in the contemporary study of the Pentateuch. It is an introduction in the proper sense of the term, an introduction worthy of the name. Those who read this companion gain perfect guidance for further study. I hope that many students will take advantage of this opportunity. * Review of Biblical Literature *