Introduction to Hebrew Bible: A Guided Tour of Israel's Sacred Library (Paperback)James Bowley (author)
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For Introduction to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament courses and Biblical Literature courses.
Written for undergraduates and to satisfy and encourage curiosity, this work leads the readers on an engaging, non-sectarian tour of the Hebrew Bible.
James E. Bowley taught many years of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament survey and never found a book that was accessible to students and still had academically challenging content, though he tried many. As a result, over a 2-3 year period, he developed his own "library approach" and began to write it and use it with his own students with great success in the classroom.
Publisher: Pearson Education (US)
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 930 g
Dimensions: 232 x 178 x 19 mm
"I cannot say enough good things about this textbook. I have been looking for several years for a textbook like this one-one that is accessible, up-to-date, and forward looking without being trite or trendy. The author is "student savvy": he knows about their preconceptions, he knows what they will say about reading the biblical texts, and he knows the ways they will resist learning something new about the Bible. But with a sunny attitude throughout, he addresses their resistance directly and uses his considerable rhetorical skills to persuade them to give these materials yet another look. Best of all, the textbook has a way of opening lines of inquiry for each biblical book rather than foreclosing discussions with heavy-handed interpretations. Students will likely never rave about any textbook on the Hebrew Bible, but will have no problem engaging this one."
-David W. Daily, University of the Ozarks
"The author's creativity consistently engages the reader and should prove a valuable tool in encouraging undergraduate students to further study."
-Robin J. DeWitt Knauth, Lycoming College
"This is one of the more approachable and accessible textbooks that I have seen on the Bible...The posters, study rooms, and other included materials are all well-done and appropriate. In short, the book in detail is well thought through, well organized, accessibly written and provides a good range of resources and 'sidebar material'"
-Peter J. Haas, Case Western Reserve University
"The content, as well as the presentation, is the best I've seen for an undergraduate intro textbook."
-Kang Na, Westminster College