Exploring the Old Testament

A Guide to the Pentateuch

Exploring the Bible Series

Volume 1

by Gordon J. Wenham

Exploring the Old Testament
paperback
  • Length: 207 pages
  • Published: September 02, 2016
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-5309-0
  • Item Code: 5309
  • Case Quantity: 24

Exploring the Old Testament: A Guide to the Pentateuch offers a clear overview of the "five books of Moses," as well as an introduction to the historical and textual questions that modern scholarship has posed and the answers it has proposed.

This critically informed, textually sensitive introduction to the Pentateuch introduces students to

  • the basic features of the Pentateuch
  • the social world of the Bible
  • the latest scholarship on the composition of the Pentateuch
  • literary techniques and forms
  • theme, composition and rhetorical function of the Pentateuch

In this textbook you will find double-column formatting for ease of use, annotated bibliographies for further reading, sidebar explorations of select historical and textual topics in greater detail, a glossary of terms, and relevant charts and maps.

"This is a very readable introduction by one of the leading evangelical scholars currently working on the Pentateuch. Since this section of Scripture presents concepts and characters foundational for all that follows, this is a very important volume indeed."

David W. Baker, Ashland Theological Seminary

"Gordon Wenham offers a masterly overview of the Pentateuch, then presents and unpacks its problems clearly and fairly. He leads the reader to appreciate both its narratives and its laws, their significance for ancient Israel and their treatment by modern scholars. With his deep perception and respect for Scripture, he has created an outstanding introduction."

Alan Millard, University of Liverpool

"An excellent stepping-stone into the world of the Pentateuch."

James R. Hamrick, Bible Study Magazine, November/December 2008
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CONTENTS

List of Illustrations
Key to Panels
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Abbreviations
1. What Is the Pentateuch? Basic Features
2. Genesis 1--11
3. Genesis 12--50
4. Exodus
5. Leviticus
6. Numbers
7. Deuteronomy
8. Theme of the Pentateuch
9. Composition of the Pentateuch
10. Rhetoric of the Pentateuch
11. Epilogue
Glossary
Index

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