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Exploring the Old Testament

A Guide to the Pentateuch

Exploring the Bible Series


by Gordon J. Wenham

Exploring the Old Testament
  • Length: 223 pages
  • Published: November 14, 2015
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 7008
  • ISBN: 9780830870080

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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


List of Illustrations
Key to Panels
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


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Gordon J. Wenham

Gordon J. Wenham is lecturer in Old Testament at Trinity College, Bristol. He was formerly professor of Old Testament at the University of Gloucestershire. He is a recognized expert on the Pentateuch and has written commentaries on Genesis, Leviticus, and Numbers in addition to numerous studies in the Old Testament.