Introduction to the Pentateuch

Introduction to the Pentateuch

Introduction to the Pentateuch

Introduction to the Pentateuch

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In this textbook, distinguished biblical scholar R. Norman Whybray provides a straightforward and insightful introduction to the background, content, and themes of one of the major portions of the biblical corpus. This entry-level resource for colleges and seminaries strives to make sense of major critical issues in a field where new and conflicting theories abound, by not only surveying recent studies but also introducing students to the major contributions of earlier scholars that have brought biblical studies to this point. Boldy delineating and analyzing the cutting edge of current literary, historical, and sociological approaches to biblical criticism, the author stresses the intention and meaning of the biblical text as a whole in its final ([canonical]) form, remaining sensitive to its literary merit, theological import, and compelling power as the word of God.

Recognizing the needs of contemporary students, many of whom come to theological studies as a second career with no previous biblical or even humanities training, this introduction responds to the demand for a clear, comprehensive presentation of pertinent issues and data, set forth succinctly and with helpful explanations of technical material.

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