An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: A Thematic Approach  -     By: Sandra L. Gravett, Karla G. Bohmbach, F.V. Greifenhagen
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An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: A Thematic Approach

Westminster John Knox Press / 2008 / Paperback

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Designed for undergraduate students, this engaging overview introduces the origins of the Old Testament text. Subsequent chapters discuss Israelite identity (family, gender, ethnicity, and class); organization (power and state); and ideology (God and the canon)---and present religion as part of every aspect of life. A companion website features tests and teaching tools. 450 pages, softcover from Westminster John Knox.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 450
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.25 X 7.50 X 1.50 (inches)
ISBN: 066423030X
ISBN-13: 9780664230302
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Publisher's Description

This pedagogically astute introduction to the Hebrew Bible is designed specifically for undergraduates. It begins with the most basic questions: from where and when did the Hebrew Bible originate, how was it written, and how did people read it? In focusing on the fundamental question of the canon--Who are we?--it first gives much attention to the issue of identity. Then it explores how the ancient Israelites organized themselves in terms of power and state, and finally, delineates the larger questions of God and ideology within the canon. The result is a flow of topics that is in line with other studies of ancient literature and culture, without ignoring the religious function of the Hebrew Bible. Through art, photography, literature, and popular culture, this text vibrantly presents the concepts of the Hebrew Bible, and offers a companion Web site with tests and other pedagogical aids for teachers.

Author Bio

Sandra L. Gravett is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Karla G. Bohmbach is Associate Professor of Religion and Coordinator of the Women's Studies program at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. F. V. Greifenhagen is Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Luther College, University of Regina, in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Donald C. Polaski teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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  1. Get2011
    Twin Cities, Minnesota
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Very modern liberal look back at the Hebrew Bible
    December 31, 2013
    Get2011
    Twin Cities, Minnesota
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 1
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 1

    A very modern day liberal look back at the origins, history and translation of the Hebrew bible. authors are secular and within the first 100 pages you can see they are treating the Hebrew bible, the foundation for both Judaism and Christianity as just one more god myth,

    The book does have some good information, but if you where looking to gain a deeper understanding of the Hebrew bible from a Jewish or Christian prospective this is not the book for you. It would be a great book for atheists to use to undermine the truth of Gods word.

  2. Sammie
    NM
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent cultural information.
    April 17, 2013
    Sammie
    NM
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3

    I bought this book for the cultural and historical information and am pleased with the archeology etc.. It was written by people who do not believe the Bible is inspired; they believe what it says only if archeological finds support it The writer of Genesis "imagined" that people lived to be so old etc.. I like the history BUT it is hard to read something so anti God and anit Bible.

  3. Lavieg
    Ajax, Ontario, Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Good information but subjective tone
    March 29, 2013
    Lavieg
    Ajax, Ontario, Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 2

    There is a lot of great information in this book but it fails to capture the true spiritual essence of the scriptures. Didn't appreciate the comment about how the biblical law leaves open the possibility of consensual sexual relationships between men belonging to two different households. Leviticus 18:22 says do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable. This seems pretty straight forward to me and appears to address the sexual relationships between males.

  4. Matt
    Canada
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Very liberal view points
    March 22, 2013
    Matt
    Canada
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 2
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1

    Very bias and liberal viewpoints; read it cover to cover for an introduction to the Hebrew Bible course at seminary and gave it away the following fall to a new student as I had no desire to refer to it again. I disliked the format as it tries to be thematic rather than by the Biblical books and I found it hard to use for research purposes. I also found the content to be very bias and presenting theories as fact. If someone is to use this book I would suggest they get another Introduction to the Old Testament book from Zondervan or Concordia Publishing House in order to be exposed to alternative viewpoints and judge for themselves what is the stronger argument. Personally I have no desire to have a copy of this book or use it again.

  5. Marge
    Chicago, IL
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    March 9, 2013
    Marge
    Chicago, IL
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Have only thumbed through the book and found it to be well thoughtout and written.

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