Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

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9780800629915: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

In this balanced and thorough introduction to the Hebrew Bible, John J. Collins takes his students on a historical-critical journey through biblical texts. With an accessible yet authoritative tone, he identifies the complex ethical issues raised by the text and challenges his students to understand the responsibilities of interpretation. Drawing on his many years of expert teaching, Collins produces a clear and concise tool for undergraduate, graduate, and seminary settings with maps, images, and suggestions for further reading to guide students along the way.

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John J. Collins is Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation in the Holmes Chair at Yale University. His many publications include Daniel (Hermeneia: Fortress Press, 1993), Apocalypticism in the Dead Sea Scrolls (1997), and Jewish Wisdom in the Hellenistic Age (1998).

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"John Collin"s introduction is a timely and welcome contribution, one based on his own extensive research and on his many years of teaching the subject. The reader will find not only a careful presentation of the biblical material but also a judicious assessment of scholarship on it. This book will be a valuable tool for classroom use, and the bibliographics appended to each chapter will help the student who wishes to pursue a topic in greater detail." --James C. VanderKam, John A. O'Brien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures, University of Notre Dame

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