By Tremper Longman III, Raymond B. Dillard

This moment version of An advent to the outdated testomony integrates and interacts with contemporary advancements in previous testomony scholarship. a number of designated set it except different introductions to the outdated testomony: * it really is completely evangelical in its point of view * It emphasizes 'special introduction'---the examine of person books * It interacts in an irenic spirit with the historical-critical technique * It gains issues of analysis background and consultant students instead of an exhaustive remedy of previous scholarship * It bargains with the that means of every booklet, no longer in isolation yet in a canonical context * It probes the which means of every ebook within the atmosphere of its tradition together with callouts, charts, and graphs, this article is written with a watch on realizing the character of outdated testomony historiography. This upper-level advent to the previous testomony bargains scholars an outstanding knowing of 3 key concerns: ancient history, literary research, and theological message.

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J. T. Willis and H. Ringgren (London, 1970). 47 + = 48 AN INTRODUCTION TO THE OLD TESTAMENT trend away from documentary analysis is attributable to two causes: (1) problems with the method and (2) newer and more holistic approaches to the text. These two are closely related. The problems have encouraged interpreters toward a holistic reading of the text, and a holistic reading of the text accentuates the problems. Nonetheless, these two points will be described separately. Problems Recent years have witnessed a surge of skepticism about the documentary hypothesis (Kikawada and Quinn; Whybray; Alexander).

Turner, “Book of Genesis,” DOTP (InterVarsity Press, 2003), 350–59; J. Van Seters, Abraham in History and Tradition (Yale University Press, 1975); idem, Prologue to History: The Yahwist as Historian in Genesis (Westminster John Knox, 1992); B. K. Waltke, “Historical Grammatical Problems,” in Hermeneutics, Inerrancy, and the Bible, ed. E. D. Radmacher and R. D. Preus (Zondervan, 1984), 69–130; G. J. Wenham, “The Date of Deuteronomy: Linchpin of Old Testament Criticism: Part II,” Themelios 11 (1985): 15–17; idem, “Genesis: An Authorship Study and Current Pentateuchal Criticism,” JSOT 42 (1988): 3–18; idem, Story as Torah: Reading the Old Testament Ethically (Baker, 2004); R.

468, for some helpful analogies). In any case, our concern is the final form of the text, since that is what God has given the church as canon for its edification. ANCIENT NEAR EASTERN BACKGROUND While all Old Testament literature has an ancient Near Eastern background, the interpretation of Genesis is especially aided by an acquaintance with comparable literature from Mesopotamia, Canaan, and Egypt. While this is not the 51 + = 52 AN INTRODUCTION TO THE OLD TESTAMENT place to go into detail (see Longman 2005), it is appropriate to provide a partial survey to show its importance.

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