"This introduction invites readers to engage in the construction of meaning as they venture into these timeless texts. Incorporating the most current scholarship, this new edition also includes concrete tips for doing close readings of the Old Testament text, and a chapter on ways to read Scripture and respond in light of pressing contemporary issues, such as economic inequality, racial and gender justice, and environmental degradation"-- Provided by publisher.
Machine generated contents note: INTRODUCTORY MATERIALS 1. Imaginative Remembering: The Theological Witness of the Old Testament 2. Narrative and Poetry: The Literary Art of the Old Testament pt. I THE TORAH 3. Introduction to the Torah 4. Genesis 1 11: Cosmic Miracles in Contradiction 5. Genesis 12 50: The Ancestors 6. The Book of Exodus 7. The Book of Leviticus 8. The Book of Numbers 9. The Book of Deuteronomy 10. Reprise on the Torah pt. II THE PROPHETS 11. Introduction to the Prophets 12. The Book of Joshua 13. The Book of Judges 14. The Books of 1 and 2 Samuel 15. The Books of 1 and 2 Kings 16. The Book of Isaiah 17. The Book of Jeremiah 18. The Book of Ezelriel 19. The Minor Prophets (1) 20. The Minor Prophets (2) 21. Reprise on the Prophets pt. III THE WRITINGS 22. Introduction to the Writings 23. The Book of Psalms 24. The Book of Job 25. The Book of Proverbs 26. The Five Scrolls 27. The Book of Daniel 28. The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah 29. The Books of 1 and 2 Chronicles 30. Reprise on the Writings CONCLUDING REFLECTIONS 31. The Hiddenness of God and the Complexities of Interpretation 32. Getting the Most from the Bible: Strategies for Close Reading 33. The Bible and the Contemporary World: An Ethical Vision of the Human Condition.