Mark McEntire is Professor of Biblical Studies at Belmont University in Nashville. He is the author of several important books on the Hebrew Bible, including Portraits of a Mature God: Choices in Old Testament Theologyand A Chorus of Prophetic Voices: Introducing the Prophetic Literature of Ancient Israel.
This is a fascinating exploration of how urban perspectives influenced the writers of the Hebrew Bible and related literature. Mark McEntire offers a fresh reading of Genesis 1-11, paying close attention to city language in these famous narratives. His discussion of Jubilees is a brilliant move and will be helpful for those who are not familiar with the content of this later work. As he works through the ancient texts, McEntire keeps his eye on our contemporary context and the pitfalls of urbanization and gentrification. This creative study demonstrates that the Bible has a lot more to say about cities and urban living than we might assume. Samuel L. Adams, McNair Chair of Biblical Studies, Union Presbyterian Seminary