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A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
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Maps
Illustrations
Preface
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Abbreviations
Introduction: What Are the Hebrew Bible and Old Testament?

PART ONE: THE TORAH/PENTATEUCH
1 The Near Eastern Context
2 The Nature of the Pentateuchal Narrative
3 The Primeval History
4 The Patriarchs
5 The Exodus from Egypt
6 The Revelation at Sinai
7 The Priestly Theology: Exodus 25–40, Leviticus, and Numbers
8 Deuteronomy

PART TWO: THE DEUTERONOMISTIC HISTORY
9 The Book of Joshua
10 Judges
11 First Samuel
12 Second Samuel
13 1 Kings 1–11: Solomon and the Divided Monarchy
14 1 Kings 12–2 Kings 25: Tales of Prophets and the End of the Kingdom

PART THREE: PROPHECY
15 Amos and Hosea
16 Isaiah, Micah, Nahum, and Zephaniah
17 The Babylonian Era: Habakkuk, Jeremiah, and Lamentations
18 The Exilic Period: Ezekiel and Obadiah
19 The Additions to the Book of Isaiah
20 Postexilic Prophecy: Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Joel, Jonah

PART FOUR: THE WRITINGS
21 Ezra and Nehemiah
22 The Books of Chronicles
23 The Psalms and Song of songs
24 Proverbs
25 Job and Qoheleth
26 The Hebrew Short Story: Ruth, Esther, Tobit, and Judith
27 Daniel, 1–2 Maccabees
28 The Deuterocanonical Wisdom Books: Ben Sira, Wisdom of Solomon, and Baruch
29 From Tradition to Canon

Glossary
Index

About the Author

John J. Collins is Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School and author of many works, including, from Fortress Press, Encounters with Biblical Theology (2005), Does the Bible Justify Violence? (2004), and Daniel (Hermeneia, 1994).

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