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By Tremper Longman III, Raymond B. Dillard

ISBN-10: 0310539633

ISBN-13: 9780310539636

This moment version of An creation to the outdated testomony integrates and interacts with fresh advancements in outdated testomony scholarship. numerous special set it except different introductions to the outdated testomony: • it's completely evangelical in its standpoint • It emphasizes “special introduction”―the learn of person books • It interacts in an irenic spirit with the historical-critical approach • It gains issues of analysis background and consultant students instead of an exhaustive remedy of prior scholarship • It offers with the which means of every publication, now not in isolation yet in a canonical context • It probes the which means of every booklet within the surroundings of its tradition together with callouts, charts, and graphs, this article is written with a watch on figuring out the character of outdated testomony historiography. This upper-level creation to the outdated testomony deals scholars a superb realizing of 3 key matters: old historical past, literary research, and theological message.

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It is true that the type of information we are providing in this third section may be found elsewhere: monographs, journal articles, and especially commentaries. But these are scattered resources, so there is value to collecting brief statements of the theological message of each book of the Old Testament in one volume. Another approach at justifying the inclusion of theology in an Old Testament introduction is simply to point out that the historical, literary, and theological issues are intertwined and thus are most profitably treated together.

Differences of style, including the use of two different names to designate the same person, tribe, or place (Reuel/Jethro; Horeb/Sinai; Jacob/Israel; Ishmaelites/Midianites). 4. Different theologies. For instance, J is commonly characterized as portraying God anthropomorphically; D presents a form of retribution theology; P is replete with priestly concerns and tends to emphasize the transcendence of God. The differing viewpoints in the putative documents are often alleged to show progression in Israel’s theology from animism, to henotheism, and finally to monotheism.

Besides the criteria themselves, the critical approach has always foundered on the failure to achieve consensus in the delineation of the sources. Apparently a subjective element is involved that casts doubt on the scientific basis for the method. This failure to achieve consensus is represented by the occasional division of source strata into multiple layers (see Smend’s J1 and J2) that often occasions the appearance of new sigla (for instance, Eissfeldt’s L[aienquelle], Noth’s G[rundschrift], Fohrer’s N [for Nomadic], and Pfeiffer’s S [for Seir].

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