The books constituting the Old Testament, or Hebrew Bible, have a complex history of authorship, resulting in a variety of styles, perspectives, and meanings. The authors and editors of the books that became the Bible lived through the political vicissitudes of a region that was a cultural crossroads, subject to successive waves of invasion, settlement, and influence by a variety of civilizations. Consequently, their works reflect the diverse political, intellectual, and literary legacies of the ancient Near East and, in some cases, the incorporation of non-Hebrew texts. S. A. Nigosian, a scholar of Biblical and Near Eastern religions, explores the diverse literary antecedents of the Old Testament as well as the Apocrypha-books excluded from the canonical Hebrew text but included in the Septuagint. Closely analyzing the formation and contents of these works, Nigosian compares them with the religious, philosophical, didactic, and historical works created by the neighboring Near Eastern civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Syria, Palestine, and Asia Minor. Proceeding book by book, he highlights parallels in language, structure, and story among Hebrew and non-Hebrew and non-canonical Hebrew texts. From the ubiquity of flood myths throughout the ancient Near East to similarities between seduction tales in Genesis and Egyptian mythology, Job-like stories from Babylonian legend, and the recycling of elements within the Hebrew Bible, this book offers a concise and accessible history of the composition and compilation of the Bible and the complex process of canonization. It also features a glossary, an extensive bibliography, and a chronology of the composition of the Hebrew Bible and the Apocrypha.
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A valuable introduction to the OT... Ideal for beginning students.( International Review of Biblical Studies 2005-01-00)
The book can serve well as an undergraduate level textbook. It is beautifully typeset and produced.(Kristin De Troyer Religious Studies Review 2005-01-00)
Commendable for its organization, breadth, and evenhandedness with regard to scholarship.(Robert F. Hull, Jr. Stone-Campbell Journal 2006-01-00)
A launching point for further research, it provides new students with ample information for proceeding according to their interests.(Andrea K. Di Giovanni Toronto Journal of Theology 2007-01-00) About the Author:
S. A. Nigosian is a professor and research associate at the University of Toronto. Among his many books are World Religions: A Historical Approach, The Zoroastrian Faith, and Islam: Its History, Teaching, and Practices.
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Descrizione libro The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria SONG0801879884
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 97808018798831.0
Descrizione libro Johns Hopkins UP, 2004. Condizione libro: New. Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 83453
Descrizione libro The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0801879884