Michael Dick leads the student-reader on a path of discovery, providing insightful questions and powerful explanations necessary for the effective exploration of this marvelous work.
It is the author’s intention to help students understand the Old Testament as a piece of literature (and not helping them to use it in any devotional way). In order to do this he uses examples from ancient literature to shed light on certain texts. For example, he uses an ancient creation myth from Mesopotamia, Atrahasis, to show the relation of ancient myths to the biblical account of the universal flood, as well as Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal to help students understand that the biblical book of Jonah is not to be read as history, and excerpts from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass to provide insight on how better to understand other texts.
Reading the Old Testament is a highly interactive text, with charts, tables, and many questions per chapter appearing both in the text and on an accompanying CD.
Table of Contents
• Interpreting the Text of the Bible
• Exercises in Reading and Exegesis
• The Beginning: A Response to a Crisis
• Genesis 1–11: An Introduction to the Pentateuch or Torah
• The Thesis of the Pentateuch and Its Development
• Torah: Story and Law
• The Prophets
• The Psalms (Psalter)
• The Wisdom Movement: Proverbs and Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes)
• The Jewish Short Story: Ruth, Esther, and Judith