Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible

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Baker Academic, 1 de nov de 2006 - 368 páginas
Much of the Old Testament seems strange to contemporary readers. However, as we begin to understand how ancient people viewed the world, the Old Testament becomes more clearly a book that stands within its ancient context as it also speaks against it. John Walton provides here a thoughtful introduction to the conceptual world of the ancient Near East.

Walton surveys the literature of the ancient Near East and introduces the reader to a variety of beliefs about God, religion, and the world. In helpful sidebars, he provides examples of how such studies can bring insight to the interpretation of specific Old Testament passages. Students and pastors who want to deepen their understanding of the Old Testament will find this a helpful and instructive study.
 

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Comentário do usuário  - leandrod - LibraryThing

Granted, one should not indulge in chronological snobbery (apud CS Lewis) and despise three thousand years of Scriptural exegesis because it did not draw on so much information as is available today ... Ler resenha completa

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This book is excellent if you would like to better understand the background of the Old Testament. Understanding the 'conceptual world' or worldview and customs of the ANE allows one to better ... Ler resenha completa

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List of Illustrations
7
History and Methods
15
Comparative Studies Scholarship and Theology
29
Literature of the Ancient Near East
41
The Gods
87
Temples and Rituals
113
State and Family Religion
135
Cosmic Geography
165
Cosmology and Cosmogony
179
Human Origins and Role
203
and Omens
239
Context of LifeCities
275
Guidelines for LifeLaw
287
Pondering the Future on Earth and after Death
313
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John H. Walton (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including A Survey of the Old Testament, Old Testament Today, and The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament.

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