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Basic Textbook: Dillard, R. B. and Trempor Longman, An Introduction to the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994. A traditional OT introduction written by two evangelical scholars. An “introduction” to the OT is not a guide to the uninformed, but is a summary of current scholarly opinion about the authorship, date, origins, and composition of each OT book and the issues involved in their interpretation. Required Supplementary Texts: Three additional textbooks are required for this course W. W. Klein, C. L. Blomberg, R. L. Hubbard, Introduction to Biblical Interpreatation. Waco: Word, 1993. Introduces essential issues involved in biblical interpretation and the methods employed with specific types of material. Our assignments skip sections dealing explicitly with the New Testament. F. F. Bruce, Israel and the Nations : The History of Israel from the Exodus to the Fall of the Second Temple. InterVarsity, 1998. This is a very fine short presentation of the history of biblical Israel that will supplement and complement the "Tapestries" portion of the class lectures. V. H. Matthews, D. C. Benjamin, Social World of Ancient Israel: 150-587 BCE. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1993. This book expounds the cultural and ethnic heritages represented in the OT, particularly in their divergence from or tension with modern expectations. It takes a culturalanthropological and sociological perspective to cover the world of the OT from the perspective of social settings and institutions. Several articles are in electronic form and will be in the Course Conference icon which will appear in your ATS e-mail window during the first 2 days of class.
Asbury Theological Seminary
Summer, Testament, Kentucky, June, Old, OT520, Spring