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Introduction to the Historical Books: Strategies for Reading
McKenzie, Steven L.

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010 pp. vii + 169. $18.00

Description: This book presents a fresh introduction to the "historical books" of the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament. Beginning with a breakdown of the literary genre these writings represent and their relationship to history, Steven McKenzie discusses the larger units of the Bible that they constitute the "Deuteronomistic History" and the "Chronicler's History" and then surveys the critical methods that scholars use to study them. These introductory matters are followed by a chapter on each of the Historical Book. Each of these chapters contains a detailed outline of the book's contents and a thorough discussion of the issues peculiar to that book its text, composition, relationship to history, special literary features, and theology.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible / Old Testament, Historical Books, Literature

Review by Patrick Russell
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Published 12/27/2010
Citation: Patrick Russell, review of Steven L. McKenzie, Introduction to the Historical Books: Strategies for Reading, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2010).

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