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The Hebrew Bible for Beginners: A Jewish and Christian Introduction
Kaminsky, Joel S. and Joel N. Lohr

Nashville: Abingdon, 2015 pp. xv +297. $39.99


Description: Jews call the Hebrew Scriptures the “Tanakh”; Christians call them the “Old Testament.” And there begins the discussion of how Jews and Christians see common Scripture and how each use its teaching in divergent, conflicting, and often complex ways. The Hebrew Bible for Beginners introduces students to the tremendous influence the book has had on contemporary society and explores the complexities of reading ancient religious literature today. The book also addresses how different approaches can be alarming, indeed even shocking, to those who have not been exposed to the distinctions between Jewish and Christian beliefs, but it tackles the conversation in a faith-respecting, sympathetic, and noncritical fashion. Avoiding jargon and convoluted prose, this highly accessible volume provides textboxes, charts, a timeline, a glossary, and regularly includes artistic renderings of biblical scenes to keep lay and beginning readers engaged.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches, Ideological Critique, Feminist Approaches, Theological Approaches

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Review by William L. Lyons
Published 11/9/2017
Citation: William L. Lyons, review of Joel S. Kaminsky and Joel N. Lohr, The Hebrew Bible for Beginners: A Jewish and Christian Introduction, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


Review by Valeriy A. Alikin
Published 11/9/2017
Citation: Valeriy A. Alikin, review of Joel S. Kaminsky and Joel N. Lohr, The Hebrew Bible for Beginners: A Jewish and Christian Introduction, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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