The Cambridge Companion to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
Chapman, Stephen B. and Marvin A. Sweeney, editors
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016 pp. xvii + 525. $39.99
Description: This Companion offers a concise and engaging introduction to the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament. Providing an up-to-date 'snapshot' of scholarship, it includes essays, specially commissioned for this volume, by twenty-three leading scholars. The volume examines a range of topics, including the historical and religious contexts for the contents of the biblical canon, and critical approaches and methods, as well as newer topics such as the Hebrew Bible in Islam, Western art and literature, and contemporary politics. This Companion is an excellent resource for students at university and graduate level, as well as for laypeople and scholars in other fields who would like to gain an understanding of the current state of the academic discussion. The book does not presume prior knowledge, nor does it engage in highly technical discussions, but it does go into greater detail than a typical introductory textbook.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature
Review by Jeffery M. Leonard
Citation: Jeffery M. Leonard, review of Stephen B. Chapman and Marvin A. Sweeney, eds., The Cambridge Companion to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).
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