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Struggling with God: An Introduction to the Pentateuch
McEntire, Mark

Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 2008 pp. xii + 249. $25.00

Description: This textbook focuses primarily on the content and structure of the Pentateuch. The process that produced the Pentateuch and the long record of its use within Judaism and Christianity are intricate and fascinating stories, but it is the final form of these five books to which we have the most reliable access. Discussions of historical and theological issues are included when they serve to illustrate the content and structure of the text. After an opening chapter that introduces the major issues in the study of the Pentateuch, including a summary of the history of scholarship, a full chapter engages each of the five books. Attention to literary shape, texture, and artistry are at the forefront of the discussion, while historical and theological discussions are included where they are most informative. The book also includes many lists of textual data in each chapter. Most chapters provide a view of features that serve to connect and draw together the diverse literature of the Pentateuch. Each chapter is intended to serve as a starting point for active textual research in a classroom setting. The material in this book is classroom tested and was even developed during successive opportunities to teach courses on the Pentateuch.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Literature

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Review by Lissa Wray Beal
Published 9/5/2009
Citation: Lissa Wray Beal, review of Mark McEntire, Struggling with God: An Introduction to the Pentateuch, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2009).

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