An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination

Westminster John Knox Press
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In this book Walter Brueggemann, America's premier biblical theologian, introduces the reader to the broad theological scope and chronological sweep of the Old Testament. He covers every book of the Old Testament in the order in which it appears in the Hebrew Bible and treats the most important issues and methods in contemporary interpretation of the Old Testament--literary, historical, and theological.
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Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He is the world's leading interpreter of the Old Testament, and is the author of numerous books, including Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination and Reverberations of Faith: A Theological Handbook of Old Testament Themes.

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Publisher
Westminster John Knox Press
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Published on
Nov 30, 2003
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Pages
434
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ISBN
9781611643930
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / Old Testament
Religion / Biblical Studies / History & Culture
Religion / Biblical Studies / Old Testament
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