“Introduction to the Hebrew Bible offers an accessible yet comprehensive summary of the relevant historical critical scholarship that the students find engaging. This book enables me to use the historical material presented by Collins as a jumping off point for our discussions.”
A Leading Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
John J. Collins’s Introduction to the Hebrew Bible is one of the most reliable and widely adopted critical textbooks at undergraduate and graduate levels alike, and for good reason. Enriched by decades of classroom teaching, it is aimed explicitly at motivated students, regardless of their previous exposure to the Bible or faith commitments. The approach is ecumenical, in the sense that it seeks not to impose any particular theological perspective but to provide information and raise questions that should be relevant to any student.
Collins proceeds through the canon of the Old Testament and the Apocrypha, judiciously presenting the current state of historical, archaeological, and literary understanding of the biblical text, and engaging the student in questions of significance and interpretation for the contemporary world.
The third edition is presented in a new and engaging format with new maps and images. An index has been added to the volume for the first time.
- ISBN 9781506445984
- Format Paperback
- Dimensions 7.5 x 9.25
- Pages 622
- Publication Date April 1, 2018
Offers an accessible yet comprehensive summary of the relevant historical critical scholarship that the students find engaging. . .
Elegant and impressively comprehensive. . .
“Collins does an excellent job, with respect to matters that are deeply inflected by Christian interpretations of the Hebrew Bible, of noting the different lenses through which these texts are read, and to what ends. I also find his summaries of the texts to be both elegant and impressively comprehensive given their succinctness, which leaves ample room for getting into various interpretive and other issues.”