Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible

John H. Walton

Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible
Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible

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Leading evangelical scholar John Walton surveys the cultural context of the ancient Near East, bringing insight to the interpretation of specific Old Testament passages. This new edition of a top-selling textbook has been thoroughly updated and revised throughout to reflect the refined thinking of a mature scholar. It includes over 30 illustrations. Students and pastors who want to deepen their understanding of the Old Testament will find this a helpful and instructive study.

  • Contents
  • Part 1: Comparative Studies
    • 1. History and Methods
    • 2. Comparative Studies, Scholarship, and Theology
  • Part 2: Literature of the Ancient Near East
    • 3. Summary of the Literature of the Ancient Near East
  • Part 3: Religion
    • 4. The Gods
    • 5. Temples and Rituals
    • 6. State and Family Religion
  • Part 4: Cosmos
    • 7. Cosmic Geography
    • 8. Cosmology and Cosmogony
  • Part 5: People
    • 9. Understanding the Past: Human Origins and Role
    • 10. Understanding the Past: Historiography
    • 11. Encountering the Present: Guidance for Life--Divination and Omens
    • 12. Encountering the Present: Context of Life--Cities and Kingship
    • 13. Encountering the Present: Guidelines for Life--Law and Wisdom
    • 14. Pondering the Future on Earth and after Death
  • Concluding Remarks
  • Appendix: Individual Gods
  • Indexes


Pages: 384
Publisher: Baker Academic
Published: 2018
ISBN-10: 1540960218
ISBN-13: 9781540960214

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