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Sources of the Old Testament: A Guide to the Religious Thought of the Hebrew Bible (Understanding the Bible & Its World) [Paperback]

James E. Atwell
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1 April 2004 Understanding the Bible & Its World
This book offers a concise introduction to the Old Testament for undergraduates, students on diocesan ministry courses, study groups and the general reader. James Atwell explains the main ideas to be found in the Old Testament in their own context, interpreting them in the light of the religious and cultural background of the Ancient Near East from where they emerged. One major aspect of this world of ideas examined by Atwell, and which is of particular contemporary interest, is the significance of creation and the Creator - the topic which formed the broad horizon of biblical theology, which raised so many of the big questions that are grappled with in the Old Testament, including problems of nature and the environment, respect for creation, the distinction between Creator and creature, and human destiny. Each section ends with a list of questions linking the ideas to be found in the Old Testament to modern concerns.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: T.& T.Clark Ltd (1 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0567084639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0567084637
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,087,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This kind of project is certainly much needed. I am so glad to see this work take seriously the objective of showing how knowledge of the ancient Near Eastern background can deepen and enrich a believer's appreciation of Biblical traditions. The piece is gracefully written, offering numerous insights, evocative images and lucid prose. The many learned observations here are expressed intelligently and should prove accessible to a well-educated lay audience. Professor Carolyn Sharp, Yale Divinity School

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The Very Revd James E. Atwell studied at Oxford and Harvard, and is presently Dean of St Edmundsbury Suffolk

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book but in poor condition 14 Mar 2013
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The book was excellent but I was disappointed in the condition in which it arrived. It looked as if it had been sitting in a warehouse for a long time. It was a bit dirty and the edges of each page were yellow and discolored, possibly sun damaged I think.
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