The Early Prophets Joshua Judges Samuel and Kings

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Publisher: Schocken
ISBN: 0805243232
Format: PDF
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The story of ancient Israel, from the arrival in Canaan to the destruction of the Kingdom of Judah and the Babylonian exile some six centuries later, here is the highly anticipated second volume in Everett Fox’s landmark translation of the Hebrew Bible. The personalities who appear in the pages of The Early Prophets, and the political and moral dilemmas their stories illuminate, are part of the living consciousness of the Western world. From Joshua and the tumbling walls of Jericho to Samson and Delilah, the prophet Samuel and the tragic King Saul, David and Goliath, Bathsheba and Absalom, King Solomon’s temple, Elijah and the chariot of fire, Ahab and Jezebel—the stories of these men and women are deeply etched into Western culture because they beautifully encapsulate the human experience. The four books that comprise The Early Prophets look at tribal rivalries, dramatic changes in leadership, and the intrusions of neighboring empires through the prism of the divine-human relationship. Over the centuries, the faithful have read these narratives as demonstrations of the perils of disobeying God’s will, and time and again Jews in exile found that the stories spoke to their own situations of cultural assimilation, destruction, and the reformulation of identity. They have had an equally indelible impact on generations of Christians, who have seen in many of the narratives foreshadowings of the life and death of Jesus, as well as models for their own lives and the careers of their leaders. But beyond its importance as a foundational religious document, The Early Prophets is a great work of literature, a powerful and distinctive narrative of the past that seeks meaning in the midst of national catastrophe. Accompanied by illuminating commentary, notes, and maps, Everett Fox’s masterly translation of the Hebrew original re-creates the echoes, allusions, alliterations, and wordplays that rhetorically underscore its meaning and are intrinsic to a timeless text meant to be both studied and read aloud. From the Hardcover edition.

Textgestalt und Komposition

Author: Erhard Blum
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
ISBN: 9783161503061
Format: PDF, ePub
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English summary: The present volume contains a collection of 16 essays by Erhard Blum, Professor of Old Testament at the Faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Tubingen. These works were published elsewhere between 1980 and 2007 and deal with the question of the compositional history of the Pentateuch and the Former Prophets. Some of these esssays focus on the analysis of highly controversial texts such as Jacob's struggle at the Yabboq (Gen 32) or the bloody bridegroom (Ex 4), whereas others deal with the overall compositional structure of Genesis to Kings and its history, such as the transition from the patriarchs to the exodus narrative or the transition from Joshua to Judges or the second covenant at Sinai (Ex 34). A number of essays cover the prophetical stories in the Book of Kings and the succession narrative and their relevance for the composition of Deuteronomistic History. German description: Dieser Band vereinigt sechzehn, an verschiedenen Orten veroffentlichte Aufsatze des Tubinger Alttestamentlers Erhard Blum zu den Kanonteilen Tora und Vordere Propheten. Sie fuhren weiter, was in den Monographien Die Komposition der Vatergeschichte und Studien zur Komposition des Pentateuch Grund gelegt wurde. Detailstudien befassen sich mit notorisch schwierigen Texten wie etwa dem Kampf Jakobs am Jabbok (Gen 32) oder der Erzahlung vom Blutbrautigam (Ex 4). Daneben stehen Arbeiten, die in einem weiten Horizont die kompositionsgeschichtlichen Knotenpunkte bearbeiten, etwa den Ubergang von den Erzvatern zum Exodus, den Ubergang vom Josua- zum Richterbuch oder den zweiten Bundesschluss am Sinai (Ex 34). Hinzu kommen Arbeiten zu den Propheten-Erzahlungen und zur Thronfolge-Erzahlung, mit wesentlichen Beitragen zur Vor- und der Nachgeschichte des deuteronomistischen Geschichtswerks.

Ancient Israel The Former Prophets Joshua Judges Samuel and Kings A Translation with Commentary

Author: Robert Alter
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393240274
Format: PDF, ePub
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Robert Alter’s award-winning translation of the Hebrew Bible continues with the stirring narrative of Israel’s ancient history. To read the books of the Former Prophets in this riveting Robert Alter translation is to discover an entertaining amalgam of hair-raising action and high literary achievement. Samson, the vigilante superhero of Judges, slaughters thousands of Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey. David, the Machiavellian prince of Samuel and Kings, is one of the great literary figures of antiquity. A ruthless monarch, David embodies a life in full dimension as it moves from brilliant youth through vigorous prime to failing old age. Samson and David play emblematic roles in the rise and fall of ancient Israel, a nation beset by internal divisions and external threats. A scattering of contentious desert tribes joined by faith in a special covenant with God, Israel emerges through the bloody massacres of Canaanite populations recounted in Joshua and the anarchic violence of Judges. The resourceful David consolidates national power, but it is power rooted in conspiracy, and David dies bitterly isolated in his court, surrounded by enemies. His successor, Solomon, maintains national unity through his legendary wisdom, wealth, and grand public vision, but after his death Israel succumbs to internal discord and foreign conquest. Near its end, the saga of ancient Israel returns to the supernatural. In Elijah’s fiery ascent to heaven many would find the harbinger of a messiah coming to save his people in their time of need.

Keine Posaunen vor Jericho

Author: Israel Finkelstein
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 3406655394
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Bisher diente biblische Archäologie zum Beweis der Heiligen Schrift. Die beiden international renommierten Archäologen drehen den Spieß um und lassen die Ausgrabungen eine eigene Sprache sprechen. Ihr dramatisch neues, archäologisch fundiertes Bild von der Geschichte Israels zwingt zum Umdenken. Der Auszug aus Ägypten, die Einnahme Kanaans, das Großreich unter König David und der Tempelbau in Jerusalem unter König Salomon galten lange auch bei den kritischsten Wissenschaftlern als gesichert. Neueste Ausgrabungen, bisher nur Experten bekannt, zeigen ein ganz anderes Bild: " Den Auszug aus Ägypten gab es ebensowenig wie eine "Landnahme". " Jerusalem unter David und Salomon war ein größeres Dorf sicher ohne zentralen Tempel und großen Palast. " Der Monotheismus hat sich viel später entwickelt als bisher angenommen & Das klar und anschaulich geschriebene Buch ist in zwölf Kapitel gegliedert: Auf die Nacherzählung der biblischen Geschichte folgt jeweils die archäologische Spurensuche. Im nächsten Schritt rekonstruieren die Autoren (Israel Finkelstein ist der Direktor des israelischen Instituts Tel Aviv) den tatsächlichen historischen Ablauf, um abschließend zu fragen, wann und warum die Geschichte aufgeschrieben wurde.