Engaging the Old Testament How to Read Biblical Narrative, Poetry, and Prophecy Well Dominick S. Hernández This introductory textbook invites students to explore the depths and riches of the Old Testament and demonstrates its relevance for Christian readers. “This helpful tool by an important Latino Old Testament scholar should serve a wide audience.” —M. DANIEL CARROLL R., Wheaton College and Graduate School “This creative and helpful book demonstrates what riches we can gain through genuine engagement of the Old Testament.” —SARA M. KOENIG, Seattle Pacific University “What a delightful book! Hernández meets beginning students where they are and provides all the tools necessary to begin reading—really reading—the Old Testament.” —MICHELLE KNIGHT, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School “An ideal textbook both for new students and for those who want something fresh and challenging.” —THOMAS R. SCHREINER, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary “This book will become a standard for introductions of the Bible for years to come.” —SETH D. POSTELL, Israel College of the Bible CONTENTS 1. What’s the Old Testament “God” to Do with Me? 2. The Commitment to Really Reading 3. From Talking to Tablets to Tabernacle to Today 4. Reading from Today Back to the Text 5. The Confessions of a Close Reader 6. How the Old Testament Is Told: Narrative 7. Learning to Love the Law ? 8. Seeds of Remembrance 9. Redeeming Rahab the Conqueror 10. Why Is the Book of Judges So Weird? 11. Hannah and Ruth: Mothers of the Monarchy 12. King David’s True Legacy 13. Divided Allegiances to Divided Kingdom: The Tragedy of King Solomon 14. How Biblical Poets Wrote Poetry: The Importance of Parallelism 15. How Biblical Poets Wrote Poetry: The Proliferation of Metaphors 16. Metaphors and Retributive Justice in the Poetry of Job 17. How Prophets Prophesy
APRIL 2023 • 320 pp. • paper • $29.99 • 9781540962836
Dominick S. Hernández (PhD, Bar-Ilan University) is associate pro- fessor of Old Testament and Semitics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He previously taught at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Moody Bible Institute, and Israel College of the Bible. Hernández preaches and gives seminars and is the author of four books. He has also served in English, Spanish, and Hebrew-language ministries in the United States and abroad.
18. How to Engage Poetic Prophecy 19. Who Is Isaiah’s Suffering Servant? Postscript Indexes
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