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An Introduction to the Scriptures of Israel
History and Theology
POD; Published: 8/2/2018
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7542-6
Price: $ 28.99
213 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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In this distinctive textbook for Hebrew Bible courses, author Tzvi Novick’s approach is thematic rather than chronological. Sorting the books according to their historical context, theological claims, and literary conventions, Novick examines and elucidates the historical and intellectual development of the Hebrew Bible. 

With attentiveness to both historical-critical and traditional-canonical approaches, An Introduction to the Scriptures of Israel focuses on the dichotomy of the particular and the universal. It shows how this dichotomy impacts each book’s style and content and how it informs the development of Jewish and Christian traditions. This nontraditional textbook is coherent, engaging, and succinct—a perfect resource for any introductory Hebrew Bible course.



1. Three Introductions
2. The Wisdom Tradition: Religion without Revelation
3. Revelation and Love:
The Patriarchal Narratives and the Song of Songs
4. Joseph and Narrative
5. The Exodus: Freedom and Sonship
6. Sinai: Covenant and Code
7. The Problem of Monarchy: Samuel and Kings
8. Condemning Israel, Sparing the Nations:
Amos and Jonah
9. Eden and the Art of Reading
10. Priestly Theology and Holy Space
11. Exile and Return: Prophetic Visions
12. The Consolidation of Judaism: Temple and Torah
13. Violence and Identity: Joshua and Judges
14. Jews, Gentiles, and Gender:
Esther, Ruth, Ezra, and Nehemiah
15. Apocalyptic: Daniel and the Dead Sea Scrolls
16. The Israelite at Prayer: The Book of Psalms
Subject Index
Scripture and Other Ancient Sources Index

Joel S. Kaminsky
— Smith College
“Novick’s innovative introduction to Israel’s scriptures has grown organically from his teaching experience, and it communicates the excitement of a lively humanities course. . . . A learned but accessible introduction to the Hebrew Bible, to biblical studies, and to the distinct ways Jews and Christians interpret the Bible.”
Sara M. Koenig
— Seattle Pacific University
“Simultaneously broad enough to be useful in a variety of educational settings yet also detailed and specific enough to further scholarly insight. Rather than simply beginning with Genesis and proceeding in canonical order, Tzvi Novick considers how themes of ‘the universal’ and ‘the particular’ are presented and held in tension within Israel’s scriptures. With his lucid, even elegant writing, Novick gives readers of all levels a new way to look at this ancient text.”
Expository Times
“An engaging and creative introduction to the Hebrew Bible.”
Society for Old Testament Study Book List
“As an introduction to the OT this is innovative and approachable.”