This pedagogically astute introduction to the Hebrew Bible is designed specifically for undergraduates. It begins with the most basic questions: from where and when did the Hebrew Bible originate, how was it written, and how did people read it? And in focusing on the fundamental question of the canon—“Who are we?”—it first gives much attention to the issues of identity, especially in contexts of family, gender, ethnicity, and class. Then it explores how the ancient Israelites organized themselves in terms of power and state, and finally delineates the larger questions of God and ideology within the canon. The result is a flow of topics that yields a textbook more in line with other studies of ancient literature and culture. Without ignoring the religious function of the Hebrew Bible, it instead presents religion as a part of every aspect of existence. Through art, photography, literature, and popular culture, this text vibrantly presents the concepts of the Hebrew Bible and offers a companion Web site for teachers, with tests and other pedagogical aids.
Sandra L. Gravett is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina.
Karla G. Bohmbach is Associate Professor of Religion and Coordinator of the Women’s Studies program at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.
F. V. Greifenhagen is Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Luther College of the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Donald C. Polaski teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.