Ancient near eastern thought and the old testament book review

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ancient near eastern thought and the old testament book review

Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament, 2nd Edition | Baker Publishing Group

Curious readers these days can find with relative ease texts translated and untranslated from the ancient Near East and information about the ancient world in books and articles, in libraries and bookstores, both academic and popular, in print and online, along with television and movie offerings that display ancient scenes, with or without historical accuracy. Unfamiliar names of people, places, items, and deities, combined with unfamiliar activities, however, may soon accumulate as mere curiosities and without yielding much enlightenment. They need to be sorted, explained, and interpreted. Walton has done this well, with a careful eye on both the biblical and extrabiblical materials, providing information and orientation for readers from his long and growing familiarity with ancient Near Eastern remnants of all sorts. An appendix names and describes prominent ancient Near Eastern gods and goddesses. These sections provide convenient reference points for later reading.
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John Walton: What is the Ancient Near East?

Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament

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In order to utilize all of the features of this web site, JavaScript must be enabled in your browser. This volume provides a thoughtful introduction to the literature of the ancient Near East and a well-considered apology for its importance to exegetical work. John Walton suggests that there are three important roles comparative studies can play in biblical interpretation: critical analysis, defense of the biblical text, and exegesis. He focuses particularly on the third aspect and its importance for preventing misinterpretation through the imposition of modern worldviews. In the main body of the text, Walton offers a thoughtful introduction to ancient Near Eastern literature and the "common cognitive environment" that it provides for understanding the world of ancient Israel. After surveying types of literature, he considers the perspectives they offer on beliefs about gods, religion, the cosmos, people, and history. Throughout his study, helpful comparative sidebars focus on Old Testament interpretation to illumine the continuities and discontinuities between the Israelites and their neighbors.

More Options. Leading evangelical scholar John Walton surveys the cultural context of the ancient Near East, bringing insight to the interpretation of specific Old Testament passages.
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Use the link below to share a full-text version of this article with your friends and colleagues. Learn more., Granted, one should not indulge in chronological snobbery apud CS Lewis and despise three thousand years of Scriptural exegesis because it did not draw on so much information as is available today

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