Reading the Old Testament Anew

Biblical Perspectives on Today's Issues

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“Eschewing the traditional compulsion to cover the entirety of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament in a single term, John Kaltner has crafted an introductory textbook that works from the principle that “less is more.”  By limiting his attention to six key themes—creation, covenant, liberation, being human, “the other,” and social justice—and tracing them through the canon and beyond, Kaltner deftly exposes first-time readers to both the central ideas and major interpretive questions surrounding the biblical text.  Breezy and readable, the book should prove useful to instructors who are looking for ways to make the academic study of the Hebrew Bible more accessible to introductory students.”

Chris Stanley
St. Bonaventure University

Reading the Old Testament Anew: Biblical Perspectives on Today’s Issues shows that John Kaltner is not only a skilled biblical scholar but also an accomplished teacher. While the contents of the book consist of the findings of reliable and current biblical scholarship, its uniqueness lies in its carefully structured pedagogical format. Kaltner does not simply suggest a method of learning the material; he demonstrates it as he leads the reader step-by-step through each chapter. This begins with personal experience of reading the text; then an overview of general information about it; followed by in-depth study; ending with contemporary implications of its meaning. Reading the Old Testament Anew: Biblical Perspectives on Today’s Issues will serve as a valuable resource as well as a fine text for undergraduates.”

Dianne Bergant
Catholic Theological Union

“While introductory textbooks on the Old Testament are a dime a dozen, John Kaltner has succeeded in creating something fresh and new. Most textbooks provide broad summaries of biblical texts and the various scholarly theories developed to interpret them. But Kaltner, by contrast, provides a detailed close reading of selected texts, showing how and why scholarly approaches have grown organically out of the critical issues encountered in a detailed engagement with biblical narratives. Kaltner does not just tell the reader what scholars say about these ancient texts. He instead shows the reader why the scholars say what they do and why this is important for how we interpret these texts in our contemporary context. This book will go a long way towards getting students of the Bible to critically engage with the Old Testament literature rather than just learn information about it. I highly recommend it.”

Robert F. Shedinger
Luther College

About This Book

Overview

Does the Bible remain relevant amid the complexities of the contemporary landscape? Absolutely, according to John Kaltner’s Reading the Old Testament Anew: Biblical Perspectives on Today’s Issues.

In fact, the stories of Scripture have shaped our understandings of the world—often without our even knowing it!

In Reading the Old Testament Anew: Biblical Perspectives on Today’s Issues, Kaltner presents an accessible overview of contemporary biblical scholarship as it relates to timely themes for today’s classroom, including creation, covenant, liberation, the human condition, the marginalized ‘other,’ and social justice. With real-world connections, pertinent artwork, informative and thought-provoking sidebars, and a robust bibliography, Reading the Old Testament Anew is the perfect guide for exploring the ancient context and modern relevance of the Bible as it relates to some of today’s most pressing themes.

 

Details

Dimensions 6 x .5 x 9 in
Format

Softcover

ISBN

978-11-59982-774-2

Pages

284

Item # 7081

Customer Reviews

“Eschewing the traditional compulsion to cover the entirety of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament in a single term, John Kaltner has crafted an introductory textbook that works from the principle that “less is more.”  By limiting his attention to six key themes—creation, covenant, liberation, being human, “the other,” and social justice—and tracing them through the canon and beyond, Kaltner deftly exposes first-time readers to both the central ideas and major interpretive questions surrounding the biblical text.  Breezy and readable, the book should prove useful to instructors who are looking for ways to make the academic study of the Hebrew Bible more accessible to introductory students.”

Chris Stanley
St. Bonaventure University

Reading the Old Testament Anew: Biblical Perspectives on Today’s Issues shows that John Kaltner is not only a skilled biblical scholar but also an accomplished teacher. While the contents of the book consist of the findings of reliable and current biblical scholarship, its uniqueness lies in its carefully structured pedagogical format. Kaltner does not simply suggest a method of learning the material; he demonstrates it as he leads the reader step-by-step through each chapter. This begins with personal experience of reading the text; then an overview of general information about it; followed by in-depth study; ending with contemporary implications of its meaning. Reading the Old Testament Anew: Biblical Perspectives on Today’s Issues will serve as a valuable resource as well as a fine text for undergraduates.”

Dianne Bergant
Catholic Theological Union

“While introductory textbooks on the Old Testament are a dime a dozen, John Kaltner has succeeded in creating something fresh and new. Most textbooks provide broad summaries of biblical texts and the various scholarly theories developed to interpret them. But Kaltner, by contrast, provides a detailed close reading of selected texts, showing how and why scholarly approaches have grown organically out of the critical issues encountered in a detailed engagement with biblical narratives. Kaltner does not just tell the reader what scholars say about these ancient texts. He instead shows the reader why the scholars say what they do and why this is important for how we interpret these texts in our contemporary context. This book will go a long way towards getting students of the Bible to critically engage with the Old Testament literature rather than just learn information about it. I highly recommend it.”

Robert F. Shedinger
Luther College

About the Author

John Kaltner

John Kaltner is associate professor of religious studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1: Perspectives on Creation

Images of Adam and Eve by Linda S. Schearing

Chapter 2: Perspectives on Covenant

Chapter 3: Perspectives on Liberation

Chapter 4: Perspectives on the Human Condition

The Devil Who Displays Wisdom by Ellen White

Chapter 5: Perspectives on the Other

Chapter 6: Perspectives on Social Justice

Hungering for Social Justice by Ellen White

Additional Resources

Index

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