Anselm Companion to the Old Testament

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Filled with accessible and well-researched essays by leading biblical scholars, Anselm Companion to the Old Testament is geared to undergraduates of diverse faith backgrounds studying the Old Testament. This text offers ease and flexibility as it can be used with any translation of the Bible.

This companion text also engages readers with full-color images and thoughtful study and discussion questions. Anselm Companion to the Old Testament is organized into three parts: introductions to biblical studies, Old Testament topics, and a collection of additional study aids.


  • Bible Translations
  • Methods of Biblical Interpretation
  • Geography and Archaeology
  • The Social World and Religions of Ancient Israel
  • Introduction to the Wisdom Literature
  • Jewish Biblical Interpretation


Weight 0.7 lbs
Dimensions 5.375 × 1.5 × 8.25 in


Print ISBN




Item # 7057

About the Author

Corrine L. Carvalho, editor

Corrine Carvalho is professor of theology and director of the University of Saint Thomas’ Luann Dummer Center for Women. She has also taught at Florida State University, where she received the Teaching Incentive Program Award, and was nominated for the University Teaching Award and the Superior Liberal Studies Honors Teacher Award. The recipient of several grants and fellowships for her research and the author of numerous articles on biblical literature and history, Corrine serves as president of the Society of Biblical Literature’s Upper Midwest Region, is active in the Catholic Biblical Association, and is a member of the National Association of Women in Catholic Higher Education. Her research interests focus on Israelite prophecy, Israelite religion, ancient Near Eastern religions, and the history of biblical interpretation. Dr. Carvalho received her PhD from Yale University, where she specialized in Old Testament studies, and her master’s degree from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Introduction to Biblical Studies
1. The Formation of the Bible
James Chukwuma Okoye, CSSp

2. Bible Translations
Steven J. Binz, Corrine L. Carvalho, and Claudia Setze

3. Geography and Archaeology
Leslie J. Hoppe, OFM

4. Methods of Biblical Interpretation
Corrine L. Carvalho

5. The Bible in the United States
Claudia Setzer

6. The Bible and the Arts
Gale A. Yee

7. Christians, Jews, and Muslims: People of the Book
John Kaltner, Joel S. Kaminsky, and Younus Mirza

8. Theological Reading of the Bible
Patricia K. Tull

Part 2: The Old Testament
9. The Social World of Ancient Israel
John J. Ahn and Corrine L. Carvalho

10. Religion of Ancient Israel
John L. McLaughlin

11. Old Testament Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
John C. Endres, SJ

12. Jewish Biblical Interpretation
Amy-Jill Levine

13. Introduction to the Pentateuch
Carol J. Dempsey, OP

14. Introduction to the Historical Books
Leslie J. Hoppe, OFM

15. Introduction to the Wisdom Literature and the Psalms
William P. Brown

16. Introduction to the Prophetic Books
Marvin A. Sweeney

Part 3: Additional Study Aids

Time Line of Biblical History

Map 1: The Table of Nations
Map 2: The Tribal Territories
Map 3: The Kingdom Years
Map 4: The Assyrian Empire
Map 5: The Babylonian Empire
Map 6: Ministry of Jesus and the Acts of the Apostles
Map 7: The Holy Land in Modern Times


Canons of Scripture

Biblical Genres

Sacred Time: Festivals, Feasts, and Fasts of Judaism Practiced by Jesus, the Apostles, and Their Contemporaries



Professional Reviews

The essays of seventeen scholars are gathered in this handy and attractive volume. Meant for the beginning Bible student, it contains entries on biblical formation and translation, geography, history, and theology, as well as introductions to Pentateuch, Historical Books, Wisdom, Prophecy, and the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha. Colorful reproductions, charts, and maps are found throughout the book. The discussion questions at the end of each chapter add to the pedagogical value of the book. Inclusion of material on Jewish biblical interpretation and concerns as well as writing by Jewish scholars marks a sensitivity to interfaith matters. The book is identified as a companion, not an introduction. Thus it lacks much of the heaviness found elsewhere. This in no way detracts from its scholarly quality, but rather is in keeping with the college-level character of the material published by Anselm Academic. It is highly recommended.

Dianne Bergant, CSA
Bible Today
Jan./Feb, 2015

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