An Introduction to the Old Testament Pentateuch
The Pentateuch--Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy--are the vital first books in the Bible. Understanding the scope, meaning, and events of these five books is integral to understanding the whole of Scripture that follows. Old Testament...+
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The Pentateuch--Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy--are the vital first books in the Bible. Understanding the scope, meaning, and events of these five books is integral to understanding the whole of Scripture that follows. Old Testament expert Herbert Wolf provides layreaders and scholars alike with a strong undergirding of understanding and knowledge in this introduction that reveals both the seriousness and excitement of the Pentateuch. Readers will find Adam, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, and Joshua in these pages, as well as terrible sin and glorious forgiveness, bloody sacrifices and battles, deadly betrayal and life-giving hope. Wolf first addresses the overarching themes that flow through the Pentateuch, with special attention given to Moses as author of the five books. He then addresses each book specifically, covering topics such as purpose and scope, and literary structure. He tailors additional study to each specific book, for example: Genesis -- the meaning of "day" in Genesis 1:1--2:3; the extent of the flood; the Abrahamic covenant; the Joseph narrative Exodus -- the significance of the plagues; Passover; the date of the Exodus; the Ten Commandments Leviticus -- meaning of the sacrificial system; the roles of priests and Levites; the Day of Atonement Numbers -- the twelve tribes; forty years in the wilderness; Balaam; preparation for the Promised Land Deuteronomy -- the "Shema;" covenant curses; the promise of blessing This book contributes significantly to a clear, deep understanding of the Bible's first five books.
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