Introduction To The Hebrew Bible CD-ROM – Jan 2010
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"John Collin"s introduction is a timely and welcome contribution, one based on his own extensive research and on his many years of teaching the subject. The reader will find not only a careful presentation of the biblical material but also a judicious assessment of scholarship on it. This book will be a valuable tool for classroom use, and the bibliographics appended to each chapter will help the student who wishes to pursue a topic in greater detail." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Professor Collins skill as a teacher in Yale comes through clearly, as he covers such an amount of material with expertise and knowledge.
This book fulfills a real need for educated, interested readers who wish to gain an insight into the Hebrew Bible, which underlies our civilization.
I would recommend this book as a textbook for introductory Hebrew Bible courses and also for arm-chair Bible enthusiasts who want a deeper examination of the text.
Appropriate for all Christian denominations: Catholic/Protestant, etc.
John Collins writes in an easy-to-read style which allows for people of all reading levels to gain an appreciation for the Hebrew Bible.
But Collins depth of the material needs also to be applauded. Coming in at over six hundred pages this book seems heady. This is because Collins gives all the relevant information one is looking for and more. One will learn a great deal about the Hebrew Bible as well as the surrounding context (aNE) that gave rise to such literature. The reader will leave this book with a wealth of information and insight. Moreover, at the end of each chapter is a list of books for further study.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Collins has produced the best up to date introduction to the Hebrew Bible-the second best would go to Lawrence Boadt's Reading the Old Testament. I will continue to go back to this book in the future because of its usefulness. Get the book!