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  • CD-ROM
  • Publisher: Fortress Press; Cdr edition (Jan. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800696778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800696771
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #565,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Extremely Informative, A Little Judgmental Nov. 16 2008
By Jordan Pariah - Published on
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It is difficult to imagine a critical, scholastic, introductory textbook to the entire Hebrew Bible (and deuterocanonical texts) that could do a better job than this. The book tops out at just over 600 pages, which is somewhat daunting, but well-worth a studious read. There is only so much that can be done in an introductory textbook without becoming overwhelming. I believe the book found it's way to that boundary between too much and not enough. Inevitably, with a book of this quality, criticisms might tend to become nit-picky. The "illustrations" gathered together in the center of the textbook are lackluster, few in number, and rather common. Anyone with a real interest in the Hebrew Bible or the ancient Near East will be familiar with most of the objects and places pictured. They could at least have presented color photographs. Even better, they could have included a CD with a large archive of photographs to flip through as you read--which brings us to the included CD. I've always felt that including the textbook on an accompanying CD was rather pointless. It's probably done to claim an added value for the product and substantiate an increase in price. Fortunately, you can find the book steeply discounted on places like and then toss the CD without regret (except, perhaps, for the increase in environmental waste). But even if having the book on CD was a welcome option, the publisher chose to discriminate against a large number of its customers by making the work accessible only through a Windows-based operating system. The CD will not load, install, or run on Linux or (I assume) Mac. Being a Linux user, therefore, I found the CD doubly worthless. As a lover of the Tetrateuch, I was thrilled at how much space and time was committed to Genesis and the first half of Exodus. Unfortunately, the rest of the Tetrateuch suffered. The last half of Exodus as well as Numbers receive, perhaps, the poorest treatment in the entire textbook. Leviticus, thankfully, was not treated so unjustly, but it's treatment still suffered. My biggest complaint is the biased judgment calls that Collins weaves subtly or not-so-subtly through the entire work. He repeatedly inserts factual judgments on ideas or arguments which he either has not presented evidence for or had previously discussed only as a possible way of viewing things. I found myself repeatedly writing the word "why?" in the margin or making some sort of note where Collins proceeded upon an assumption or argument that I found rather thin or unconvincing. It is clear that Collins attempts to bypass his own biases by giving time and attention to various arguments and evidences, but he is not consistent. Perhaps Collins felt the need when dealing with sacred literature to guard against the abuses of Fundamentalism. But since when was he the guardian of the text? Overall, the book comes highly recommended. One cannot fail to receive a great deal of critical, theological, and historical insight, while building a solid foundation in their study of the Hebrew Bible.
36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
An Excellent Book - Highly Recommended July 20 2005
By Noel J. Fitzpatrick - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book, which is exactly what it claims to be an "Introduction to the Hebrew Bible". It will be welcomed by all who want a scholarly, balanced and clear introduction to the difficult topic of the Hebrew Bible. In over 600 pages the Hebrew Bible is discussed, based on solid research. However Professor Collins does not get bogged down excessively with erudite "on the other hands", which might confuse excessively.

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.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
You'll keep coming back for more! Nov. 9 2006
By Evelyn Dodd - Published on
Format: Paperback
In my six years of study as a post-graduate Theology student,I have read many books introducing me to Hebrew Scripture. Many were excellent and scholarly yet none possessed the "flow and enticement" of Collins' research and presentation. I looked forward each night to resuming my study. Collins managed to tie all the information together, fill in all the gaps, present many perspectives and offer the latest assessment of the evidence thus far. I teach an Adult Bible Study - and ALWAYS have this book at my side. It's as pleasurable a read as it is informative!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Build Context into your Bible Study June 5 2009
By Matthew Schupbach - Published on
Format: Paperback
John Collins' book gives a "big picture" view of the context within which the literature was written/edited. He discusses the culture, politics, geography, theology, and potential understanding of the authors/editors throughout history.

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.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great overview Oct. 16 2005
By NYU Student - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a great overview of Biblical content and the main issues facing Biblical scholarship. An excellent resource for any student of Biblical literature, at all levels.

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