Discussion throughout the volume will focus on how the text presents the origins or early history of Israel and its ideals or how it employs narrative and law to provide the foundations for an ideal national and religious identity.
The volume will conclude with a brief treatment of how the Pentateuch is read in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
A groundbreaking template on the study of the Pentateuch replete with up-to-date critical scholarship and captivating
fresh insights. A renowned scholar and passionate teacher, Professor Sweeneys book presents sequential readings of the
Pentateuch in its overall structure while judiciously expounding key details and themes of each book in admirably
reader-friendly ways. The result is a championing reading guide that will not only make learning the Pentateuch easy and
enjoyable but also spur readers to consider its in-depth theology and inspiring homily for pertinent issues in our time.
Hyun Chul Paul Kim, Professor of Hebrew Bible in the Williams Chair of Biblical Studies, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Delaware, OH
Marvin Sweeney brings updated pentateuchal research to students and scholars by considering thoughtfully and broadly its
contribution to a synchronic reading of the Torah. Sweeney also focuses on the theological and ideological aspects of the
composition in its smaller and larger units, suggesting that creationof the world and the people of Israelis the overall
theme of the Pentateuch. Easy to read and thought-provoking, this book is a great window into how biblical scholarship
contributes intellectually to faith and conversations in our current culture.
Dalit Rom-Shiloni, Associate Professor at the Department of Biblical Studies, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
Marvin Sweeney provides a concise introduction to the Pentateuch. He clarifies the literary structure and central themes
of each book while using source criticism to provide insight into the texts history of composition. The result is a helpful
guide for students and instructors in reading through the Torah.
Thomas B. Dozeman, Professor of Old Testament, United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH
This concise volume helpfully introduces both the Pentateuch and the individual books that compose it. Offering an
up-to-date summary of recent scholarship, Sweeney also presents his own creative theories about the formation of the Torah
and its historical background. This excellent introduction will prove useful to scholars and students alike.
David L. Petersen, Franklin N. Parker Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA