Today’s post is a review pf Marvin Sweeney’s new book Tanak: A Theological and Critical Introduction to the Jewish Bible (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012) Sweeney says that Old Testament theology provides “a model of systematic interpretation of the Bible from which Jewish biblical interpretation may benefit” (p. 5).
In his book, Sweeney offers a theological interpretation of each section of the Tanak. His interpretation of the Torah follows the ten toledoth found in the book of Genesis. In addition, Sweeney uses the toledoth of Jacob that appears in Genesis 37:2 to discuss the history of the twelve tribes of Israel and the toledoth of Aaron and Moses in Numbers 3:1 to discuss the history of Israel under the Levites.
Sweeney provides a theological introduction of each book of the Tanak by emphasizing each book’s historical and literary background as well as its message.
Read my review. Here is the link: Tanak: A Theology of the Hebrew Bible
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Topics: Marvin Sweeney, John D. Levenson, Tanak, Toledoth, Hebrew Bible
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Northern Baptist Seminary