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Introducing "A Brief History of Old Testament Criticism" By Mark Gignilliat

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Three distinctives mark Old Testament interpretation from the modern period (circa 1660 – 1970): a new interest in the Bible’s specific historical contexts, attention to its literary matters, and, most significantly, the suspension of belief. A vast array of scholars contributed to the large, developing complex of ideas and trends that now serves as the foundation of contemporary discussions on interpretation.

In A Brief History of Old Testament Criticism, Mark Gignilliat brings the key figures and theories of Old Testament criticism together to serve as windows into the critical trends of Old Testament interpretation in the modern period.

Gignilliat wrote this book because he remembers as a student the kind of "dizzying amount of information" that comes regarding the figures and their approaches to Old Testament criticism. He wanted to write a helpful, accessible book that would help students grasp the main characters and their ideas in the history of interpretation of the Old Testament.

This concise overview is ideal for classroom use. It lays a foundation and provides a working knowledge of the major critical interpreters of the Old Testament, their approaches to the Bible, and the philosophical background of their positions. Each chapter concludes with a section For Further Reading, directing students to additional resources on specific theologians and theories.

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