Category: ‘The Old Testament’ (2014)

Michael D. Coogan: The Covenant Code and the Code of Hammurapi

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 132. Both the Code of Hammurapi and the Covenant Code set the laws in an explicitly religious context. In both, it is the deity who is… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: The Covenant Code and the Code of Hammurapi”

Michael D. Coogan: Three Different Versions of the Ten Commandments

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Literary and Historical Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 123. It is important to note that the Bible contains three different versions of the Decalogue. The first is in Exodus 20.2-17; in its present form, it… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: Three Different Versions of the Ten Commandments”

Michael D. Coogan: The Importance of Covenant

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Literary and Historical Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 118. The concept of covenant is central to the Bible. Its significance is indicated by its thematic importance in P, which is organized around three covenants,… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: The Importance of Covenant”

Michael D. Coogan: Embellishment in the Exodus Story

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Literary and Historical Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 108. Given the importance of the Exodus, it is not surprising that the tendency to embellish what had originally occurred is evident among the accounts we… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: Embellishment in the Exodus Story”

Michael D. Coogan: Tricking Yahweh

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Literary and Historical Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 99. Following the narrative of the call of Moses in chapters 3.1-4.17 is a short passage (4.24-26) oddly inconsistent with the larger plot. Moses has finally… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: Tricking Yahweh”

Michael D. Coogan: The Quest for Historicity of the Patriarchs

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 89. The further removed biblical writers are from the events they describe, the less secure are modern scholars’ attempts to determine whether these events actually happened.… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: The Quest for Historicity of the Patriarchs”

Michael D. Coogan: ANE Parallels to Genesis 12-50

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 83. Many elements of the plot of Genesis 12-50 are found in other ancient literatures. Among these, one of the most significant is the epic of Kirta (also… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: ANE Parallels to Genesis 12-50”

Michael D. Coogan: The Significance of the Rainbow in Genesis

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Literary and Historical Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 69. The sign of the covenant between God and Noah and every living creature is “the bow in the clouds” (Gen 9.13). This refers to the… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: The Significance of the Rainbow in Genesis”

Michael D. Coogan: The Genealogies of the Yahwist Source

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Literary and Historical Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 62. In Genesis 4, we have a genealogy from Adam to Enosh, which is interrupted by a lengthy story about Cain and Abel and shorter stories… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: The Genealogies of the Yahwist Source”

Michael D. Coogan – The Formation of the Pentateuch

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 55-56. A description of the process by which the separate sources or documents were combined is also hypothetical, but a possible scenario is as follows. Using… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan – The Formation of the Pentateuch”