Category: ‘The Old Testament’ (2014)

Michael D. Coogan – Questioning Mosaic Authorship

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 49-50. In the Middle Ages, a few Jewish and Christian scholars recognized that problems existed with the notion of Moses’ authorship. Thus, for example, some argued… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan – Questioning Mosaic Authorship”

Michael D. Coogan: A Religious Rather Than a Scientific Text

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP: 2014), 35-36. Whatever the character of the inspiration of the Bible, however, it was written by men (and, probably, women) whose knowledge was that of their times,… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: A Religious Rather Than a Scientific Text”

Michael D. Coogan: Genesis 1:2 and Enuma Elish

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 38. The second verse of Genesis seems to allude to the battle between the storm god and the primeval sea, found in Enuma Elish and in other… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: Genesis 1:2 and Enuma Elish”

Michael D. Coogan: Corroborating the Bible

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP: 2014), 22. For the first ten or so books of the Bible, it is difficult to speak of history in any verifiable sense, since there are no records… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: Corroborating the Bible”

Michael Coogan: The Land Before “Israel”

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures (OUP, 2014), 13. For most if its history, the Promised Land was not called Israel. Prior to the emergence of a political entity that called itself Israel in the late second… Continue Reading “Michael Coogan: The Land Before “Israel””

Michael D. Coogan: Some Books Went Through Multiple Editions

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (Oxford University Press, 2014), 10-11. Although some ancient and most modern authors have produced single works that remain essentially unchanged, that was not the case with many books… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: Some Books Went Through Multiple Editions”

Michael D. Coogan: Canon Criteria

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (Oxford University Press, 2014), 5. Several overlapping criteria were used in including a work in the canon. One criterion was date: For a book to be included, it… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: Canon Criteria”