The Old Testament

James Barr

in A Century of Theological and Religious Studies in Britain, 1902-2002

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780197263051
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734090 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

The Old Testament

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This chapter discusses and presents a survey of the Old Testament, beginning with the Hebrew text of the Old Testament and its ancient versions. It examines the rise of traditional biblical criticism and considers a study of the Hebrew language and its cognate Semitic languages. Finally, a survey of various topics and their historical perspectives is provided, along with some recent developments. The main focus of the chapter is to describe the dominant position of the mid-twentieth century.

Keywords: Old Testament; survey; Hebrew text; traditional biblical criticism; Hebrew language; cognate Semitic languages

Chapter.  9928 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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