Take and read

This is a collection of Barton’s shrewd, discerning essays on such matters as “natural law” and prophetic ethics. Barton is a foremost expositor of the ethical dimension of the OT.

Bennett offers a close historical-critical reading of texts that are pivotal for an ethics of economics in the Old Testament. On the basis of such careful criticism, the book suggests rich interpretive work to be done to illuminate these enduring concerns for communities rooted in the Bible.

Dever, a top historian, is capable of shrewd interpretation and irascible rhetoric. This book is a fine introduction to the current heated debates about the history of Old Testament Israel.


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