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The Pentateuch: An Introduction to the First Five Books of the Bible (Anchor Bible Reference)

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A world-famous biblical scholar presents the only one-volume, comprehensive, and up-to-date analysis of the origin and meaning of the Pentateuch, and the extraordinary scholarship it has inspired.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by Anchor Bible
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This book on the Pentateuch is almost entirely concerned with the world behind the text. Technical and dry--but worth the read for those interested in scholarly concerns about how the Pentateuch was put together.
You definitely need to be prepared for a thorough outline of biblical history when picking up this book. I found it difficult to invest 100% while reading, but that might be a result of the multiple other books I'm required to read for class. Very informative and certainly useful but a tad dry in my opinion.
This book is probably the least fascinating of the ones I read for Old Testament this semester. I like the insight into the structure a lot, and that part seems useful and important for future study.
Matthew Henry
A book that works very hard at everything but treating the Pentateuch as what it is. The one thing you walk away with is that the author does not accept the historicity of the books.
Very technical read, especially the first chapter which condenses two centuries of the history of biblical scholarship into 40-50 pages. After that it gets better.
The Pentateuch: An Introduction to the First Five Books of the Bible (Anchor Bible Reference Library) by Joseph Blenkinsopp (1992)
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