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From Paradise to the Promised Land:
An Introduction to the Main Themes of the Pentateuch

T. Desmond Alexander (Paternoster, 2002)

Blurb Review by Dr. Jamie Grant


Dr Alexander has here given us an extremely useful and readable guide to handling the Pentateuch with an eye to biblical theology. The preface to this book, where he lays out his aims, is a really excellent brief explanation of why he handles the Pentateuch the way he does and why he rejects certain critical approaches. The blurb on the back states that the book has two main virtues: "One is the comprehensiveness of the way it seeks to enable us to grasp the Pentateuch. The story-line of the narrative, the nature of the Tabernacle, the meaning of the laws - all are covered. The other is the way Dr Alexander shows us how different themes hold together - themes such as the sanctuary, kingship, and the land. Both these features open up possibilities in grasping the Pentateuch as a whole." Each chapter has a section on NT connections with the subject matter. This second edition contains a new section on Pentateuchal Criticism. Highly recommended.


Part 1: Pentateuchal Criticism
1. Introduction to Pentateuchal Criticism
2. The Rise of the Documentary Hypothesis
3. Going Behind the Documents
4. The Documentary Hypothesis Under Threat
5. The Sinai Narrative: A Test Case
6. The Future of Pentateuchal Studies

Part 2: The Main Themes of the Pentateuch
7. An Overview of the Pentateuch
8. The Royal Lineage in Genesis
9. The Blessing of the Nations
10. Paradise Lost
11. By Faith Abraham ...
12. Who is the LORD?
13. The Passover
14. The Covenant at Sinai
15. The Tabernacle
16. Be Holy
17. The Sacrificial System
18. The Clean and the Unclean Foods
19. Towards the Promised Land
20. Murmurings
21. Love and Loyalty
22. Why Israel?
Recommended Further Reading

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