Cracking Old Testament Codes
A Guide to Interpreting the Literary Genres of the Old Testament
D. Brent Sandy, Ronald L. Giese

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Sivuja: 323

Kustantaja: B&H Publishing Group, 1995

ISBN-10: 0805410937

ISBN-13: 9780805410938

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You make a distinction between genres every time you read a newspaper. A single sentence or phrase may take on vastly different meanings, depending on whether you find it printed in an ad, a news report, an editorial commentary or a comic strip.

In Cracking Old Testament Codes, a team of scholars provides insight into the literary genres of the Old Testament and how to use them to improve your understanding of biblical texts. Consider this example from scripture:

"He reached down on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters." Could this be Jonah's account of his deliverance from the sea? Or, is it Peter's description of his rescue by Jesus when he tried to walk on water?

If you know that this verse comes from 2 Samuel 22, you may recognize it as part of a psalm by David. By knowing the genre of the text – poetry – you understand that David is not describing real drowning but is using a striking illustration to communicate profound graditude for God's protection in time of deep crisis.

Today's serious students of biblical interpretation need to understand the literary genres of the Bible – just as future archeologists will need to understand the difference between advertising and news reports in the newspapers they find in 20th century civilizations.


D. Brent Sandy on antiikintutkimuksen tohtori ja toimii raamatuntutkimuksen professorina (Grace Theological Seminary, USA).

Ronald L. Giese on seemiläistutkimuksen tohtori ja työskentelee apulaisprofessorina (Chafer Theological Seminary, USA).

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