Alexander Rofé, Introduction to the Literature of the Hebrew Bible, Jerusalem Biblical Studies vol. 9, Simor, Jerusalem 2009, 680 pp. hardcover
This introduction to the Literature of the Hebrew Bible by a leading Israeli scholar combines the insight of modern scholarship with an appreciation of the concerns of traditional biblical study.
In five major sections the author discusses the historical books, the Pentateuch, the prophets, the psalms, and the wisdom writings. Technical jargon is largely avoided: one of the main strengths of the volume is its use of worked examples showing how the author has reached his conclusions about the meaning and the literary-historical development of the texts that he discusses. The extensive indexes provide full referencing for texts and authors mentioned in the volume.
This introduction will prove an excellent textbook for students of the Hebrew Bible who are moving on from the beginning stages of their study. Since the volume also reflects the originality of the author’s approach to a number of issues and texts, it will also serve as a valuable resource for the scholarly community more widely.