Suggesting new ways to read Old Testament narrative and giving reasons why we should, Esler, with the aid of Mediterranean anthropology, sets out an approach that helps us to interpret a selection of narratives with a cultural understanding close to that of an ancient Israelite. Interpreted in this way, these narratives allow us to refresh the memory that links us with pivotal stories in Jewish and Christian identities and how they foster our capacity for intercultural understanding.
Philip F. Esler is Principal and Professor of Biblical Interpretation at St Mary's University College, Twickenham, London. He is the author of Conflict and Identity in Romans (2003), and New Testament Theology (2005), and the editor of Ancient Israel (2006).
Preface Acknowledgments 1. Reading Old Testament Narrative 2. The Original Context of Old Testament Narrative Part 1: Wives Overview 3. Judah and Tamar (Genesis 38) 4. Hannah, Penninah and Elkanah (1 Samuel 1- 2) Part 2: Warriors Overview 5. The Madness of Saul, a Warrior-King (1 Samuel 8-31) 6. David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17:1-18:5) 7. David, Banditry and Kingship (1 Samuel 19:1-2 Samuel 5:5) 8. By the Hand of a Woman: Judith the Female Warrior Part 3: Sex Overview 9. David, Bathsheba and the Ammonite War (2 Samuel 10-12) 10. Dishonor Avenged: Amnon, Tamar and Absalom (2 Samuel 13) Epilogue Bibliography Author Index Scripture Index