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The definitions for these terms are found in a six page glossary at the end of the book.
He also discusses the apocryphal and deuterocanonical books in a nine page appendix at the end.
Michael Coogan is Lecturer in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Harvard Divinity School and Director of Publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum.
He has also taught at Stonehill College, Boston College, Wellesley College, Fordham University, and the University of Waterloo (Ontario), and has participated in and directed archaeological excavations in Israel, Jordan, Cyprus, and Egypt.
At that point he introduces form criticism, tradition history, and redaction criticism.
He gives an adequate explanation of form criticism, but unfortunately does not explain tradition history or redaction criticism. He covers the issues surrounding the revealing of the name of Yahweh and the exodus miracles, giving typical historical-critical explanations for them.
In Part Five, chapters 2021, the exile and return are treated.
In this section Coogan focuses on the origins of Israel.
While Coogan is clearly committed to using source analysis, he is honest in admitting that source criticism alone cannot account for the meaning of all the material.
I found Coogan’s accessible and insightful explanations for traditional source theory and ANE parallels to the biblical stories to be the most valuable part of this section.
Part Three of the text consists of chapters 512.