In Covenant Documents: Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, Wayne Brouwer helps us peek behind the familiar pages and find historical, literary and contextual information that bring new vibrancy to old words. Beginning with the premise that the internal testimony of the Bible’s earliest chapters assumes a formative event between Israel and its God, Brouwer shows how the various writings fit patterns of ancient covenant documents. Launching from this fascinating history, he provides background information, literary structure and style, and cultural dynamics that enliven the reading and rereading of the most famous book in the world.
Part introduction, part overview, part handbook, Covenant Documents serves as a great textbook for introductory courses in biblical literature and Christian doctrine. It also functions as a sourcebook for pastors and teachers, and even a guide for Bible study groups.