Did the Old Testament make use of the religious ideas of the neighbours of Israel in the ancient Near East? Currid wants to demonstrate that numerous stories from the Old Testament reflect motifs and plots from Israel’s neighbours. In Chapter 6 he considers the possibility that one of these plots about a birth story is borrowed in Exodus 2:1-10.
Chapter 1 reads Genesis from a biblical-theological perspective demonstrating what it means to read the Bible to ascertain the main themes and theology of each book while also demonstrating that the Old Testament has a covenantal framework, a kingdom perspective, and Christ at its centre. The author notes the literary structure of Genesis and the importance of the covenants, and conducts a literary analysis to determine the leading theme or motif of Genesis.
This is the first chapter of a commentary on Deuteronomy. Here the author provides an exegesis of Deuteronomy 1:1 - Deuteronomy 2:7. The author also discusses the book of Deuteronomy as an Ancient Near-Eastern vassal treaty, the structure of law in Deuteronomy, and the concept of law in the Ancient Near East.