Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey / Edition 2

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Overview

Encountering the Old Testament is a unique survey of the Old Testament that is as engaging and user-friendly as it is informative. In addition to first-rate scholarship, this resource boasts full-color photographs and numerous educational features, including an interactive CD-ROM. The second edition of this leading Old Testament survey text has been updated throughout with revisions to the text, sidebars, bibliographies, notes, and indexes. The accompanying CD-ROM has been radically revised as well and includes links to study aids, videos, and photos.

Praise for the First Edition

"Arnold and Beyer have produced an exciting new survey of the Old Testament with the college student specifically in mind. They have masterfully designed their work with text and graphics in a way that will not only grip the student's attention but will guide students through the material with their expert touch. I enthusiastically recommend this volume to you."--Tremper Longman III, Westmont College

"Teachers and students will find the book useful for its purpose. . . . [This volume] should be in Bible colleges and seminary libraries. Pastors and interested laypeople will also benefit from [it]."--David W. Baker, Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin

"This volume presents the best and most complete college-level survey of the Old Testament presently available. It incorporates contemporary media and formats, not only in terms of its CD-ROM, but also with the splendid use of color illustrations, photos, charts, maps, and inserts throughout the book."--Richard S. Hess, Denver Seminary Journal Online

"For college students who are encountering the Old Testament for the first time, this attractively produced textbook offers a clear and helpful orientation to the world and literature of the Old Testament. A refreshing improvement over the standard textbook fare!"--Richard Schultz, Wheaton College

"Written from an Evangelical point of view, the critical scholarship that undergirds this work can certainly serve the needs and interests of a much broader audience. . . . This volume can be read by those who are looking for a sound yet introductory treatment of the biblical material."--Dianne Bergant, CSA, The Bible Today

"I think many beginning college students in this computer age would be more likely to read (and learn!) from this book than from many standard, dull, and boring monochrome texts."--Joel F. Drinkard, Review & Expositor

"The authors are commended for providing their readers with a lucid survey of the Old Testament. The illustrations, sidebars, glossary, and study questions open up the relevance of the biblical text both in its ancient context and in our modern situation. A very useful volume."--Willem A. VanGemeren, Trinity International University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801031700
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Series: Encountering Biblical Studies
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 47,442
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill T. Arnold (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Encountering the Book of Genesis, Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books, A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax, and a commentary on 1 and 2 Samuel. Bryan E. Beyer (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Columbia International University Seminary and School of Missions. He is the author of Encountering the Book of Isaiah and coeditor (with Bill Arnold) of Readings from the Ancient Near East.
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Table of Contents

To the Professor
To the Student
1. What Is the Old Testament and Why Study It?
2. Where and When Did the Events of the Old Testament Take Place?
Part 1: Encountering the Pentateuch
3. Introduction to the Pentateuch: The Birth of God's People
4. Genesis 1-11: The Prelude to Israel
5. Genesis 12-50: The Patriarchs: Ancestors of Israel's Faith
6. Exodus: A Miraculous Escape
7. Leviticus: Instructions for Holy Living
8. Numbers: Failure in the Desert
9. Deuteronomy: Restoring the Covenant
Part 2: Encountering the Historical Books
10. Introduction to the Historical Books: The History of Israel's Nationhood
11. Joshua: Conquest and Division
12. Judges and Ruth: Israel's Moral Crisis
13. 1 Samuel: God Grants a King
14. 2 Samuel: David's Reign
15. 1 Kings: The Glory of Solomon and the Beginning of the End
16. 2 Kings: The End of National Israel
17. 1 & 2 Chronicles: A Look Back
18. Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther: A Time to Rebuild
Part 3: Encountering the Poetical Books
19. Introduction to the Poetical Books: The Literature of God's People
20. Job: One Man's Search for Justice
21. Psalms: The Songbook of Ancient Israel
22. Proverbs: Advice on Living in God's World
23. Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs: Israelite Faith in Everyday Life
Part 4: Encountering the Prophets
24. Introduction to the Prophets: Voices of God's Servants
25. Isaiah 1-39: Prophet of Judah's Royal Court
26. Isaiah 40-66: Great Days Are Coming!
27. Jeremiah 1-20: Struggling with God's Call
28. Jeremiah 21-52 and Lamentations: Dealing with Disaster
29. Ezekiel 1-24: Rough Days Are Coming!
30. Ezekiel 25-48: God's Planning an Exciting Future!
31. Daniel: The Kingdom of God--Now and Forever
32. Hosea, Joel, and Amos: A Call for Repentance and a Promise for Blessing
33. Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah: God's Plan for the Nations
34. Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi: Rebuilding a People
Epilogue
Glossary
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