An Historical Survey of the Old Testament / Edition 2

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Assured of the accuracy of the Old Testament, Merrill approaches it as God's revelation to the world through Israel, his chosen people. This historical structure provides the basic framework for his text, enriched by:

- Insights from the history of the Middle East
- Geographic backgrounds
- Archaeological perspectives
- Cultural, religious, and social points of view

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801062834
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 763,903
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Eugene H. Merrill (PhD, Bob Jones University; PhD, Columbia University) is distinguished professor of Old Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, where he has taught since 1975. He is also distinguished professor of Old Testament interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Merrill is the author of a number of books, including A Historical Survey of the Old Testament, Everlasting Dominion: A Theology of the Old Testament, and a commentary on Deuteronomy.
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  • Posted January 8, 2012

    Great survey, but could use more discussion on certain issues.

    Overall this was a good survey of the OT, but Merrill could have discussed opposing views some more. The two main areas that I think he could have discussed more are on creation and the date of the Exodus.

    Merrill takes the creation week as literal 24-hour days, which is fine, but he could have at least discussed other views on creation more than he did. He briefly mentions them and then moves into what he believes without really discussing the other views that much. In case you're curious I read Genesis 1 as hymn praising God for his creative work in creation.

    Merrill dates the Exodus to c.1446 B.C. and does devote considerable space to making this case and why it is necessary. Still it would have been nice to have seen the case for the c.1300 - 1200 B.C. date laid out clearly even if he doesn't agree with it.

    I'm only taking off 1 star for these disagreements though because I'm not sure what Merrill's purpose was for this book. Discussing the various points of view on certain issues might not have been a priority for him and so I will not fault him too much for that.

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