Old Testament Today: A Journey from Original Meaning to Contemporary Significance

Old Testament Today: A Journey from Original Meaning to Contemporary Significance

by John H. Walton, Andrew E. Hill

This full-color textbook shows college students how the Old Testament uniquely reveals the God of the universe.See more details below


This full-color textbook shows college students how the Old Testament uniquely reveals the God of the universe.

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Meet the Author

John H. Walton (Ph D, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament; Ancient Israelite Literature in Its Cultural Context; Covenant: God’s Purpose, God’s Plan; The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament; and A Survey of the Old Testament.

Andrew E. Hill (Ph D, University of Michigan) is professor of Old Testament studies at Wheaton College in Illinois. He is the coauthor with John Walton of A Survey of the Old Testament and the author of Malachi in the Anchor Bible commentary series. His articles have appeared in such scholarly publications as Hebrew Annual Review, Journal of Biblical Literature, and Vetus Testamentum.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Tables ix
The Design and Use of the Book xi
Acknowledgments xix
Abbreviations xx
About the Old Testament 2
The Big Story Line/Plotline 3
Reorientation 6
Expectations and Procedures 8
Writing and Books 19
Original Meaning
Old Testament Story Line 28
History Story Line 41
Literary Perspective 51
Bridging Contexts
Plotline of the Pentateuch 67
Purpose of Each Book 70
Dealing with Story 83
Theological Perspectives 86
Contrast: Religious Belief in the Ancient World 102
Contemporary Significance
Scenario: Evolution and the Bible 108
Recapitulation 110
The Fall Today 114
Significance of the Faith of Abraham 115
Old Covenant/New Covenant 117
What Are All of These Laws Doing in My Bible If the Law Is Obsolete? 117
Scenario: Law 118
Recapitulation 120
What Does Sacred Space Mean to Me? 121
A Sense of the Holy 124
Original Meaning
Old Testament Story Line 136
World History Story Line 155
Literary Perspective 173
Bridging Contexts
Plotline of the Historical Literature 180
Purpose of Each Book 189
Understanding Historical Literature 196
Pedestals and Role Models 200
Theological Perspectives 205
Contemporary Significance
History Seems Boring and Irrelevant to Me—Help! 213
Scenario: Using Historical Literature Today 216
Recapitulation 217
How Can We View History Biblically? 220
How Should We View the Bible Historically? 224
Original Meaning
Story Line of the Prophets in Their Times 232
Literary Perspective 237
Bridging Contexts
Purpose of Prophetic Books 244
Prediction, Prophets, and God 250
Fulfillment and Revelation 252
Theological Perspectives 254
Contemporary Significance
Scenario: Read Today’s Headlines in the Bible 264
Thinking about Prophecy 265
Indictment Today 267
Judgment Today 274
Instruction Today 275
Aftermath Today 276
Recapitulation 283
Original Meaning
What Is Wisdom? 283
Retribution Principle 292
Story Line: Job 293
Literary Perspective 295
Bridging Contexts
Proverbs and Truth 301
Purpose Book by Book 305
Theological Perspectives 316
Contemporary Significance
Scenario: Retribution Principle Today 321
Recapitulation 322
When Life Goes Wrong 322
Seeking Fulfillment in Life 327
Proverbs and the Family 331
The Power of Sex 335
Original Meaning
Summary of Content 343
Literary Perspective 346
Bridging Contexts
Purpose: Kingship in Psalms 355
Psalms as Revelation 361
Theological Perspectives 362
Contemporary Significance
Contemporary Worship and the Psalms 371
What Do We Expect from God and What Does He Expect from Us? 372
Scenario: Trusting God When He Doesn’t Seem to Hear 373
Recapitulation 374
Devotional Use of Psalms 377
Plotline of the Old Testament Continued to the New Testament 382
How Do the Old and New Testaments Relate? 384
Were Israelites “Saved”? 388
Interpreting the Old Testament in Light of the New and the
New in Light of the Old 389
What Have We Learned? 392
Overall Theme 394
What to Do with It 394
You Will Know That I Am Yahweh 396
Appendix: Reading through the Old Testament 398
Glossary 401
Index 405

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