A Survey of the Old Testament / Edition 3

A Survey of the Old Testament / Edition 3

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by Andrew E. Hill, John H. Walton
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0310280958

ISBN-13: 9780310280958

Pub. Date: 03/01/2009

Publisher: Zondervan

The purpose of studying the Old Testament is to understand God and his redemptive work more fully. However, this goal is complicated by the fact that it was transmitted through a very different language and culture from our own. A Survey of the Old Testament provides an indispensable guide for undergraduate students and other readers by exploring the literary,

Overview

The purpose of studying the Old Testament is to understand God and his redemptive work more fully. However, this goal is complicated by the fact that it was transmitted through a very different language and culture from our own. A Survey of the Old Testament provides an indispensable guide for undergraduate students and other readers by exploring the literary, historical, and theological issues behind the Old Testament and its various books.

For each Old Testament book, the Survey addresses background information, purpose, message, structure, and major themes. Chapters introducing each major section of the Old Testament are included, as are chapters dealing with issues of interpretation, geography, archaeology, history, formation of the Old Testament canon, and the Old Testament’s relationship to the New Testament. The text is enhanced throughout by maps, photos, timelines, and charts. This full-color third edition of a widely acclaimed textbook has been expanded and redesigned in both text and graphical elements, making it even more beneficial.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310280958
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Edition description:
New
Pages:
800
Sales rank:
113,969
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.20(h) x 2.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Maps9
Photographs10
Abbreviations11
Preface13
Acknowledgments16
Using This Book18
Approaching the Old Testament19
Geography of the Old Testament27
Part IThe Pentateuch
1.Introduction to the Pentateuch47
2.Genesis63
3.Exodus81
4.Leviticus100
5.Numbers114
6.Deuteronomy131
Historical Overview of Old Testament Times145
Part IIThe Historical Books
7.Introduction to the Historical Books169
8.Joshua177
9.Judges192
10.Ruth204
11.1-2 Samuel209
12.1-2 Kings227
13.1-2 Chronicles250
14.Ezra-Nehemiah267
15.Esther281
Archaeology and the Old Testament289
Part IIIThe Poetic Books
16.Hebrew Poetic and Wisdom Literature307
17.Job327
18.Psalms341
19.Proverbs356
20.Ecclesiastes365
21.Song of Songs373
Formation of the Old Testament Scriptures383
Part IVThe Prophets
22.Introduction to Prophetic Literature403
23.Isaiah415
24.Jeremiah425
25.Lamentations433
26.Ezekiel440
27.Daniel452
28.Hosea462
29.Joel473
30.Amos479
31.Obadiah488
32.Jonah495
33.Micah503
34.Nahum509
35.Habakkuk514
36.Zephaniah521
37.Haggai526
38.Zechariah533
39.Malachi543
Part VEpilogue
40.Toward the New Testament555
41.What We Have Learned562
Appendix ACritical Methodologies571
Appendix BThe Composition of the Pentateuch576
Timeline of Biblical History586
Glossary588
Index593

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A Survey of the Old Testament 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Bret_James_Stewart More than 1 year ago
This book provides a nice introduction to the books of the Old Testament in an accessible way. To begin with, the cover art is attractive. In fact, the book abounds with colour pictures and charts that really help the beginner or even the mid-level student/reader to understand the historical and cultural elements of the O.T. The pictures at the beginning of the chapters, in particular, really bring the book in question to life with a photo of something pertinent to that book. This is a survey text, so it does not go super in-depth about the individual books of the Bible, but it does provide a nice overview. It addresses things you might expect, such as canonicity, genre, authorship, and the other basic information about the texts. The authors have no problem admitting something is unknown or they view it as unknown due to the evidence. There is a glossary and an index, which is helpful. A summary and segue to Christological aspects of the New Testament is present as are two appendices, one about the critical methodologies and one regarding the composition of the Pentateuch. The book is divided into parts corresponding with the layout of the Bible, which makes it easy for the reader to follow along. There is an introduction, a section on the Pentateuch, a section on the historical books, a section on the poetic books, a section on the prophets (not subdivided into major and minor as many books do), and an epilogue. In addition, there are some chapters devoted to special issues that pertain to the various parts such as archaeology. They combine I and II Samuel, Chronicles, and Kings as is pretty typical, but they also combine Ezra and Nehemiah, which is less standard—by “combine,” I mean they treat them in the same chapter. Overall, I like this book. I especially like the artwork as it brings sometimes dry material to life. I deduct one star for the author’s misconception that the Roman Catholic Church represents a “branch” of Christianity rather than a separate religion (as can be demonstrated). I suspect this fault lies in the book being written in a non-confrontational, “let’s appeal to the masses” sort of way. Still, the book has some interesting non-typical ideas; I was particularly enlightened regarding the Book of Jonah with the prophet being a typological figure for Nineveh. I think any non-biblical-specialist would find this text helpful.
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Tino5569 More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book with stunning photography of ancient sites and archeaological finds. I found it very informative and concise. The intro at each chapter has a handy PURPOSE for the given book of the Bible being discussed.
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This is an excellent book. Very informative.