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The World and the Word is a fresh introduction to the Old Testament driven largely by the fact that so much Christian preaching and teaching today increasingly ignores what is eighty percent of the Bible. Authors Eugene Merrill, Mark Rooker, and Michael Grisanti work through the world and text of the Old Testament always making three major points: 

• The Old Testament is a rich source of theology and doctrine that is presupposed by the New Testament. Without it, Christian theology would be seriously deficient. 

• Mastery of the Old Testament is crucial to an understanding of the New Testament. 

• The Old Testament offers, by teaching and example, practical principles of belief and behavior for contemporary times. Who God was and what He did then can be replicated in the lives of men and women today. 

Separating the verifiable biblical and extra-biblical data from the various interpretations of that same information, the book further shows how the Old Testament forms the platform and matrix from which sprang the life, ministry, and teachings of Jesus and the church. The World and the Word will help students see an entry point into the very heart and design of God who loves them and wishes to make them the special object of His grace.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805440317
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/15/2011
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 399,553
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Eugene H. Merrill is distinguished professor of Old Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and distinguished professor of Old Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Mark F. Rooker
is professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. 

Michael A. Grisanti is professor of Old Testament at The Master's Seminary in Sun Valley, California.

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations ix

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xv

The Old Testament Time Line xvi

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Part 1 The World Of The Old Testament 13

Chapter 2 The Historical Setting of the Old Testament 17

Chapter 3 The Cultural World of the Old Testament 41

Chapter 4 Ancient Near Eastern Literature and the Old Testament 53

Part 2 The Text Of The Old Testament 73

Chaptet 5 The Composition of the Old Testament 79

Chaptet 6 The Canonicity of the Old Testament 93

Chapter 7 The Transmission and Textual Criticism of the Old Testament 108

Part 3 Approaches To The Study Of The Old Testament 123

Chapter 8 The Development of the Historical Critical Method 129

Chapter 9 The Present State of Old Testament Scholarship 149

Part 4 The Pentateuch 163

Chapter 10 The Book of Genesis 170

Chapter 11 The Book of Exodus 190

Chapter 12 The Book of Leviticus 217

Chapter 13 The Book of Numbers 232

Chaptet 14 The Book of Deuteronomy 251

Part 5 The Historical Books 271

Chapter 15 The Book of Joshua 276

Chaptet 16 The Book of Judges 288

Chapter 17 The Book of Ruth 300

Chapter 18 The Books of 1 and 2 Samuel 307

Chapter 19 The Books of 1 and 2 Kings 319

Chapter 20 The Books of 1 and 2 Chronicles 330

Chapter 21 The Book of Ezra-Nehemiah 343

Chapter 22 The Book of Esther 354

Part 6 The Prophetic Books 361

Chapter 23 The Book of Isaiah 367

Chapter 24 The Book of Jeremiah 380

Chapter 25 The Book of Ezekiel 394

Chapter 26 The Book of Daniel 405

Chapter 27 The Book of Hosea 414

Chapter 28 The Book of Joel 423

Chapter 29 The Book of Amos 430

Chapter 30 The Book of Obadiah 439

Chapter 31 The Book of Jonah 445

Chapter 32 The Book of Micah 453

Chapter 33 The Book of Nahum 459

Chapter 34 The Book of Habakkuk 465

Chapter 35 The Book of Zephaniah 472

Chapter 36 The Book of Haggai 478

Chapter 37 The Book of Zechariah 483

Chapter 38 The Book of Malachi 490

Part 7 The Poetic Books 495

Chapter 39 The Book of Job 500

Chapter 40 The Book of Psalms 512

Chapter 41 The Book of Proverbs 527

Chapter 42 The Book of Ecclesiastes 539

Chapter 43 The Book of the Song of Songs 547

Chapter 44 The Book of Lamentations 555

Epilogue 561

Name Index 563

Subject Index 573

Scripture Index 583

Appendix: Maps 607

Map 1 Egypt: Land of Bondage

Map 2 The Tribal Allotments of Israel

Map 3 The Neo-Assyrian Empire

Map 4 The Kingdom of David and Solomon (United Kingdom)

Map 5 The Kingdoms of Israel and Judah (Divided Kingdom)

Map 6 The Rise of the Neo-Babylonian Empire

Map 7 The Persian Empire

Map 8 Judah During the Exile

Map 9 Ancient Near East from 1200-1000 BC

Map 10 Cross Sectional Views of Longtitudinal Zones

Map 11 The Route of the Exodus

Map 12 Northern Coastal Plains Jezreel Valley, Galilee, Bashan

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