Called To Be God's People, Abridged Edition: An Introduction to the Old Testament

Called To Be God's People, Abridged Edition: An Introduction to the Old Testament

by Andrew Steinmann

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Overview

Called to Be God's People is an introduction to the Old Testament designed for those who wish to have a comprehensive guide to the contents, theology, and important passages of the Old Testament. Written from a Lutheran perspective, this book is especially designed for those within that tradition and others who seek a guide to the canonical books of the Old Testament that consciously presents the Scriptures' message of Law and Gospel as well as the traditional Christian messianic understanding of Moses and the Prophets that points to Jesus as the fulfillment of God's promises to Israel.

This book is an ideal condensed handbook for university students and other Christian adults who seek to expand their knowledge of the background, content, and message of the Old Testament and its importance for Christian faith and life. It introduces important background information on each book of the Old Testament along with a general discussion of contents and theology. Included are illustrations, maps, tables, charts and sidebars. A concluding chapter on the centuries between the Old and New Testaments overlaps with a similar treatment contained in the New Testament volume in this series, Called by the Gospel, allowing for a smooth transition to the study of the rest of the Christian Scriptures.


Andrew E. Steinmann is Distinguished Professor of Theology and Hebrew at Concordia University, Chicago. He is the author of several books, including The Oracles of God: The Old Testament Canon; Is God Listening?: Making Prayer a Part of Your Life; Fundamental Biblical Aramaic; Intermediate Hebrew Grammar and forthcoming commentaries on Proverbs and Daniel in the Concordia Commentary Series.

Michael Eschelbach is Professor of Theology at Concordia University, Irvine, California. He is the author of Has Joab Foiled David? A Literary Study of the Importance of Joab's Character in Relation to David.

Curtis Giese Giese is Professor of Theology at Concordia University, Austin, Texas. He is author of the commentary on Jude in the Concordia Commentary Series.

Paul Puffe is Professor of Theology and Hebrew at Concordia University, Austin, Texas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498229081
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 06/01/2015
Pages: 402
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Andrew E. Steinmann is Distinguished Professor of Theology and Hebrew at Concordia University, Chicago. He is the author of several books, including The Oracles of God: The Old Testament Canon; Is God Listening?: Making Prayer a Part of Your Life; Fundamental Biblical Aramaic; Intermediate Hebrew Grammar and forthcoming commentaries on Proverbs and Daniel in the Concordia Commentary Series.

Michael Eschelbach is Professor of Theology at Concordia University, Irvine, California. He is the author of Has Joab Foiled David? A Literary Study of the Importance of Joab's Character in Relation to David.

Curtis Giese Giese is Professor of Theology at Concordia University, Austin, Texas. He is author of the commentary on Jude in the Concordia Commentary Series.

Paul Puffe is Professor of Theology and Hebrew at Concordia University, Austin, Texas.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Abbreviations for Books of the Bible ix

Section 1 Introduction

1 Reading and Understanding the Bible 1

2 Introducing the Old Testament 13

Section 2 The Pentateuch

3 Introduction to the Pentateuch 47

4 Genesis 57

5 Exodus 71

6 Leviticus 87

7 Numbers 99

8 Deuteronomy 109

Section 3 The Historical Books

9 Introduction to the Historical Books 123

10 Joshua 131

11 The Period of the Judges: Judges and Ruth 137

12 Samuel 149

13 Kings 155

14 Chronicles 163

15 Life Under Persian Rule: Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther 175

Section 4 Poetry and Wisdom

16 Introduction to Hebrew Poetry and Biblical Wisdom 199

17 Job 211

18 Psalms 219

19 Proverbs 227

20 Ecclesiastes 239

21 Song of Songs 247

Section 5 The Prophets

22 Introduction to the Prophets 255

23 Two Hard-to-Date Prophecies: Obadiah and Joel 265

24 Prophecy to Israel in the Eighth Century: Jonah, Amos and Hosea 271

25 Prophecy to Judah in the Eighth Century: Micah and Isaiah 283

26 Prophecy to Judah in the Seventh Century: Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah 303

27 Prophecy of the Fall of Judah and the Exile: Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel and Daniel 315

28 Prophecy After on Exile: Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi 357

Section 6 Beyond the Old Testament

29 Between the Testaments 371

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