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The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament
     

The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament

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by John H. Walton, Victor H. Matthews, Mark W. Chavalas
 

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ISBN-10: 0830814191

ISBN-13: 9780830814190

Pub. Date: 11/08/2000

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

Preaching's Preacher's Guide to the Best Bible Reference for 2014 (General Reference)

How can we account for the "Book of the Law" suddenly being discovered during Josiah's renovation of the temple (2 Chron 34:14)? We know from Egypt and Mesopotamia that it was common to seal important documents—including theological documents—in the masonry or

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Preaching's Preacher's Guide to the Best Bible Reference for 2014 (General Reference)

How can we account for the "Book of the Law" suddenly being discovered during Josiah's renovation of the temple (2 Chron 34:14)? We know from Egypt and Mesopotamia that it was common to seal important documents—including theological documents—in the masonry or foundations of a palace or temple in order to inform a future king who might undertake restoration of the building.

What might the psalmist have had in mind when praising God for removing our transgressions "as far as the east is from the west" (Ps 103:12)? In an Egyptian hymn to Amun-Re, the deity is praised for his judgment of the guilty. As a result of the god's discernment the guilty are assigned to the east and the righteous to the west.

What is meant by God "weighing the heart" (Prov 21:2)? In Egyptian religious tradition we find the notion of the dead being judged before the gods. As the soul is examined, the dead person's heart is weighed in a scale against a feather symbolizing Truth. If the answers are correct and the heart does not outweigh the feather, the soul may enter the realm of everlasting life.

The narratives, genealogies, laws, poetry, proverbs and prophecies of the Old Testament are deeply rooted in history. Archaeologists, historians and social scientists have greatly advanced our knowledge of the ancient world of the Bible. When we illuminate the stories of Abraham or David, the imagery of the Psalms or Proverbs, or the prophecies of Isaiah or Jeremiah with this backlight of culture and history, these texts spring to new life.

The unique commentary joins The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament in providing historical, social and cultural background for each passage of the Old Testament. From Genesis through Malachi, this single volume gathers and condenses an abundance of specialized knowledge—making it available and accessible to ordinary readers of the Old Testament. Expert scholars John Walton, Victor Matthews and Mark Chavalas have included along with the fruits of their research and collaboration a glossary of historical terms, ancient peoples, texts and inscriptionsmaps and charts of important historical resourcesexpanded explanations of significant background issuesintroductory essays on each book of the Old TestamentThe IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament will enrich your experience of the Old Testament—and your teaching and preaching from Scripture—in a way that no other commentary can do.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780830814190
Publisher:
InterVarsity Press
Publication date:
11/08/2000
Series:
IVP Bible Background Commentary
Pages:
832
Sales rank:
374,000
Product dimensions:
9.28(w) x 6.28(h) x 2.13(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Other ResourcesPentateuch: Introduction
Genesis
Ancient Near Eastern Mythology and the Old Testament
Ancient Near Eastern Flood Accounts
The Religion of Abraham
Major Trade Routes in the Ancient Near East
Exodus
The Date of the Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy
The Covenant and Ancient Near Eastern TreatiesHistorical Literature: Introduction
Joshua
Egyptian Information About Canaan and Israel
Judges
The Political Climate in the Early Iron Age
Ruth
1 Samuel
2 Samuel
1 Kings
2 Kings
The Western Campaigns of Tiglath-Pileser III, 734-732
1 Chronicles
Significance of Genealogies to Postexilic Audience
2 Chronicles
Sennacherib's Inscriptions
Lachish
Ezra
Nehemiah
Esther
HerodotusWisdom and Poetic Literature: Introduction
Job
Retribution Principle
Psalms
Common Concepts
Common Metaphors for God
Musical Terms
Proverbs
Proverbs Echoed in Ancient Near East
How Proverbs Were Used
Proverbs As Generalized Truth
Ecclesiastes
Song of Songs
Sexual MetaphorProphetic Literature: Introduction
Isaiah
Afterlife Beliefs in Israel and the Ancient Near East
Jeremiah
Seals and Bullae
Lamentations
Laments over Fallen Cities in the Ancient World
Ezekiel
Daniel
Akkadian Apocalypses
Hosea
Joel
Day of Yahweh
Amos
Economic Changes and Social Classes in Eighth-Century Israel
Obadiah
Jonah
Micah
Nahum
Habakkuk
Zephaniah
Haggai
Zechariah
Apocalyptic Literature
Summary of the Temple-Building Connections to Zechariah's Visions
Malachi
Glossary
Charts and Maps
Topical Index

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The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To say that this book is an excellent resource would be like calling the Great Wall of China big speed bump. This backround commentary on the O.T. is a MUST for all who desire to understand the historical/cultural context that the O.T. was written about. Having spent time under Dr. Walton's tutilage, I can assure all prospective buyers that this book is a steal at any cost, as it is as thorough as it is accurate, addressing most every issue in the O.T. text, from the intricacies of O.T. prophecy to how there could be lions & bears in the Judean wilderness. Folks, this book is the complete package.
2man More than 1 year ago
if you want to know what was going on with the people involved in the text this is almost a must. very comprehensive. print just a tad small for us older folk.
TedMorgan More than 1 year ago
Spend your money on something better.