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A Survey of the Old Testament

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This innovative textbook at long last provides an Old Testament survey for undergraduate students that goes beyond basic content. The book attempts to balance the literary, historical, and theological issues pertaining to each individual book and to the Old Testament as a whole. The main portion of the survey treats each book of the Old Testament in the order of the English canon. This information does not simply rehash the biblical material, but assumes that the Scriptures are being read alongside the survey. The book focuses its primary attention on the purpose and message of each book and attempts to show how the literary structure of each one has been used to accomplish the author's purpose. The survey also introduces readers to the issues of hermeneutics (general and special), history (Israelite and Near Eastern), archaeology, canon, geography, Old Testament theology (biblical and systematic), and critical methodologies. All these issues are dealt with in separate chapters at a basic introductory level that never allows the reader to lose sight, as it were, of the forest while wandering through the trees. In addressing critical issues of date and authorship, the survey avoids a polemical stance. Hill and Watson seek to depend on the evidence of the text rather than on presuppositions to substantiate their views. Their commitment to the authority of the biblical text results in a book that, while notably evangelical, is not always traditional. The authors approach the survey mindful of two complicating factors in Old Testament study. First, God's revelation did not come by way of the English language or through Western culture, and therefore we today have to work carefully to receive the message clearly. Second, even when we are listening, we have a tendency to be selective about what we hear or to try to make the message conform to our ideas. The solution is to allow the Bible to speak for itself. The informed reader will find much innovation here and a keen awareness of current scholarship relating to the Old Testament. Above all, this textbook will bring a new vigor and excitement to the Old Testament as readers learn to discover its story for themselves and see how to understand it as a substantial part of God's self-revelation to humankind. This survey is well illustrated with maps, charts, and photographs. Additional features are the questions for study and the annotated reading list at the end of each chapter.

Synopsis:

This college level textbook surveys the Old Testament by focusing its primary attention on the purpose and message of each book.

Table of Contents

Contents MAPS AND ILLUSTRATIONS ABBREVIATIONS PREFACE USING THIS BOOK Part I: Prologue 1 APPROACHING THE OLD TESTAMENT 2 THE FORMATION OF THE OLD TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES 3 HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF OLD TESTAMENT TIMES 4 THE GEOGRAPHY OF THE OLD TESTAMENT 5 ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE OLD TESTAMENT Part II: The Pentateuch 6 INTRODUCTION TO THE PENTATEUCH 7 GENESIS 8 EXODUS 9 LEVITICUS 10 NUMBERS 11 DEUTERONOMY Part III: The Historical Books 12 INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORICAL BOOKS 13 JOSHUA 14 JUDGES 15 RUTH 16 1-2 SAMUEL 17 1-2 KINGS 18 1-2 CHRONICLES 19 EZRA-NEHEMIAH 20 ESTHER Part IV: The Poetic Books 21 INTRODUCTION TO HEBREW POETIC AND WISDOM LITERATURE 22 JOB 23 PSALMS 24 PROVERBS 25 ECCLESIASTES 26 SONG OF SONGS Part V: The Prophets 27 INTRODUCTION TO PROPHETIC LITERATURE 28 ISAIAH 29 JEREMIAH 30 LAMENTATIONS 31 EZEKIEL 32 DANIEL 33 HOSEA 34 JOEL 35 AMOS 36 OBADIAH 37 JONAH 38 MICAH 39 NAHUM 40 HABAKKUK 41 ZEPHANIAH 42 HAGGAI 43 ZECHARIAH 44 MALACHI Part VI: Epilogue 45 TOWARD THE NEW TESTAMENT 46 WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED TIMELINE INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780310590668
Publisher:
Zondervan
Subject:
Christianity-Biblical Criticism
Author:
Walton, John H.
Author:
Hill, Andrew E.
Subject:
Christianity-Old Testament Commentary
Subject:
Christianity-Old Testament General
Subject:
Religion : Biblical Studies - Old Testament
Publication Date:
20100427
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
800

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