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More for Students Studying the Old Testament
on November 12, 2013
If you are looking for a layman's book to understand the Old Testament, this book is not for you. I wanted to learn how to interpret O.T. literature for my own personal growth and came across a lot of terminology and lengthy explanations that I did not understand. For the average person, you may need to read some excerpts more than once to fully grasp the meanings. This book states that poetry, prose and storytelling/narratives are used a lot in the Old Testament, which is helpful. However, it gives few examples on how to interpret these genres. It sites some passages about Jonah, Jacob, and David, but that is it. How would I know how to interpret something like the great flood, or Adam and Eve? (Is this actual history, poetry, or a story to get a moral across?) You will need another book if you want to understand how to decipher particular stories.