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Product Details

  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; 2nd edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664223583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664223588
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

J. Maxwell Miller is Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, in Atlanta, Goergia.

John H. Hayes is Professor Emeritusof Old Testament at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the author of numerous books, including Introduction to the Bible, Biblical Exegesis: A Beginner's Handbook (with Carl Holladay), The Jewish People in Classical Antiquity (with Sara Mandell), and Old Testament Theology: Its History and Development (with Frederick Prussner), all published by WJK.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alex S TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
I first encountered this textbook in Seminary, when I was studying the Old Testament. This is not intended to be a commentary, rather it is intended to explore the history within the timeline conceived.

The issue is that this particular history is between 2000 and 3000 years old. Miller and Hayes are willing to confront discrepancies, look at historical realities, and help us to better understand how all of these complex factors build into the Old Testament we have today.

If you are looking for a scholarly work on what we understand about the history of the area in which the Old Testament is set, this is the "gold standard" to have in your library. However, if you are looking for a commentary on the background of the Old Testament, I recommend that you consider The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament which will be much more applicable to your studies.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr Garry on May 17, 2014
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In its first edition in the late 1980s, this textbook was one of the first to absorb and acknowledge the implications of archaeological studies in Syria-Palestine. It was one of the first to deny that the Biblical narratives had a unique and privileged place in reconstructing the history of Israel/Judah.

The second edition has kept pace with current research, without being partisan in the many debates currently raging through Syrio-Palestinian archaeology and Israelite history.

This is a definitive and comprehensive study, a major work of scholarship. Some other reviewers have chastised it for tedium. Well, yes, that charge can be laid against it, but really, what are these reviewers looking for? A comic strip history of Israel/Judah? Pop-up videos? Jokes? I've read a lot of academic works, and this one is by no means the driest I have read. Indeed, I find it fairly easy reading.

The text is supplemented by many timelines and ancillary boxes, such as extensive quotes from Assyrian and Babylonian sources. The only let down are the maps, which are very poorly reproduced.

This text is a standard in many bible study courses. I would recommended this to anyone wanting to read a comprehensive history with a progressive slant.

For those who want a southern American Baptist alternative that politely but firmly declines to engage with all the archeaological advances made since 1950, and the literary-critical scholarship simce 1850, I would recommend Longman and Dillard's An Introduction to the Old Testament: Second Edition.
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Momazing on February 22, 2014
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I can't read this for more than 20 or 30 minutes without starting to fall asleep. The facts are there, but there is no storytelling or artistic talent about how they are laid out. There is nothing to hook the reader.
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24 of 197 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Night on April 26, 2007
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Wow, this book is a nearly worthless except for that at least the authors acknowledge that the Bible probably contains historical events. It's amazing how seemingly wise men put out garbage like this. An example of the utter stupidity for example is that one of the authors claims that Samuel didn't really do all the things that were claimed of him because he was described as doing different things. Why does he think that? But he thinks Samuel couldn't have been both a prophet and "king-maker" he says. Uh... CUZ? Kinda stands to reason that if a person is a prophet then yeah, they are more likely to have the standing to king someone, rather than if they are just some ordinary guy. Instead he claims that Samuel was probably a cult leader. LOL.

No wait they are right, God doesn't have the ability to make someone a prophet plus allow them to have any other significant roles like kinging someone one time because it's just too hard for the creator and sustainer of the universe to get someone to be someone great and do something amazing. Not.

This is preschooler dribble hoping for lobster and wine elbow rubbing with other God-haters. Jesus is worth more than paper money, a few hundred lobsters, and a cellar full of wine.
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