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Old Testament Survey: The Message, Form, and Background of the Old Testament, 2nd Edition Hardcover – Illustrated, September 3, 1996
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The reviewer who wrote that this book supports the JEDP theory was mistaken: In fact, the authors predict that this theory will eventually be out of vogue with scholarship. What the authors do affirm is that Moses was originally responsible for the Pentateuch and that through the centuries, the community revised and updated it.
And contrary to an earlier reviewer, I didn't find the book tedious at all: It was very well written and very interesting throughout. I especially appreciated the articles at the end about the Authority of the Old Testament for Christians, Messianic prophecy, and the chronological puzzle.
In short, I recommend this book, only wishing that the authors would take a stand on some of the issues discussed above.
Over the course of nearly a year, I read this book alongside the Old Testament. I experienced what the first Ethiopian Christian must have felt as Philip explained the book of Isaiah to him in Acts 8. These three scholarly authors helped me see things I never knew existed, which positioned the gospel in a new way.
As the hearts of the pilgrims en route to Emmaus burned within them as Jesus opened the same Scriptures to them, I gained a deeper understanding and yearning. The New Testament Letter to the Hebrews now makes much more sense, and I am better able to see how OT prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus. My subsequent visit to the Holy Land was enriched by knowing the geography, history and theology of the Old Testament that I gained from this survey.
The kindle edition is reasonable but not great. The contents are fully indexed, including chapter sections, which is great. Diagrams, charts and tables have been scanned from a print copy and inserted clumsily and crookedly. I had trouble viewing them on my old DX so I imagine any of the standard size kindles would be even more problematic. I resorted to viewing diagrams on my PC instead. There is also the usual fashionable plethora of somewhat vaguely relevant photographs of archaeological objects scattered throughout that really just break up the text. Maps are often inserted sideways for some reason. However these problems don't make the book unreadable as in many worse kindle editions. I would recommend the book to a college level student.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great textbook that provides the historical and theological overviews of each book of the Bible. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ryan
Missing the cover page, but this will be a great resource for my knowledge building.Published 10 months ago by Ruselis
I feel like this book spent more time and space telling about the arguments that people have against the Old Testament being the word of God. I do not recommend it.Published 13 months ago by RP in Shawnee
I am a seminary student. I adored this book, one of the best I've read in school (and i'm graduating this semester, lord willing). Read morePublished 15 months ago by Brooke Warner