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  • Series: Student Guide
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Academic; Second edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805440364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805440362
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The authors organized the book to be easy to read and understand.
Corey
This book was suggested to me by a friend and it is all an more than they said it would be!
Venessa
Dr. House provides an excellent expositional survey of the Old Testament.
Jacob Sweeney

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By wisdomofthepages.com on December 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Why get too excited about an Old Testament Survey textbook? I am excited, and here is why.

Paul House and Eric Mitchell combine to write this new second edition (first one published about fifteen years ago) of a text designed for use by "beginning students". In other words, this will be a required text for seminary and Christian college students for at least the next ten years!
But don't let the words "required text" fool you into thinking that this is a dry volume of facts and figures. House and Mitchell write with passion and purpose.

The passion comes from their solid belief in what the text of Scripture is:
"...the authors of this text want to make clear they affirm the inerrancy and infallibility of God's Word. Therefore, they also believe that the Bible's historical writing is based on solid historical principles. They believe there are good reasons to affirm what the Bible says on historical matters and that there are good reasons for using sound historical research when studying the Bible."

And what is their purpose? Stated in many ways, the goal of the book is to "help students learn and appreciate the UNITY of the Old Testament" (emphasis mine). They want students to delight in and learn about both the trees and the forest, breaking through to a level of understanding and appreciation for the unity of the Old Testament and hence an appreciation for the unity of the entire Bible.

They state:
"For centuries Christians and Jews alike considered the Old Testament a unified work. Jewish readers viewed the Hebrew Scriptures as a thorough account of their faith and history. Christians treated the Old Testament as the natural introduction to their New Testament.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By fraser golden on September 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As a newcomer to Seminary, I have always struggled with understanding the Old Testament. Though this book does not go into intricate details, it DOES give a person MUCH needed understanding about how God dealt with Ancient Isreal & its relevence to our own personanl struggles with life as a whole. I strongly recomend this book to ANYONE who is like me, slow reader, slow to understand, but OH so grateful that my eyes, mind & heart is being opened to God's true nature of grace.
Sincerely,
Fraser Golden
Gen. 50:20
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J Reynolds on January 21, 2013
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The Book is great but be aware for purchase this is NOT the book! This is the Student guide which has all the Questions and maps. I bought this thinking it was the book and it is not. Luckily I did have to use it for class but just as a reminder the Kindle version is the Guide not the Book!.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Sweeney on June 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When I took my first class on the Old Testament in college, it was more dates and authors than content. The first Old Testament Survey book I ever purchased followed suit. For many, an overview of the Old Testament is an explanation of the many theories and histories behind its composition. It is also incredibly boring. There was a time when debates of authorship and composition were cutting edge biblical scholarship. Academic battle lines were drawn and many tomes composed arguing for the validity of one position over against the others.

These are not front page issues anymore. Liberal scholars still maintain various versions of the Documentary Hypothesis and that Isaiah was written by at least two (sometimes three) different people. Conservative scholars still disagree. I am grateful that previous generations of faithful men were willing to step into the fray and defend Scripture. Yet, as these are not pressing concerns, a different generation of survey texts needs to be written; ones which focus upon the text itself and not the issues surrounding it.

It is for this reason that I commend Paul House's Old Testament Survey. Dr. House is the Associate Dean and Professor of Divinity (Old Testament) at Beeson Divinity School. His survey text stands on the shoulders of those who have long defended traditional composition and authorship of the various Old Testament texts. Rather than focus on these issues he turns his attention to the literary structure and content. He organizes his survey in keeping with the Hebrew order of the Old Testament. The Old Testament was organized around three parts: Law (Genesis - Deuteronomy); Prophets (Joshua - Malachi); Writings (Job - 2 Chronicles). This structure helps to highlight the literary features of the Old Testament.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Cunningham on January 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I recommend this book to those students who wish to give serious study to the validity and historocity of the Old Testement. I used this book in my 3 semester of college when I was taking Old Testement survey for my Philosophy credits. The tone of this book gives the impression that we can indeed trust the truth of the Bible and that it is supported by historical evidence and extra Bibical sources that bring it to light and will strengthen the faith as well as restore the faith of many of those having doubts!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Corey on February 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
AMAZING BOOK!!!! Very well worth reading. It surveys the texgt of the Old Testament, and gives fantastic insight that can be used for research. I currently use the book for a college course I'm taking, but I would use it for many other things as well. The authors organized the book to be easy to read and understand. It turns what would normally be mondane reading into something useful. I highly recommend this!
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