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About the Author

Paul R. House teaches at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University (Birmingham, Alabama). An Old Testament scholar, he has taught previously at Taylor University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Wheaton College.
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Product Details

  • Series: Student Guide
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Academic; Second edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805440364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805440362
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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This review applies to the Kindle edition only. The maps are small and have poor resolution. Though they can be increased in size, the images become blurred and the names of the places in the maps are unreadable. I have refunded my purchase.
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Are you ever confused by the Old Testament? Do you ever get lost in what the meaning and purpose of the Old Testament? This book weaves it all together is an easy and understandable way. Found it to be an enjoyable overview of the Old Testament, with highlights of Christ.
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Now in a revised and updated second edition, Old Testament Survey is a textbook designed for Bible students. Written by professor of divinity Paul R. House and assistant professor of Old Testament and archaeology Eric Mitchell, Old Testament Survey focuses upon the literature and narrative of the Old Testament in its methodical overview, which walks the reader through the biblical stories as well as the motives and reactions of principle characters. Charts, illustrations, sixteen full-color maps, and an index round out this excellent Bible reading companion.
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