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  • Hardcover: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (October 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310218977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310218975
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bruce K. Waltke (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD, Harvard Divinity School), acknowledged to be one of the outstanding contemporary Old Testament scholars, is professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida, and professor emeritus of biblical studies at Regent College in Vancouver. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, commentaries, and articles, and contributed to dictionaries and encyclopedias.

Charles Yu is currently pursuing doctoral studies in the Department of Hebrew and Semitics at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

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Bruce K. Waltke (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD, Harvard Divinity School), acknowledged to be one of the outstanding contemporary Old Testament scholars, is professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida, and professor emeritus of biblical studies at Regent College in Vancouver. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, commentaries, and articles, and contributed to dictionaries and encyclopedias.

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I was really impressed with the richness of this book.
Dr. Marc Axelrod
I highly recommend this work to anyone who seeks a deeper, richer search of truth in Scripture, and companion reference work in the spiritual pursuit of God.
Ronald E. Davern
An upside of that is that his theology is tied strongly to the story of the Old Testament.
Nate Claiborne

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86 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a seminary student I am quite familiar with a lot of books that act in teaching Old Testament history and theology. Mr. Waltke's book is just about the best book a teacher could ever use and a student could ever read. The book is not aimed at simply exploring God's actions in the text of the Old Testament. It begins by exploring what exactly is the Old Testament and how students (and teachers for that matter) can learn about Old Testament theology in order to give them a greater understanding of the OT in terms of overall Biblical theology. When the book finally begins to explore the books of the Old Testament, the reader has a wonderful foundation in order to not only understand what each book of the Bible has to say, but ultimately what God wants His people to understand. Whether we are talking about a student in seminary such as myself or the casual (but well read) everyday fellow. If there is a problem with the book it could be that the way the book looks, large and overbearing, one might feel that he could easily get lost in the text. Not true. Mr. Waltke's personality flows along the pages, you are getting less a textbook and more of a one-to-one classroom education, mindful, caring, and from the author to the reader. Take the first chapter that deals with the Creation account in Genesis. Too many times you see Old Earth vs. Young Earth vs. Theistic Evolution being tossed around in academics. Mr. Waltke reminds us to go beyond these debates though important in their points)and go into what the text actually says, word for word, meaning for meaning, toward what the ancient Hebrews of the Exodus would understand them all the way to how the first Christians and Christian communities would possibly understand the text.Read more ›
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Marc Axelrod VINE VOICE on December 2, 2008
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I was really impressed with the richness of this book. Bruce Waltke's goal in writing this book is to help Christians understand the OT, understand God's plan for them, understand how the OT relates to the NT, and how it relates to their lives today. Bruce assumes the authority of the 66 books of the canonical Protestant Bible. He teaches that the Old Testament's main storyline is about the kingship of God, God's kingdom as it breaks into our world (I disagree, I think it's about God's plan to redeem the world).

Waltke adopts a Reformed, covenant approach to interpreting scripture, rejecting the dispensational approach of his youth. He divides the Bible into several blocks of writing: the Primary History (Genesis-2 Kings) Wisdom Literature, and prophetic literature.

There is a great chapter on narrative theology, addressing the different points of view in the text (God, the human characters, the narrator). I also loved the chapter on poetics and intertexuality. The beautiful symmetry and chiasm in Genesis 1-11 sheds much light on the interpretation of this passage. He also discusses typology and how some texts evoke and alude ot others within the canon.

In the Primary History section of the book, Waltke discusses the gift of the cosmos, how God overcame chaos and darkness to create a habitable world. He contends that Genesis 1 is designed to counter pagan ideas about the construction of the world. The world itself is not divine, God is.

He also discusses the literary form of Genesis 1-2:4a, contending that it is narrative history, not myth, and that it reflects an Ancient Near eastern Comogeny, an example of God's accomodation to the viewpoints held by the people of the time.

There is a discussion about the gift of Adam, or mankind.
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72 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Brian G. Morgan on December 7, 2007
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Having known Bruce Waltke personally for over thirty years and valuing his scholarship as one of the finest OT scholars in the world, I find his OT Theology to be his premier work. Typical of Bruce's high standards, this volume displays decades of his rigorous exegesis and meticulous care for the accuracy of the Biblical texts along with his masterful development of the themes of the OT and how each of them find they find their fulfillment in the person and work of Christ in the New Testament. No difficulties are avoided and every theme is traced from its inception carefully through to its climax in a New Heavens and New Earth. Bruce is one of those rare individuals who gives us both "roots and wings," and as the Spanish poet Juan Ramon writes "the wings take root and the roots fly." Bruce's theology also includes an invaluable summary of the poetics of Hebrew narrative and poetry, so that readers will discern not only "what" the Bible says, but "how" it says it. The text is easy to read, clear, and insightful beyond measure. This magisterial work will serve as a beacon of doctrinal purity and light for many generations, and not merely because of it's supreme scholarship, but also because of Bruce's humble heart and passion for holiness that pervades the text itself.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Doleys on October 11, 2009
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There are three main sections. In the "Introduction", Waltke describes both his approach and methodology in developing a theology of the Old Testament. He makes it is clear that his work will fall firmly in the evangelical and broadly reformed tradition. While he is certainly writing for the student and the informed layman, Waltke does not default to this tradition, but explains how he will employ the various tools of exegesis, history and philosophy to develop his theology. In this section he confidently notes that the main theme of the Bible is that "Israel's sublime God, whose attributes hold in tension his holiness and mercy, glorifies himself by establishing his universal rule over his volitional creatures on earth through Jesus Christ and his covenant people." (144).

In the second section, "Primary History", moves through the primary history of Israel in chronological order. Instead of primarily treating each book or even each section of the Pentateuch, Waltke keys in on major events that shape the theology of Old Testament describing each as a "Gift", including "The Gift of Adam", "The Gift of the Abrahamic Covenant", "The Gift of the Old Covenant". I found the chapter entitled "The Gift of God as Deliverer and Warrior" to stand out amongst the rest. While this may be due to subject bias, I did feel his synthesis here added the most the current material. After these first 17 chapters on the Pentateuch, the structure takes a more recognizable approach with a chapter on Joshua, and then tracing out of the theology of land throughout the Old and New Testament, and subsequent chapters for individual books with Chronicles and Esther, and Ezra/Nehemiah being treated together. The final section, "Other Writings" treats the Prophets and the Wisdom literature in the same way.
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