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Gary Schnittjer (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of Old Testament at the School of Divinity, Cairn University in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310248612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310248613
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #667,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gary Schnittjer (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of Old Testament at Philadelphia Biblical University in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By William Doolittle on January 2, 2007
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While certainly profitable to others who do not fit this category, "The Torah Story: An Apprenticeship on the Pentateuch" is a textbook written with the undergraduate Bible student in mind. Its purpose is not to give an in-depth, verse by verse explanation of the Five Books of Moses (for which one should seek a commentary), but is meant instead to give the reader an understanding of how the Torah functions as a self-contained, five-part instructional story which lays a foundation for the rest of the Hebrew Bible (the Christian Old Testament) as well as the New Testament. It is written from the perspective of one who is a Christian and who is committed to the Torah as scripture (see p. 13). While this perspective should be obvious, a reading of this textbook will also show that Schnittjer is not afraid to raise difficult issues that come with studying the Torah, even issues he has no intention of answering for the student, nor necessarily always believing there to be such answers at our disposal ("For an apprentice of the scriptures to become skilled at her or his craft, it is necessary to know when to say, 'I do not know.'" p. 68).

As the back-cover description admits, "The Torah Story" only briefly touches on certain matters of debate such as dating and authorship (matters which the Torah apprentice will certainly encounter with further study). Rather, its chief concern is helping the student simply read the text as we have it. For this reason, the first chapter serves not only as an introduction to the textbook, but also as a sort of crash-course in reading biblical narrative. The apprentice will become familiar with older literary terms (cause to effect, climax, contrast, foreshadowing, etc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. E. Stecher on March 20, 2007
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I have read the Bible five times straight through and find myself reading it again thanks to Dr. Schnittjer's excellent textbook. Written for the Bible scholar, it is readable by the average student and will inspire those readers to dig into the Torah like no other book I have read. It is honest in its approach and thoroughly enjoyable. It will challenge and stretch the reader. The exercises at the end of each chapter and the guide points throughout each chapter stimulate learning and comprehension. This is a must read for anyone interested in the foundational chapters of the Bible. If you are not an apprentice when you begin this book, you will be by the time you have finished it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alaska on January 11, 2007
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This book is simply amazing. It is in a textbook format, but that makes it an easy read even if you are not taking an Old Testament History class. Dr. Schnittjer is well versed in OT History and Hebrew, so this book was a perfect fit for him, and he geared it to his students and their peers, not his colleagues. This book is very helpful!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Arnold on March 9, 2007
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This book is easy to use by anyone who wants to understand or teach the first five books of Moses. Outlines, charts, and easy to read but rich information pervade the text. I can't stop taking down notes to use in my teaching ministry!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Marino on November 1, 2009
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Great book! Lots of info on the culture and practices of the ancient Hebrews. Can be a little repetitive at times but overall a good tool to help you study the Torah.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Forbes on January 11, 2007
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This book is unlike any others I have read on the subject. Schnittjer's unique approach and scholarly insights make this book a must have for any serious student of the Word. You will NOT find it redundant with any volumes already in your collection.
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By Amazon Customer on December 13, 2013
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Great info.Simple read.Good layout! Excellent basic information. I could use in a introductory class. Students not familiar with critical methods would benefit from this evangelical approach.
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I am studying the Pentateuch and this book has become very helpful. It is very easy to read and understand and the pictures are just awesome. Great for learning.
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