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Giving the Sense: Understanding and Using Old Testament Historical Texts Paperback – January 1, 2004

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David M. Howard, Jr. (Ph.D. University of Michigan) is Professor of Old Testament at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN.  He has published seven books and numerous journal articles, book chapters, and essays, and is a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society.



Michael A. Grisanti (Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) is associate professor of Old Testament at The Master's Seminary in Sun Valley, CA, a contributor to the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis and Missions in a New Millennium, and the editor of The Bible Version Debate.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Academic & Professional (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825428920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825428920
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,109,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. D. Riddle on April 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is truly a diverse collection of essays. The only thing they have in common is they all address Old Testament historical narrative literature, in one way or another, and the authors approach the text from a conservative perspective.
Each chapter is written by a different scholar, and the depth and content varies from one to the next. The chapters are grouped into sections dealing with historical issues, archaeology, literary studies, and so forth. Although this probably reflects my own personal interests more than anything else, I found some of the chapters to be excellent, and others to be not so well-written. A few of the essays lacked clear organization of thought. In addition, some are cursory overviews of the material, while others make for more advanced reading. I especially enjoyed William Shea's chapter on the exodus pharaoh; Alan Ross's chapter on whether or not the Patriarchs knew the divine name; and Gordon Johnston's literary study of the book of Esther. Although Edwin Yamauchi's chapter is really not much more than an annotated bibliography, I always like reading his work. The contributions by Carl Rasmussen, Bryant Wood, and Eugene Merrill are also good, although maybe not as in-depth as I would have liked.
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