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on March 14, 2017
This is not a book for beginners ("introduction" has a specific meaning in theological study - where the books of the Bible came from, who wrote them and why, and what scholars think about how the text was preserved and transmitted.) So these details are piled on thick in a book like this. Also, there are differences of opinion on these matters, and any serious reader will need to think for themselves and be ready to look in other places to fill things out. But this activity is needed to answer those who think the Bible cannot stand up to thoughtful scrutiny, or that other old religious writings are similar to it.
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on March 11, 2015
Excelente
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on April 24, 2007
If you are after a comprehensive study of thought of the Old Testament, then this is the perfect book. Though this book is 40 years old, it still remains highly recommended as one of the best sources for study.
Harrison endeavours to evaluate all views of thought and weighs them by their merits. Harrison is honest and does not let his own view point skew the evidence, no matter where the evidence leads. This isn't to say that he doesn't put forth his views, but when he does it is merely supplementary.
Harrison is faithful to a conservative view of the Old Testament, taking it at face value and justifying his position authoritatively and empirically. Though there have been many attempts at denigrating the historicity of the Old Testament, Harrison is convincing in its defence.

If you want a comprehensive study of thought of the Old Testament, then there is none better.
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on August 9, 2007
This is an excellent, scholarly and comprehensive treatment of the OT. RK Harrison, the author, is apparently recognized by conservative and liberal thelolgians (possibly begrudgingly by the latter) for his precision and objectivity as a scholar. I especially appreciated Harrison's critical analysis of higher criticism including his conclusion that that discipline as a so-called scientific method is significantly flawed in light of recent archaelogical and related findings. This book is the best of its kind and I highly recommend it!
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on February 18, 2016
I was very pleased with now the book was identified and the actual condition of the volume.
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