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The Old Testament (Cliffs Notes) 1st Edition

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Charles H. Patterson, Ph.D., is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cliffsnotes Literature Guides
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Cliffs Notes; 1 edition (August 6, 1965)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822009498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822009498
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Cliffs notes for the Bible is hardly an attempt to "condense the entire 39 books of the Old Testament into a little yellow book." I would not be so condesending, it does a very good job at condensing many scholars' perspectives on who's writing is included in it and the times the texts were written during; even touching on *some* pop Bible stories and the "great questions" they analyze. It introduces Bible newbies (and some oldies) to the notion the Bible wasn't written like a movie, by a few people in the span of a few months or even years; the Old Testament includes work by many people over the span of hundreds of years. Such a long time, that original documents wore out or decayed, thus needed to be copied down to a new hard copy...he briefly mentions instances of editorial modifications, he does not discuss language conversions however. I believe an overview of a very complicated piece of literature is great, before or after sitting down to read it in vast quantities. He does a good job at staying in an objective tone, not rambling on to preaching tangents. Again, this is not an attempt to condense the OT, but provide insight into who the current studied folks consider the authors and when the manuscripts were brought together.
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This little, straightforward text helps one appreciate one reason why the Bible is probably the most widely read book in world history: it contains the wisdom of a people who faced radically varying circumstances over hundreds and hundreds of years. Cliffs also introduces beginners the idea that the Bible is FAR more fascinating than a religious monolith...it contains the gradually and sometimes radically changing thought of a people throughout the ages.
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I was actually looking for a summarized version of thd Old Testament. A short about Adam and Eve. A short about Cain and Able. The family tree starting from Adam & Eve... all the way upto Jesus (I know there's gaps in there but where there is information, it would have been nice to see the family tree).

This cliff note book contained information about the origin of the Old Testament and how it was put together... which isn't what I was looking for.
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By Ali on January 6, 2014
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How do you review Cliff Notes? They are Cliff Notes, period. If there's anyone who is unfamiliar with them, they are basically a descriptive outline and summary of a book, or, in this case, all the books of the Old Testament. An overview is always a handy thing to have when studying a book, but one has to always keep in mind the bias and opinion of whoever wrote the Cliff Notes. This is true for all Cliff Notes, not just the ones for Bible.
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A wonderful introduction to the Old Testament for the general reader, or beginning student. The authors present a wealth of information about each book of the OT. in a readable, entertaining style. Charles Patterson is a scholar, but he has written a wonderful guide for those wishing nor a betrayal understanding of the Old Testament.
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I lead a local bible study for retired women in my area. The Cliff Notes of the OldTestament are a great assist when trying to give an overview of our current study.
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Some times when I read my bible I do not always understand what it is saying nor do I understand the meaning of some the words that I am reading.But,I believe this book will help understand the scripture much easier.
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Great for additional info in teaching any lesson in Old Testament-my husband and I use it so often wwe had to order another! Very helpful!
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