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Old Testament Survey Hardcover – September 1, 2007
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Paul House and Eric Mitchell combine to write this new second edition (first one published about fifteen years ago) of a text designed for use by "beginning students". In other words, this will be a required text for seminary and Christian college students for at least the next ten years!
But don't let the words "required text" fool you into thinking that this is a dry volume of facts and figures. House and Mitchell write with passion and purpose.
The passion comes from their solid belief in what the text of Scripture is:
"...the authors of this text want to make clear they affirm the inerrancy and infallibility of God's Word. Therefore, they also believe that the Bible's historical writing is based on solid historical principles. They believe there are good reasons to affirm what the Bible says on historical matters and that there are good reasons for using sound historical research when studying the Bible."
And what is their purpose? Stated in many ways, the goal of the book is to "help students learn and appreciate the UNITY of the Old Testament" (emphasis mine). They want students to delight in and learn about both the trees and the forest, breaking through to a level of understanding and appreciation for the unity of the Old Testament and hence an appreciation for the unity of the entire Bible.
"For centuries Christians and Jews alike considered the Old Testament a unified work. Jewish readers viewed the Hebrew Scriptures as a thorough account of their faith and history. Christians treated the Old Testament as the natural introduction to their New Testament.Read more ›
These are not front page issues anymore. Liberal scholars still maintain various versions of the Documentary Hypothesis and that Isaiah was written by at least two (sometimes three) different people. Conservative scholars still disagree. I am grateful that previous generations of faithful men were willing to step into the fray and defend Scripture. Yet, as these are not pressing concerns, a different generation of survey texts needs to be written; ones which focus upon the text itself and not the issues surrounding it.
It is for this reason that I commend Paul House's Old Testament Survey. Dr. House is the Associate Dean and Professor of Divinity (Old Testament) at Beeson Divinity School. His survey text stands on the shoulders of those who have long defended traditional composition and authorship of the various Old Testament texts. Rather than focus on these issues he turns his attention to the literary structure and content. He organizes his survey in keeping with the Hebrew order of the Old Testament. The Old Testament was organized around three parts: Law (Genesis - Deuteronomy); Prophets (Joshua - Malachi); Writings (Job - 2 Chronicles). This structure helps to highlight the literary features of the Old Testament.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this for class and did not actually read it since it ended up not being required, but the condition of my copy was pristine. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Via
House's OT Survey opened up my understanding of the Old Testament like few works ever have.Published 9 months ago by Alva T.
Very different from the hard copy. I found it very hard to follow.Published 15 months ago by Alaska