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Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch is Lucy H. Robertson Professor of Religion at Greensboro College in Greensboro, NC.
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  • Paperback: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press; Pap/Cdr edition (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0687646235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687646234
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No book on the "Old" or New Testament can be complete. This is true for all Treatments of all sacred books,no matter which religion is being discussed. This book is well done. It is written in everyday language, which makes it easy for the undergraduate (or even teenager) to follow. It is an introductory book, designed to help the interested party learn about the background and the history of the Old Testament writings. It has not been written (from what I can tell) to bolster or destroy a person's religious faith. It also does not proselytize. Indeed, that would be inappropriate in a classroom setting apart from the church or temple. The reviewer called simply "R" said that the writer was biased, but did not give examples to back his/her assertion. Using this fact as my example, I am comfortable stating that R's review was biased. I teach Old Testament at university, and find this book extremely useful - and I have tried a number of OT introductory books. Don't let R's bias keep you from checking this book out for yourself.
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The teacher will find Rhonda Burnette Bletsch's work to be a highly readable overview and introduction to the Old Testament. With its written text and handy CD-ROM it offers exercises, maps, charts, and simple exams to help the student understand and remember the material covered in the class. I highly recommend the book for use as a companion and guide for persons teaching the Old Testament in a church or class where it is possible for students and teachers to discuss and question the Hebrew Scriptures.

Wm. Fred Lamar, Ph. D., retired chaplain and professor
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In this work of 305 pages, with the accompanying CD containing an additional 800 pages of articles, charts, diagrams, maps, as well as invaluable study and review questions, Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch presents an excellent overview of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. Dividing her work into five chapters, she carefully takes the reader through the Hebrew Bible from beginning to end, and into the "Inter-testamental period" which bridges the Old and New Testaments.

Chapter 1: Preparing for the Journey
Chapter 2: Torah - the Journey begins
Chapter 3: Former Prophets: A Nation's Journey
Chapter 4: Latter Prophets - Israel's Moral Compass
Chapter 5: Writings - the Homeward Journey

Although rightly acknowledging that the Hebrew Bible is a book of faith for both Jews and Christians, her primary goal is to discuss the Bible as a "human" book. That is, what were the causes, motivations, and circumstances that the initial speakers, hearers, authors as well as the later editors found themselves in which prompted them to retain, shape, and add to the traditions that were handed down to them, so as to produce the works which make up the Hebrew Bible.

She discusses the historical circumstances at work which brought about the combination of the various Pentateuchal sources of JEPD into the final work of the Pentateuch. Her discussion is careful, with not too much information for the beginning student so as to overwhelm them, but enough (with more in the CD) to show the logic of her argument.
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By Debby on October 26, 2015
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Very helpful in my OT studying.
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