Encountering the Old Testament : A Christian Survey

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-05-01
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
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The bestselling Encountering the Old Testament has become the leading Old Testament survey text. Now the second edition has been updated throughout with revisions to the text, sidebars, bibliographies, notes, and indexes. The accompanying CD-ROM has been radically revised to demonstrate its close connection to the text and includes links to study aids, videos, and photos. The book's numerous helpful features include full-color illustrations, photographs, sidebars, focus boxes, learning objectives, chapter outlines and summaries, and study questions.

Author Biography

Bill T. Arnold (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Encountering the Book of Genesis, Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books, A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax, and a commentary on 1 and 2 Samuel. Bryan E. Beyer (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Columbia International University Seminary and School of Missions. He is the author of Encountering the Book of Isaiah and coeditor (with Bill Arnold) of Readings from the Ancient Near East.

Table of Contents

To the Professorp. 15
To the Studentp. 17
Abbreviationsp. 19
What Is the Old Testament and Why Study It?p. 21
Where and When Did the Events of the Old Testament Take Place?p. 35
Encountering the Pentateuch
Introduction to the Pentateuch: The Birth of God's Peoplep. 63
Genesis 1-11: The Prelude to Israelp. 77
Genesis 12-50: The Patriarchs: Ancestors of Israel's Faithp. 89
Exodus: A Miraculous Escapep. 103
Leviticus: Instructions for Holy Livingp. 117
Numbers: Failure in the Desertp. 127
Deuteronomy: Restoring the Covenantp. 141
Encountering the Historical Books
Introduction to the Historical Books: The History of Israel's Nationhoodp. 157
Joshua: Conquest and Divisionp. 167
Judges and Ruth: Israel's Moral Crisisp. 181
First Samuel: God Grants a Kingp. 195
Second Samuel: David's Reignp. 209
First Kings: The Glory of Solomon and the Beginning of the Endp. 221
Second Kings: The End of National Israelp. 237
First and Second Chronicles: A Look Backp. 251
Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther: A Time to Rebuildp. 263
Encountering the Poetical Books
Introduction to the Poetical Books: The Literature of God's Peoplep. 281
Job: One Man's Search for Justicep. 289
Psalms: The Songbook of Ancient Israelp. 303
Proverbs: Advice on Living in God's Worldp. 313
Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs: Israelite Faith in Everyday Lifep. 325
Encountering the Prophets
Introduction to the Prophets: Voices of God's Servantsp. 339
Isaiah 1-39: Prophet of Judah's Royal Courtp. 353
Isaiah 40-66: Great Days Are Coming!p. 369
Jeremiah 1-20: Struggling with God's Callp. 383
Jeremiah 21-52 and Lamentations: Dealing with Disasterp. 393
Ezekiel 1-24: Rough Days Are Coming!p. 407
Ezekiel 25-48: God's Planning an Exciting Future!p. 417
Daniel: The Kingdom of God - Now and Foreverp. 427
Hosea, Joel, and Amos: A Call for Repentance and a Promise for Blessingp. 439
Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah: God's Plan for the Nationsp. 451
Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi: Rebuilding a Peoplep. 463
Epiloguep. 475
Glossaryp. 477
Notesp. 491
Subject Indexp. 502
Scripture Indexp. 514
Name Indexp. 524
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