The World and the Word An Introduction to the Old Testament

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  • Copyright: 2011-06-15
  • Publisher: B&H Academic

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The World and the Wordis a fresh introduction to the Old Testament driven largely by the fact that so much Christian preaching and teaching today increasingly ignores what is eighty percent of the Bible. Authors Eugene Merrill, Mark Rooker, and Michael Grisanti work through the world and text of the Old Testament always making three major points: The Old Testament is a rich source of theology and doctrine that is presupposed by the New Testament. Without it, Christian theology would be seriously deficient. Mastery of the Old Testament is crucial to an understanding of the New Testament. The Old Testament offers, by teaching and example, practical principles of belief and behavior for contemporary times. Who God was and what He did then can be replicated in the lives of men and women today. Separating the verifiable biblical and extra-biblical data from the various interpretations of that same information, the book further shows how the Old Testament forms the platform and matrix from which sprang the life, ministry, and teachings of Jesus and the church.The World and the Wordwill help students see an entry point into the very heart and design of God who loves them and wishes to make them the special object of His grace.

Author Biography

Eugene H. Merrill is distinguished professor of Old Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and distinguished professor of Old Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Mark F. Rooker is professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Michael A. Grisanti is professor of Old Testament at The Master's Seminary in Sun Valley, California.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviationsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
The Old Testament Time Linep. xvi
Introductionp. 1
The World Of The Old Testamentp. 13
The Historical Setting of the Old Testamentp. 17
The Cultural World of the Old Testamentp. 41
Ancient Near Eastern Literature and the Old Testamentp. 53
The Text Of The Old Testamentp. 73
The Composition of the Old Testamentp. 79
The Canonicity of the Old Testamentp. 93
The Transmission and Textual Criticism of the Old Testamentp. 108
Approaches To The Study Of The Old Testamentp. 123
The Development of the Historical Critical Methodp. 129
The Present State of Old Testament Scholarshipp. 149
The Pentateuchp. 163
The Book of Genesisp. 170
The Book of Exodusp. 190
The Book of Leviticusp. 217
The Book of Numbersp. 232
The Book of Deuteronomyp. 251
The Historical Booksp. 271
The Book of Joshuap. 276
The Book of Judgesp. 288
The Book of Ruthp. 300
The Books of 1 and 2 Samuelp. 307
The Books of 1 and 2 Kingsp. 319
The Books of 1 and 2 Chroniclesp. 330
The Book of Ezra-Nehemiahp. 343
The Book of Estherp. 354
The Prophetic Booksp. 361
The Book of Isaiahp. 367
The Book of Jeremiahp. 380
The Book of Ezekielp. 394
The Book of Danielp. 405
The Book of Hoseap. 414
The Book of Joelp. 423
The Book of Amosp. 430
The Book of Obadiahp. 439
The Book of Jonahp. 445
The Book of Micahp. 453
The Book of Nahump. 459
The Book of Habakkukp. 465
The Book of Zephaniahp. 472
The Book of Haggaip. 478
The Book of Zechariahp. 483
The Book of Malachip. 490
The Poetic Booksp. 495
The Book of Jobp. 500
The Book of Psalmsp. 512
The Book of Proverbsp. 527
The Book of Ecclesiastesp. 539
The Book of the Song of Songsp. 547
The Book of Lamentationsp. 555
Epiloguep. 561
Name Indexp. 563
Subject Indexp. 573
Scripture Indexp. 583
Appendix: Mapsp. 607
Egypt: Land of Bondage
The Tribal Allotments of Israel
The Neo-Assyrian Empire
The Kingdom of David and Solomon (United Kingdom)
The Kingdoms of Israel and Judah (Divided Kingdom)
The Rise of the Neo-Babylonian Empire
The Persian Empire
Judah During the Exile
Ancient Near East from 1200-1000 BC
Cross Sectional Views of Longtitudinal Zones
The Route of the Exodus
Northern Coastal Plains Jezreel Valley, Galilee, Bashan
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