This full-color third edition of a widely acclaimed textbook has been expanded and redesigned in both text and graphical elements, making it even more beneficial for today's student.
God has spoken through the Old Testament, revealing himself through his dealings with the nation of Israel. Thus, the purpose of reading and studying the Old Testament is to understand God and his redemptive work more fully. However, this goal is complicated by the fact that it was transmitted through a very different language and culture from our own. A Survey of the Old Testament provides an indispensable guide for students and other readers by exploring the literary, historical, and theological issues pertinent to each Old Testament book and the Old Testament as a whole.
For each Old Testament book (treated in the order of the English Bible canon), the survey addresses background information, purpose and message, structure and organization, and major themes. Chapters introducing each major section of the Old Testament are included, as are chapters dealing with issues of interpretation, geography, archeology, ancient Near East history, formation of the Old Testament canon, and the Old Testament's relationship to the New Testament. The text is enhanced throughout by maps, photos, timelines, charts, discussion questions, and bibliographies.