Old Testament Today: A Journey from Ancient Context to Contemporary Relevance, Second Edition
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Newly revised, Old Testament Today includes a book-by-book survey, new maps and graphics, and other updates throughout. Unique among Old Testament surveys, Old Testament Today not only provides an orientation to the world of the Old Testament, but also builds a bridge between the original audience and modern readers, demonstrating why the ancient message is important for faith and life today. It goes beyond basic content to help students understand what the Scriptures mean and how to apply them personally.
Taking readers progressively through the Old Testament, this text:
- presents the details of the content, focusing on the story line, historical background, and literary information that address the original setting and audience
- focuses on theology perspectives and on issues of the author's purpose and the universal message of the text, building a bridge between the original audience and today's audience
- develops an understanding of the relevance of the Old Testament writings to today's Christian, showing how they can be applied in personal faith and practice
Number of Pages: 512
Publication Date: 2014
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John H. Walton (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament; Ancient Israelite Literature in Its Cultural Context; Covenant: Gods Purpose, Gods Plan; The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament; and A Survey of the Old Testament.
Andrew E. Hill (PhD, University of Michigan) is professor of Old Testament studies at Wheaton College in Illinois. He is the coauthor with John Walton of A Survey of the Old Testament and the author of Malachi in the Anchor Bible commentary series. His articles have appeared in such scholarly publications as Hebrew Annual Review, Journal of Biblical Literature, and Vetus Testamentum.
Randy A BrownTNAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Lots of detail and color photosApril 12, 2014Randy A BrownTNAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Old Testament Today, A Journey from Ancient context to Contemporary Relevance by John H. Walton and Andrew E. Hill is now updated in this 2nd Edition from Zondervan. It takes a new look at the authority and value of the Old Testament. It shows how to study it by placing it in its proper context and shows how it applies today.
Most surveys of the Old Testament talk about the people, places, and events, but they rarely understand the â€˜why' behind the events. Rather than just focusing on the content, this book focuses on the concepts in the Old Testament.
Almost every page contains high quality images that include art, maps, artifacts, archaeological digs, timelines, scrolls, etc.
â€¢ Survey of each book
â€¢ Archaeological finds
â€¢ 150 most significant chapters
The book is divided into units, each covering a specific portion of the Old Testament: The Pentateuch, history, prophecy, and poetic books. Each unit starts with orientation, Yahweh focus, key verses, key plotline terms, an outline, and a timeline. Each unit ends with a list of reflections, key terms, and a list of books for further study. Each unit covers the books and their concepts in great detail.
The stance this book takes on the authority of the Old Testament is that it is the Word of God and that if you believe Jesus is the Christ then you must accept the OT as authoritative because he used it as such. Walton and Hill take the Scriptures for face value based on a worldview of faith. They explain that interpretation must take into consideration the genre, cultural perspective, and the focus of revelation (showing a difference in what the Israelites believed and what the text is communicating). So when the Scriptures use phrases such as windows of heaven, we should understand that the focus of revelation isn't that there are literal windows on heaven. They teach to be discerning of Scripture and to be careful with making claims of Scripture that Scriptures doesn't claim itself. In other words, ask if a claim is based on tradition or Scripture. The example given is of Galileo being persecuted because his scientific discovery that the earth is not the center of the universe went against the popular belief of his Church at the time.
Walton and Hill do cover a lot of theology, but they don't always take a specific stance themselves. For example, they conclude that God is the Creator, but they don't take a stance on the specifics. They conclude that we must be open to changing our views based on scientific research. I agree with this to an extent - we must be open minded and willing to change our views, but I would say that our interpretation of Scripture should be compared with other Scripture and not interpretive science. Scientists interpret facts based on pre-conceived ideas and we shouldn't just blindly accept those interpretations and assume our interpretation of Scripture is inaccurate. This requires critical thinking from both sides. Since Walton and Hill are focusing on way the Israelites interpreted Scripture, I would have liked to have seen more time spent on their interpretation of the Creation account. They do go out of their way to not read something into Scripture. They are careful not to make the Scriptures say something they are not saying.
There is much more in this book than I can describe. It is constructed well with a sewn binding and a hard cover with a textured feel. The paper and print is what I expect in a textbook: thick paper with full-color photos. And this books if filled with photos. It was a joy to read for this review. This is a great book for personal or group study and is perfect for the classroom setting.
Zondervan Academic provided this textbook free for review. I was not required to give a positive review- only an honest review. My opinions are my own.
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