Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible  -     By: John H. Walton
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* A masterful introduction to the cultural context of the Old Testament. Surveying the literature of the ancient Near East, Walton demonstrates how the OT was influenced by, yet stood against, surrounding cultures. His insightful study will help students and pastors feel comfortable in the unfamiliar world of the Hebrew Bible and better able to interpret specific passages. 288 pages, softcover from Baker.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Baker
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0801027500
ISBN-13: 9780801027505
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Much of the Old Testament seems strange to contemporary readers. However, as we begin to understand how ancient people viewed the world, the Old Testament becomes more clearly a book that stands within its ancient context as it also speaks against it. John Walton provides here a thoughtful introduction to the conceptual world of the ancient Near East.

Walton surveys the literature of the ancient Near East and introduces the reader to a variety of beliefs about God, religion, and the world. In helpful sidebars, he provides examples of how such studies can bring insight to the interpretation of specific Old Testament passages. Students and pastors who want to deepen their understanding of the Old Testament will find this a helpful and instructive study.

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John H. Walton (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including A Survey of the Old Testament, Old Testament Today, and The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament.

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  1. Virginia
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great for OT Background Understanding
    February 8, 2013
    The Reader
    Virginia
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is excellent if you would like to better understand the background of the Old Testament. Understanding the 'conceptual world' or worldview and customs of the ANE allows one to better understand the OT, period. Walton is one of the best OT scholars and this book is essentially comparative studies on a variety of topics. It is thoroughly enriching, and an easy read (esp. to use as a reference). Also, the price of the book is so low that it makes it a great value to buy as it is absolutely loaded with helpful information.
  2. Blue Springs, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Pretty Much Perfect.
    January 7, 2013
    Jonathan Becker
    Blue Springs, MO
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    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Admittedly I was a bit sceptical of John Walton after reading his book on Genesis one. This isn't because I disagree (I actually agree quite a bit) but because he had not met my expectations as far as communicating his view. However, this book is far different and far better. Walton touches on each issue of ANE culture enough to introduce his readers to the way in which ancient people thought, yet his presentation was not exceedingly cumbersome. Occasionally, Walton had some dark boxes in which he included a comparative study between ancient israel and the rest of the ANE. These portions alone would be worth the price of the whole. For those who really love the OT, Walton has given us an outstanding introduction to the culture and thought patterns that lie behind its development. Thanks Dr. Walton.
  3. North Syracuse, NY
    Age: 45-54
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Outstanding read!
    February 25, 2012
    David Kilpatrick
    North Syracuse, NY
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    Quality: 5
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    This book does an excellent job of painting a picture of the way the ancient peoples around Israel thought about their gods, society, morality, nature, etc. I had 8 seminary courses on the OT back in the 80s, and yet this volume boosted my understanding tremendously. It's like all these years I've been watching the OT on a small, black-and-white TV and now I'm watching on a high-definition color TV. This helped me better understand the world of the OT and will keep me from importing our modern, Western perspectives onto the scriptural text.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 22, 2008
    david s.
    An outstanding survey that helps to give one a grasp of many ancient near eastern concepts of which the 'old testament' was a part. This is an intelligent, well laid out book. A bullseye ! A must for those seeking to understand the old testament in it's own time and culture.
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