Bridge Between the Testaments is not a monograph in the usual sense of the term. It is a really first-rate textbook, intended primarily for students but containing many insights that their teachers will value. This book can be recommended without reserve as a readable and very judicious introduction to a difficult period that has long baffled Christian scholars.
The difficult postexilic period of Old Testament history is described clearly, with a good sense for pertinent details.After covering the history (pp. 11-160), the author investigates: institutions like home, religion, government, and education; literature like the Septuagint, Old Testament canon, apocrypha, mishnah, and Talmud; theological strata like wisdom, torah, and new beliefs.
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