Most Old Testament survey texts focus on introducing the content of the Old Testament books with little attention to the important theological issues. It is precisely those theological issues that lie at the heart of the Christian claim that the Old Testament is the inspired Word of God. While Discovering the Old Testament is not an Old Testament theology, every chapter demonstrates the conviction of the authors that God was at work in the people and events of the Old Testament. Wesleyan perspectives on sin, salvation, grace, faith, holiness, and the hope of the believer undergird each chapter and are summarized in the theological sidebars. Both students and teachers will find Discovering the Old Testament inviting them into the message of the Old Testament. Clear and concise explanations, easy-to-read summaries, and attractive visual aids answer the questions and remove the misunderstandings that keep people from reading and enjoying the study of the Old Testament.
Every professor has to wonder, with skepticism, how much of the assigned material the students will actually read. (That is, if they have even purchased the textbook in the first place!) Whether they skim or read all of it, your students will recall the key points of the lesson if you use Discovering the Old Testament.Discovering the Old Testament defines key terms in sidebars and highlights them within the text. Each chapter includes summary statements and review questions to help students focus on what they’ve learned. Discovering the Old Testament combines all the elements you’re looking for in a survey of the Old Testament - thorough, sound Biblical scholarship, combined with an eye-catching format and a writing style that’s easy to understand. Every page is full color, in an attractive format, with maps and pictures to enhance the material.In Discovering the Old Testament, you’ll find:Objectives defined for each lesson.Personal questions to help students relate the Bible to their lives.Sidebars to explain theological points.Keywords identified and defined on each page.Study questions for review of the material.Summary statements at the end of each chapter to help students focus on what they’ve learned.Listing of resources for further study at the end of each chapter.An eye-catching format that’s attractive to the young college student. EVERY page is in full color.Short, readable chapters.
Robert Branson, former professor of Biblical Literature at Olivet Nazarene University, also taught at Warner Southern College and Eastern Nazarene College. He has retired and lives with his wife in Pendleton, Indiana. Timothy M. Green is dean of the Millard Reed School of Theology and Christian Ministry and the university chaplain at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, where he also serves as professor of Old Testament literature and theology. He received his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Vanderbilt University. JIM EDLIN is professor of biblical literature and languages and the Dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy at MidAmerica Nazarene University. He earned an MDiv from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a ThM and PhD in Old Testament studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His previous publications include NBBC, Daniel and Discovering the Old Testament (Beacon Hill Press). He is a frequent contributor to Adult Faith Connection and Illustrated Bible Life (WordAction). Alex Varughese is professor of biblical literature at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and has been a member of the Department of Religion at MVNU since 1982. Previous to his current position, he served as a professor in the religion department at Eastern Nazarene College. He is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Kerala, India. He received his M.A. in religion from Olivet Nazarene University and M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary. He also holds M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in biblical studies from Drew University. He is currently serving as the Managing Editor for The Centennial Initiative Textbook project for the Church of the Nazarene.
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