Encountering the Old Testament, Second Edition with CD-ROM
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Number of Pages: 528
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 10.00 X 7.00 X 1.25 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Encountering Biblical Studies
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Endorsements of the First Edition
"The authors are commended for providing their readers with a lucid survey of the Old Testament. They cover a wide array of issues in an easy to read text. Complex issues receive a balanced treatment. The illustrations, sidebars, glossary, and study questions open up the relevance of the biblical text both in its ancient context and in our modern situation. A very useful volume."--Willem A. VanGemeren, professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages, Trinity International University
"Baker has done extensive market research and come up with a pleasing and useful format for its 'Encountering Biblical Studies' series, including the use of auxiliary helps, such as an interactive CD-ROM, books of related readings, and teacher's guides. This particular volume is written in a clear and engaging style, and is generously graced with study questions, summaries, listing of key terms, suggestions for further reading, illustrations, charts, and maps. The college-level students for whom this is written will find that this is truly what it claims to be: a textbook aimed at them. It is not the generic, all-purpose work that is too often produced, aimed at all (college and seminary students, pastors, scholars, and interested laypeople) and succeeding at hitting very few. Arnold and Beyer are well-versed in their fields and they succeed at explicating the message of the Old Testament in clear, readable style. A fine, college-level survey that sets a high standard for all such surveys in the future."--David M. Howard, Jr., Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
"Encountering the Old Testament is packed with data, but is not cluttered. An abundance of visuals, including charts that clearly summarize complex issues, together with a most inviting format whet the appetite for study. Hardly could an inquisitive student ask for better guidance."--Elmer Martens, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary
"For college students who are encountering the Old Testament for the first time, this attractively produced textbook offers a clear and helpful orientation to the world and literature of the Old Testament. The full-color photographs and maps, as well as the user-friendly charts, sidebars, review aids, and interactive CD-ROM, combine to invite everyone who opens this book to begin reading it immediately--a refreshing improvement over the standard textbook fare!"--Richard Schultz, Wheaton College
Bryan E. Beyer (Ph.D., Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Columbia International University Seminary and School of Missions. He is the author of Encountering the Book of Isaiah and coeditor (with Bill Arnold) of Readings from the Ancient Near East.
Reviews of the First Edition
"Speaking as one who has started literally dozens of Old Testament surveys and found only a few worthy of completing, I highly recommend this volume to all who read the Old Testament. . . .This is a five star recommendation."--George Thomas, Messenger
"This volume is warmly recommended for the undergraduate environment or a Christian education class with the ambitious and laudable goal of reading and exploring the world of the Hebrew Scriptures."--Keith Bodner, Faith & Mission
"This book is an excellent Bible survey resource tool. . . . This series is useful to both new students of the Bible and those who have studied the Old Testament in more depth but need occasional access to good survey material."--Pam Betker, Bibliotheca Sacra
"One student aptly summarized the general consensus in regard to the book when she wrote, 'it was very interesting and caught my attention without going over my head.' This assessment and others like it indicate that Encountering the Old Testament should make a valuable contribution to Christian higher education as an introductory textbook for years to come."--Michael Pabarcus, Stone-Campbell Journal
"This book is an outstanding survey text of the Old Testament. It can be used as a personal reference book or as a textbook for a course in Old Testament Introduction. The authors have done an excellent job presenting key information in a very interesting and readable style."--Paul C. Boling, Christian Library Journal
"Every so often, there appears a new book that is a cut above anything else in its field. This latest effort by Arnold and Beyer is just such a work. . . . It is by far the best introduction to come along in the last twenty years or so."--Southwestern Journal of Theology
"The intended market for Encountering the Old Testament is freshman survey courses in evangelical colleges. For my money, it is the best book of its sort I've ever seen, a very impressive achievement. In fact, I would happily assign the book in my own Old Testament class at a state university if I used a survey approach."--Ed Christian, Seminary Studies
"I think many beginning college students in this computer age would be more likely to read (and learn!) from this book than from many standard, dull and boring monochrome texts."--Joel F. Drinkard, Review & Expositor
"Teachers and students will find the book useful for its purpose. Aspects of history, geography, sociology, criticism, and theology are introduced. [This volume] should be in Bible colleges and seminary libraries. Pastors and interested laypeople will also benefit from [it]."--David W. Baker, Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin
"This volume presents the best and most complete college-level survey of the Old Testament presently available. It incorporates contemporary media and formats, not only in terms of its CD-ROM, but also with the splendid use of color illustrations, photos, charts, maps, and inserts throughout the book."--Richard S. Hess, Denver Seminary Journal Online
"Written from an Evangelical point of view, the critical scholarship that undergirds this work can certainly serve the needs and interests of a much broader audience. . . . It provides initial outlines of the biblical material under discussion, a list of objectives for its study, sidebars that provide additional explanation of important issues, study questions, and an exceptionally helpful glossary of terms. Charts, maps, and pictures illustrate and further explain the material. . . . This volume can be read by those who are looking for a sound yet introductory treatment of the biblical material."--Dianne Bergant, Bible Today
"The format of the text is well designed and the content presentation is suitable for a beginning student of the OT. . . . The CD supplements the text with movie clips and hypertext formatted pages that contain roughly the same material as the text in an easily navigable manner. . . . The CD product will prove helpful to students as they attempt to work their way through the text and material. . . . [This volume] will undoubtedly serve undergraduate and Bible institute students well."--Keith Essex and Dennis M. Swanson, Master's Seminary Journal
"This volume includes an interactive CD-ROM that allows the student to receive enhanced treatments of biblical maps, photographs of biblical lands, and interactive review questions. A strength of the whole Encountering series is applicable to this volume: the sturdy paper and binding, the liberal use of color for informative sidebars and photos, and the frequent positioning of summaries, study questions, and suggestions for further reading. . . . This textbook should appeal to students and will serve them with reliable information."--Forrest L. Bivens, Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly
tboyerva4 Stars Out Of 5July 24, 2013tboyervaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I have been enjoying this overview of the Old Testament. It does a good job of tieing together events and circumstances that a study of a particular book of the Bible might miss.
Jonathan BeckerBlue Springs, MOAge: 18-24Gender: Male3 Stars Out Of 5Depends on what you're looking for.January 31, 2013Jonathan BeckerBlue Springs, MOAge: 18-24Gender: MaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 2I purchased this book because it is required reading for one of my upcoming Old Testament classes. The books has its fair share of positives and negatives.
-The book is well-organized and easy to navigate.
-The authors write from an unflinching evangelical perspective.
-The authors occasionally allow their worldview to get in the way of an objective treatment of OT critical issues.
-The text is not dealt with very thoroughly. Only large themes are brought out.
-Background data is not very plentiful.
-Certain viewpoints are simply asserted at times (but not too often).
If you are looking for a decent evangelical treatment of the OT, this is sure to benefit you.
renahAge: Over 653 Stars Out Of 5Not focused enough on what OT actually saysSeptember 12, 2012renahAge: Over 65Quality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2This book was the required text for an OT survey class I am auditing. However, if you are looking for a book that will give you a solid grounding in OT, you may be disappointed in this particular text.
I had anticipated that the required text for this class would focus primarily on what the OT actually says. This book failed to meet that expectation. It inserts a great deal from evangelical / NT perspective + a lot of theory / suppositions from scholars inclined to read their own ideas into the text and into other resources they choose to cite. It would have been better if authors had simply let the OT text speak for itself. For example, it would have been helpful if authors had included more explanations of Hebrew words / idioms from original text that might not be clear to us in modern world.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a text that includes evangelical interpretation of OT, this book provides a generous helping of that.
Sixto PerezVineland, NJAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5AwesomeFebruary 3, 2012Sixto PerezVineland, NJAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This book is one that every serious Bible study should have on their desk. The interactive DVD makes it all the more an exciting learning tool.
JarredWest Coast CanadaAge: 45-54Gender: male1 Stars Out Of 5Attractive look but weak contentAugust 14, 2011JarredWest Coast CanadaAge: 45-54Gender: maleThis is the textbook used in my Bible college for Old Testament Survey first year course. It was the most colorful but theologically the weakest book I studied from. The strenghts include a CD-ROM, a lot of illustrations and maps.
There are two specific things I didn't like in the contents. First was the term "retribution theology" used to explain about the Blessings and Curses as presented in the Books of Moses. I find it offensive to refer to God's spiritual law as important as the Blessings and Curses by the term "retribution theology".
The second thing is too much emphasis on historical and literary criticism of the Bible. Literary and historical criticism has its roots in Germany and it led to liberal theology through questioning the innerancy of the Bible.
I don't we should give credibility to God's enemies such as Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher or Rudolf Bultmann. I would rather fill my brain with things that are true, noble and just. The textbook could mention the issues, but without legitimizing the historical and literary criticism.
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