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  1. Encountering the Old Testament, Second Edition with CD-ROM
    Encountering the Old Testament, Second Edition with CD-ROM
    Bill T. Arnold, Bryan E. Beyer
    Baker Academic / 2008 / Hardcover
    $29.49 Retail: $49.99 Save 41% ($20.50)
    4 Stars Out Of 5 8 Reviews
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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 24, 2013
    tboyerva
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I 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.
  2. Blue Springs, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Depends on what you're looking for.
    January 31, 2013
    Jonathan Becker
    Blue Springs, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 2
    I 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.

    Positives:

    -The book is well-organized and easy to navigate.

    -The authors write from an unflinching evangelical perspective.

    Negatives:

    -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.
  3. Age: Over 65
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not focused enough on what OT actually says
    September 12, 2012
    renah
    Age: Over 65
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This 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.
  4. Vineland, NJ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome
    February 3, 2012
    Sixto Perez
    Vineland, NJ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This 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.
  5. West Coast Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Attractive look but weak content
    August 14, 2011
    Jarred
    West Coast Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    This 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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