The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament
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How can we account for the "Book of the Law" suddenly being discovered during Josiah's renovation of the temple (2 Chronicles 34:14)? We know from Egypt and Mesopotamia that it was common to seal important documents, including theological documents, in the masonry or foundations of a palace or temple in order to inform a future king who might undertake restoration of the building.
What might the psalmist have had in mind when praising God for removing our transgressions "as far as the east is from the west" (Psalms 103:12)? In an Egyptian hymn to Amun-Re, the deity is praised for his judgment of the guilty. As a result of the God's discernment, the guilty are assigned to the east and the righteous to the west.
Written in a clear, non-technical language, this invaluable aid includes a glossary of historical terms, ancient peoples, texts, and inscriptions; maps and charts of important historical resources; expanded explanations of significant background issues; introductory essays on the background of each book.
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- a glossary of historical terms, ancient peoples, texts and inscriptions
- maps and charts of important historical resources
- expanded explanations of significant background issues
- introductory essays on each book of the Old Testament
"This volume [ The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Genesis--Deuteronomy, a precursor to this new, complete OT volume] provides Bible readers who have little knowledge of the ancient world an abundance of information on the sociocultural background of texts throughout the Pentateuch. The authors present the materials in a clear, concise, straightforward manner. . . . This book is a splendid tool that provides ready access to the cultural background of the books of the Pentateuch."
Minister of the Lord2 Stars Out Of 5This is not an exegetical or exposition of OT scriptureAugust 8, 2015Minister of the LordQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0i had to review for my independent study course. This material may be frustrating for some who are thinking it will be more like the commentaries they are used to reading. This book can be used for research along with an exegetical or exposition scripture commentary. There is another good OT background commentry that many scholars used for their resources [I used to have one]; however, I can not think of the name and author of it right now -- it was quite a while ago. Nevetheless, it was very detailed and covered at lot of the background cultural, terrain, etc.
Bill1 Stars Out Of 5Agree with Andrew reviewJanuary 31, 2015BillQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1This is not the same author as New Test. I found this to be frustrating...beware. Instead of insightful teachings into Biblical culture...and how the verse and persons in the Bible relate to this culture...in most instances it leaves the verses entirely and goes into other religious myths....Bible characters, perspectives and insights into the culture are replaced with what other religions believe. If I wanted other religions I would not be studying the Bible as Gods Word. The format is not ebook (as in the New Test. background) but Adobe download ....does not give verse or chapter selections...poor, poor navigation. Would not recommend
Foxindy4 Stars Out Of 5This book is thorough for its size.February 14, 2012FoxindyQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3I do wish that this book cited sources for its information. It provides a lot of helpful information, but without citing primary sources, one must trust the authors without any verification.
Andrews2 Stars Out Of 5Disappointing.January 15, 2012AndrewsQuality: 5Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1This book is not written by the same author as its New Testament counterpart. It goes through almost every verse, but offers little insight into the culture or language. It has a lot of other countries mythologies. Beware as you read this, because it also has unmarked opinions, many of them questionable or wrong.
redeemedMiddleburg, PaAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5book is a gotta have it for serious Bible studyNovember 8, 2010redeemedMiddleburg, PaAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book goes into GREAT detail for the background of Biblical times. A great help for discovering the geography, culture, and history of Biblical people and places.
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