Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary Old Testament, 5 Volumes  -     By: John H. Walton, David W. Baker, Daniel I. Block
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Many today find the Old Testament to be a closed book---but this accessible behind-the-scenes perspective will open your eyes to the historical and cultural background of these cherished writings. Filled with photographs, maps, drawings, and charts, it offers passage-by-passage commentary; explanations of archaeological findings, historical observations, geographical insights, and customs; and an analysis of ancient Near Eastern literature. Five hardcovers.

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.50 X 7.50 X 11 (inches)
ISBN: 0310255724
ISBN-13: 9780310255727
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Many today find the Old Testament a closed book. The cultural issues seem insurmountable and we are easily baffled by that which seems obscure. Furthermore, without knowledge of the ancient culture we can easily impose our own culture on the text, potentially distorting it. This series invites you to enter the Old Testament with a company of guides, experts that will give new insights into these cherished writings. Features include • Over 2000 photographs, drawings, maps, diagrams and charts provide a visual feast that breathes fresh life into the text. • Passage-by-passage commentary presents archaeological findings, historical explanations, geographic insights, notes on manners and customs, and more. • Analysis into the literature of the ancient Near East will open your eyes to new depths of understanding both familiar and unfamiliar passages. • Written by an international team of 30 specialists, all top scholars in background studies.

Author Bio

John H. Walton (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament; Ancient Israelite Literature in Its Cultural Context; Covenant: God’s Purpose, God’s Plan; The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament; and A Survey of the Old Testament.

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  1. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    Caution is Advised with John H. Walton in Genesis
    March 12, 2015
    Dr. David Crews
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 1
    While I appreciate much of Walton's commentary, I have found him to be clearly 'over the top' critical of conservative Genesis theology. Casting doubt on the Word of God, in any form, but especially in the name of scholarship, is not attractive to most readers of the Scriptures today. I understand Walton swoons the academic community by his comments, but I am not impressed by anything or anyone that says they subscribe to the "inerrancy of the Scriptures" while at the same time writing statements which clearly, definitely contradict this.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great product at a very good price.
    February 22, 2013
    Richard Stenbakken
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Very usable product with good scholarship behind the writing and articles. User friendly yet with deeper meanings.
  3. Charlotte, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 3, 2012
    JUDI
    Charlotte, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Good overall summary of the Bible books with cultural references.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Bible study tool!
    February 25, 2012
    Pekka Perho
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Gives background information on all the essential verses of the Old Testament. The pictures and illustrations are fantastic!

    I highly recommend this to anyone interested in a deeper study of the Bible. Also very useful for preaching and teaching.
  5. Florence, Cape Breton NS, Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Zondervan helps you get through the Study Bible!
    January 14, 2011
    TJNugent
    Florence, Cape Breton NS, Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Zondervan gives you a brief description of who, what, where, when, and why. And then it adds little features that keep you interested such as maps, illustrations of typical tools, household wares, to help explain the life such as during their 40 years in the desert. Now Genesis was a hard book to read but there was mostly one type of information and that is the beget etc, etc,,, but to me the two hardest books were Numbers and Deuteronomy because there were the families, but then there was also the history, the Who, why, when and consequences of your actions by Gods laws and still remembering that Moses is in charge of a substantial army and Zondervan Old Testament gives you a good background than helps you by explaining as neutral as possible the reasons, the happenings and then gives you the books intertwined with explanations to aid you in figuring out a lot of things. When I was just using a Study Bible, I felt the closest source to the best translation was the Georgian Orthodox Church (which I found exciting but a little funny because it uses King James the First Version as a source of reference to the old Testament but King James used the same Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek Translation of the old Testament as the Georgian Bible, but I know Zondervan uses NIV for its Bible Reference, but if I find any differences than I go back to my Study Bible and check out the differences and than make my own opinion of what might have happened. But I still think it a good idea to have read the Bible and in that way you get so much more eye opening explanations and answers to your questions. BUT remember their are as many explanations for a verse as there is Bibles so a good idea is to slowly add other reference material from other religions and people that you get a good distribution of an answer to your questions. But these illustrated Bible backgrounds and Commentary is a very good place to start trying to find your answers. I am a little biased in that I use a lot of Zondervan because they meet my intellect Level and pictures are very helpful, see what I mean....Hardy Laugh... Not saying the Books are made of non-intellectual people just thata picture is worth a thousand words and if you read them and then see a picture or an explanation in simpler terms, it's Fantastic.

    Thanking you for reading this.

    Tom
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