The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament
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Does your knowledge of the Old Testament feel like a grab bag of people, books, events and ideas? How many times have you resolved to really understand the OT? To finally make sense of it?

Perhaps you are suffering from what Sandra Richter calls the "dysfunctional closet syndrome." If so, she has a solution. Like a home-organizing expert, she comes in and helps you straighten up your cluttered closet. Gives you hangers for facts. A timeline to put them on. And handy containers for the clutter on the floor. Plus she fills out your wardrobe of knowledge with exciting new facts and new perspectives.

The whole thing is put in usable order--a history of God's redeeming grace. A story that runs from the Eden of the Garden to the garden of the New Jerusalem. Whether you are a frustrated do-it-yourselfer or a beginning student enrolled in a course, this book will organize your understanding of the Old Testament and renew your enthusiasm for studying the Bible as a whole.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 260
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0830825770
ISBN-13: 9780830825776

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Does your knowledge of the Old Testament feel like a grab bag of people, books, events and ideas? How many times have you resolved to really understand the OT? To finally make sense of it? Perhaps you are suffering from what Sandra Richter calls the "dysfunctional closet syndrome." If so, she has a solution. Like a home-organizing expert, she comes in and helps you straighten up your cluttered closet. Gives you hangers for facts. A timeline to put them on. And handy containers for the clutter on the floor. Plus she fills out your wardrobe of knowledge with exciting new facts and new perspectives. The whole thing is put in usable order--a history of God's redeeming grace. A story that runs from the Eden of the Garden to the garden of the New Jerusalem. Whether you are a frustrated do-it-yourselfer or a beginning student enrolled in a course, this book will organize your understanding of the Old Testament and renew your enthusiasm for studying the Bible as a whole.

Author Bio

Sandra L. Richter (Ph.D., Harvard University) is professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College. She is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Harvard University's Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations department. Her publications include (Walter de Gruyter) and articles in (Eerdmans) and (InterVarsity Press).

Author Bio

Sandra L. Richter (Ph.D., Harvard University) is associate professor of Old Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary. She is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Harvard University's Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations department. Her publications include The Deuteronomistic History and the Name Theology (Walter de Gruyter) and articles in Eerdmans' Handbook to the Bible and Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books.

Editorial Reviews

"The Old Testament tells of God's creation and the redemption of his people. Granted, it is a story that climaxes in the New Testament, but the New Testament cannot be understood apart from the Old. Christians have neglected the study of the Old Testament because (if we are honest) we find it confusing and distant from Jesus Christ, the center of our faith. Sandra Richter's The Epic of Eden helps the reader discover the riches and passion of the Old Testament story. This book will not only expand your knowledge, it will deepen your spiritual life."
"Here is a text that will instruct its readers, no matter what level of expertise they bring to it. The author converses with her contemporary lay reader in a winsome manner, knowing well the cultural chasm that exists for many Western readers of the OT. At the same time, her years as both graducate student and professor are evident in her selection and presentation of key themes that introduce the OT. Both the text and the endnotes are goldmines of historical and theological observations and resources."
"A helpful first entry point into the OT."
"Using the image of a dysfunctional closet as her organizing metaphor, she provides a framework within which Old Testament data can be arranged and understaood. Wherever possible she links the biblical material with the New Testament references. Extensive endnotes are evidence of the research that undergirds this book, but the writing style is reader-friendly and captures one's imagination. Charts and illustrations throughout the book provide visual reinforcement of what is discussed. This is a very enjoyable introduction for beginners."
"Second only to my visiting Israel is The Epic of Eden in bringing the words of the Bible to life for me, at least as regards our watered-down understanding of the immensely important Biblical and historical concepts of covenant and redemption. . . . For anyone who needs to clean their Old Testament closet, The Epic of Eden is a wonderful organizational tool."

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  1. theChristianReviewer
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book to see God's plan of redemption for man throughout the entire Bible!
    January 5, 2017
    theChristianReviewer
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament" is a very engaging book to read. The author, Sandra Richter, structures this book in a way that solves a problem that she has termed "dysfunctional Old Testament closet syndrome" which likens our understanding of the big picture of the Old Testament to something like a cluttered closet. It's like we have more of snippets of stories and poems that at times feel unrelated to each other - more of just historical stories. Richter does a phenomenal job of "cleaning up" this proverbial closet of our less than full understanding of the Old Testament and effectively shows how the Old Testament plays very heavily into the story of redemption of mankind from where it was early on in the Garden of Eden all the way up to the new heaven and new earth in the book of Revelation. This book is published by the Academic arm of Intervarsity Press, but honestly, it was written well and anyone even if they are not in seminary or some college level class will get a lot out of this book. I honestly can't recommend this book highly enough. I would go as far as to say it's on my "must read" list. I received a copy of this book in exchange for this review from IVP and all opinions are my own.
  2. Anonymous
    Mooresville, IN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Absolute MUST HAVE for your library!
    January 15, 2013
    Anonymous
    Mooresville, IN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a great foundational book! I have been studying our "Hebrew Roots" for some time and this book truly helped pull together and organize all the information I've been learning. This is an easy read and a MUST HAVE. This book will be recommended to everyone I know or everyone who asks for a good resource.
  3. Sharon Fry
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 4, 2010
    Sharon Fry
    All my life I have read the stories of the Old Testament, but only as separate unrelated stories. In Epic of Eden, Dr. Richter has helped me identify the undeniable thread of COVENANT RELATIONSHIP that knits these stories together. I am forever grateful!
  4. Kirsten Moorehead
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 3, 2010
    Kirsten Moorehead
    Great background and historical information that really explains how current day readers can understand OT customs & actions so that we can apply Biblical themes and ideas into our context.
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