Understanding the Old Testament can be daunting, especially for those called upon to preach and teach it to others. The varied literature of the Old Testament poses unique challenges and requires approaches different from those used in New Testament interpretation. This introductory guide provides an overview of the issues and methods for interpreting Old Testament texts. Not simply a book of theory, this book provides practical help to those who seek to interpret and apply the Old Testament. The authors, all leading evangelical scholars, were chosen because of their expertise in the areas discussed: language, literature, history, canon, theology, backgrounds , composition, and application.