Introduction to the Old Testament   -     By: R.K. Harrison
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Introduction to the Old Testament

Hendrickson Publishers / 2016 / Paperback

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Unmatched in detail, scholarly rigor, and refinement---even after 50 years. Harrison reviews the entire history of Old Testament criticism, setting the proper historical and theological context for the Hebrew Scriptures. He then discusses each book in the OT---along with an overview of the Apocrypha. His engagement with perennial issues of OT scholarship makes this an indispensable classic. 1344 pages, softcover from Hendrickson.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 1344
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9781619707498

Publisher's Description

An Indispensable Resource for Old Testament Studies



"The present work is an attempt to evaluate the contents of the Old Testament and the Apocrypha against the vast background of knowledge that is now available for students of ancient Near Eastern life and culture." (From the Preface)



With characteristic understatement, R. K. Harrison embarked on this massive "attempt"--and produced a volume that for scrupulous detail, scholarly rigor, and sheer erudition has remained unmatched for nearly fifty years.



Writing from his own apparently limitless scholarship combined with a conservative perspective, Harrison first reviews the entire history of Old Testament criticism and sets the Hebrew scriptures in their full historical and theological context. He then presents a detailed discussion of each Old Testament book, along with a lucid overview of the apocryphal books.



Harrison's engagement of the perennial issues and problems of Old Testament scholarship make this classic text a vital foundation for a new generation of scholars. For contemporary Old Testament studies, this highly respected volume continues to be the essential point of departure.

Author Bio

R. K. Harrison (1920-1993) was for many years professor of Old Testament studies at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. He published several volumes of the Tyndale Old Testament Commentary and served as editor for the New Unger's Bible Dictionary, Encyclopedia of Biblical Ethics, and Old Testament Times.

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