Isaiah: Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary
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Edited By: John W. Walton
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A leading reference for engaging the historical and cultural context of the Old Testament!Most people today see the Old Testament as a closed, irrelevant group of antiquated books. Bias perspectives and cultural perspectives seem insurmountable, and the mindset of the Old Testament almost unbelievable. Combined, all of this leads to the tendency to reduce the Old Testament and the meaning of its passages to our definitions and smother it in our prejudices. The distortion of its meaning becomes inevitable.

Combining informative entries and full-color photos and the graphics, the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary brings readers back to the ancient world in a way unlike other commentaries. Its unique visual approach--backed by the very best scholarship--will help readers connect with the historical and cultural contexts of the Old Testament.

Features:
  • Numerous photographs, drawings, maps, diagrams, and charts provide a visual feast that breathes fresh life into the text
  • Passage-by-passage commentary presenting archaeological findings, historical explanations, geographic insights, notes on manners and customs, and more.
  • Analysis of the literature of the Ancient Near East that will open your eyes to see new depths of understanding of both familiar and unfamiliar passages

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 7.10 X 4.70 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0310492092
ISBN-13: 9780310492092
Series: Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary

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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.

 

The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary invites you to enter the Old Testament with a company of guides, experts that will give new insights into these cherished writings.

Isaiah features include:
• Over 2000 photographs, drawings, maps, diagrams and charts to provide a visual feast that breathes fresh life into the text.
• Passage-by-passage commentary presenting archaeological findings, historical explanations, geographic insights, notes on manners and customs, and more.
• Analysis into the literature of the ancient Near East that will open your eyes to new depths of understanding both familiar and unfamiliar passages.

Author Bio

David W. Baker (PhD, University of London) is professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Ashland Theological Seminary.

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. Tom
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Informative with lots of illustrations
    April 11, 2016
    Tom
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 3
    This volume is a high quality production in terms of paper and binding. It provides quite a bit of background information on history and practices during Isaiah's times and includes many apt photos and illustrations. With only about 190 pages of narrative and one or two illustrations on nearly every page, however, it is somewhat brief. As to content, the reader will find that the author presents much of what Isaiah writes in the context of surrounding pagan practices. Such is informative but, in my opinion, not very helpful in interpreting the book. Still, the background information on the history of the era and on Jewish religion, culture and government make it worthwhile.
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