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Each commentary provides a verse-by-verse analysis of critical exegetical matters that are then synthesized into a progressively building understanding of the text and interpretation. This includes analysis of problems in history, word meaning, syntactical and grammatical issues, text history, and many other exegetically relevant issues. Nevertheless, despite the breadth of their scope, volumes in teh series remain relatively compact in comparison to series who share its aims and scope.
- Audience: Students, Pastors, and Scholars
- Perspective: Moderate/Liberal (See Author) Scripture: Inspired
- General Acceptance of Higher Critical authorship theories, and the reader should be familiar with these type of textual criticism/li>
- Knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary, but a willingness to engage concepts from it will be necessary
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Series: Old Testament Library
Haggai and Zechariah 1-8: Old Testament Library [OTL]David L. PetersenWestminster John Knox Press / 1984 / Trade Paperback$33.49 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Introduction to the Old Testament: Old Testament Library [OTL]J. Alberto SogginWestminster John Knox Press / 1999 / Trade Paperback$49.50 Retail:
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This volume in the Old Testament Library series focuses on Zechariah and Malachi.
The Old Testament Library provides fresh and authoritative treatments of important aspects of Old Testament study through commentaries and general surveys. The contributors are scholars of international standing.
David L. Petersen is Franklin Nutting Parker Professor of Old Testament at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the author of several books, including The Prophetic Literature: An Introduction and Zechariah 9-14 and Malachi in the Old Testament Library series.
Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Good commentary!June 20, 2017Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5David Petersen worked another decade before he finished what he began in the earlier Haggai and Zechariah 1-8. Both volumes are in the respected Old Testament Library (OTL) series.
Unlike the earlier volume, he covered both prophets and books in one Introduction. He began by stating that the last 10 chapters of the Old Testament (the chapters he covers) are as difficult as any in the OT.
He goes into a lengthy discussion of the historical context of these prophets. Though I would disagree on several points, this discussion was fascinating and the most valuable of the entire book.
Next, he explains why Zechariah had to be chopped up in his view. His arguments dont hold for this reviewer, but be does write clearly so you can trace his thinking. He is briefer in his discussion of Malachi.
The commentary is in the same style as the earlier volume and for several others in the series for that matter.
This will be my go-to volume if I want to study how the other side of scholarship views these prophets. Again, he writes in a clear words and provides a transparent presentation of what he believes. For what it is, this is an important book.
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