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"I highly recommend this volume to all who read the Old Testament. . . .This is a five star recommendation." --Messenger "I highly recommend this volume to all who read the Old Testament. . . .This is a five star recommendation." --Messenger


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"I highly recommend this volume to all who read the Old Testament. . . .This is a five star recommendation." --Messenger "I highly recommend this volume to all who read the Old Testament. . . .This is a five star recommendation." --Messenger

30 review for Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey

  1. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    I'll start by saying I'm a master of divinity student and I'm assigned a lot of books for school and this was one of them . This is a survey of the entire old testament of the bible. In my opinion this book is outstanding. It is perfect as a biblical study or really just to read for more information on a specific book of the old testament. This book discusses in detail every book of the old testament and talks about the the theology behind various segments of the of the books. My personal favori I'll start by saying I'm a master of divinity student and I'm assigned a lot of books for school and this was one of them . This is a survey of the entire old testament of the bible. In my opinion this book is outstanding. It is perfect as a biblical study or really just to read for more information on a specific book of the old testament. This book discusses in detail every book of the old testament and talks about the the theology behind various segments of the of the books. My personal favorite was his discussion on the book of Isaiah listing many verses as they relate to Jesus in the new testament according to Christian theology. For me this book helped give the bible a sense of unity that I had never seen before. The Book draws parallels with being justified by Faith one such example is discussed in the authors discussion of the book of numbers where serpents are raised off the ground and anyone bitten by a snake would look up at the serpents and be saved. we look to Christ in Faith whom was also lifted up on the Cross and through him we have life. You see this same parallel in Genesis drawn by the author as Abraham being justified by his faith as the apostle Paul talks about in the new testament. I leaned a lot more from the book and strongly recommend it to anyone who maybe interested

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bret Walker

    Excellent, methodical survey of the Old Testament as seen through the eyes of Christian readers. The series makes for an excellent pair of college-level textbooks.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hank Pharis

    I have few complaints about this textbook. It did what it should very well. It is a very good survey text on the Old Testament for college students. I agreed with most of its theology. The only way I felt it could be better would be if it spent less time and energy on modern "critical" theories about the Old Tesament and instead had more to say about its application. (Note: I'm stingy with stars. For me 2 stars means a good book. 3 = Very good; 4 = Outstanding {only about 5% of the books I read m I have few complaints about this textbook. It did what it should very well. It is a very good survey text on the Old Testament for college students. I agreed with most of its theology. The only way I felt it could be better would be if it spent less time and energy on modern "critical" theories about the Old Tesament and instead had more to say about its application.(Note: I'm stingy with stars. For me 2 stars means a good book. 3 = Very good; 4 = Outstanding {only about 5% of the books I read merit this}; 5 = All time favorites {one of these may come along every 400-500 books})

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gregory Johnston

    This is a very fine Handbook to the Frist Testament. The content is well organized exploring the books according to the Christian canonical order. The author presents contrasting theological and historical views but does not goo very deep into any particular view. Instead he offers resources at the end of the chapters for further study on given subjects. Most times he sides with traditional evangelical views, but is very respectful to other traditions be it Orthodox Jewish, Reform Jewish, Roman This is a very fine Handbook to the Frist Testament. The content is well organized exploring the books according to the Christian canonical order. The author presents contrasting theological and historical views but does not goo very deep into any particular view. Instead he offers resources at the end of the chapters for further study on given subjects. Most times he sides with traditional evangelical views, but is very respectful to other traditions be it Orthodox Jewish, Reform Jewish, Roman Catholic, or Liberal Protestant traditions. It is evident that he does not have much use for the modern atheistic historical skeptic. I am personally fine with that as the presuppositions from that school of thinking are so close minded that they stretch their theories to the point of incredulity. Over all a fine handbook of the First Testament.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    This was a good overview of the Old Testament. The chapters go book by book through the OT, not only summarizing the contents of the books themselves, but giving historical backgrounds, literary analysis, and some of the more common criticisms for each book (i.e. authorship, time written, potential inaccuracies, etc.). While this is designed as a textbook for college students, it has value outside the classroom as well for anyone looking for an entry-level survey of the OT.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Scott Sheppard

    Quite a good theological survey of the Old Testament. This book includes pictures which help to highlight places and culture of the times in the text it discusses. While it does not assume a lot of the reader's previous exposure to scholarly study of the Old Testament, it does explain rich terms and ideas which may be unfamiliar to a broad audience. Quite a good theological survey of the Old Testament. This book includes pictures which help to highlight places and culture of the times in the text it discusses. While it does not assume a lot of the reader's previous exposure to scholarly study of the Old Testament, it does explain rich terms and ideas which may be unfamiliar to a broad audience.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Evan Staffieri

    A great, easy, introduction survey of the Old Testament! I only wish more topics were dealt with and brought up, but this was a fantastic and well written textbook, nonetheless, and I commend the authors for their hard work!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Miles Mullin

    Solid reference book for OT. Well-organized with good visuals, important terms, study questions, etc. It’s approach is decidedly evangelical. The authors see coherence between the testaments. It’s a great book to have on your shelf if you study the Bible.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rafael

    If you dedicate the time, this is a phenomenal introduction book for aspiring Bible nerds and aspiring biblical scholars. Would suggest to Bible Study teachers, and can be used as a reference. Overall it's not very dense for a dense read so it is enjoyable for lay people. If you dedicate the time, this is a phenomenal introduction book for aspiring Bible nerds and aspiring biblical scholars. Would suggest to Bible Study teachers, and can be used as a reference. Overall it's not very dense for a dense read so it is enjoyable for lay people.

  10. 5 out of 5

    T.M.

    Enjoyable read Found this book to be an enjoyable read. Provided enough information to be useful and not too much as to be dull and overbearing. Had this as a textbook for a class and it was quite useful for the various assignments required.

  11. 4 out of 5

    David Franklin

    Good textbook that surveys the Old Testament really well.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tayfuz

    Beyond informative- an absolute game changer in my reading of the Old Testament. This took my Bible reading to the next level!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Reis

    Very good! You MUST have in your bookshelf!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ee Yong

    One of the books that are clearly explanations about the OT. It is a good book for a student who studies Ministry.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dr. KC Robinson

    I absolutely enjoy the Encountering Biblical Studies series. The books are very informative, educational, and engaging for the reader and students.

  16. 5 out of 5

    David Wright

    Super insightful overview of the Old Testament!

  17. 4 out of 5

    J.

    Good OT survey textbook. Talks about retribution theology but doesn't explain it well. Good OT survey textbook. Talks about retribution theology but doesn't explain it well.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sunni LR

    Good variety of view points and super interesting

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lila

    Clear and detailed information on the Old Testament is a must-read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    John Crowe

    This is an excellent survey!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laurel (Yeetarandomwriter)

    1. I read this for my Biblical Literature Class on the Old Testament. 2. I read the third edition (I like the 3rd edition cover better hehe). 3. I only read the chapters in it (1- 34 and the epilogue. Not the preface/glossary etc). It was interesting 🖒. The class I am taking it with is fantastic (though sometimes it is too much work 😅). There were ideas that I hadn't thought of/agreed with before that made sense. Occasionally there would be info I was confused about (had I reccently read the books 1. I read this for my Biblical Literature Class on the Old Testament. 2. I read the third edition (I like the 3rd edition cover better hehe). 3. I only read the chapters in it (1- 34 and the epilogue. Not the preface/glossary etc). It was interesting 🖒. The class I am taking it with is fantastic (though sometimes it is too much work 😅). There were ideas that I hadn't thought of/agreed with before that made sense. Occasionally there would be info I was confused about (had I reccently read the books of the Bible the textbook was discussing, I would have understood), but that is only a minor complaint as it didn't happen very often. Great and entertaining for a textbook!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    We used this book as the main text for an Old Testament study this spring semester. It's more of a text book than a "reading for fun" book. Each chapter covers a books or grouping of books in the Old Testament, summarizing the book content at a high level, identifying main themes, and providing background of the authorship and historical settings surrounding the book. I thought it was useful reference and will likely refer to it again when I need a big picture summary surrounding a book of the B We used this book as the main text for an Old Testament study this spring semester. It's more of a text book than a "reading for fun" book. Each chapter covers a books or grouping of books in the Old Testament, summarizing the book content at a high level, identifying main themes, and providing background of the authorship and historical settings surrounding the book. I thought it was useful reference and will likely refer to it again when I need a big picture summary surrounding a book of the Bible.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Corinne

    Visually helpful and a great overview of each Old Testament book. There are many side notes on each subject that help to educate readers on the surrounding cultures of the day.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary_Ann

    I was initially very disappointed with the quality of this book when I first read it. I thought the pictures and color were very appealing in comparison to other Old Testament survey books, but the mistakes which I found in this book made me a bit wary. After a year's perspective, however, I feel that my initial review was too critical. Overall, I would say that this textbook gives a good overview of each book of the OT, and I feel that when I need a quick overview, I can refer back to it as a r I was initially very disappointed with the quality of this book when I first read it. I thought the pictures and color were very appealing in comparison to other Old Testament survey books, but the mistakes which I found in this book made me a bit wary. After a year's perspective, however, I feel that my initial review was too critical. Overall, I would say that this textbook gives a good overview of each book of the OT, and I feel that when I need a quick overview, I can refer back to it as a resource. My initial review was based mostly on the following mistakes: Verse references and illustration references in the book were incorrect, which I believe decreases its integrity and credibility. For example, on pg 214, the citation for 2 Sm 6:6-8 should actually be 2 Sm 5:6-8. Another example, on pg. 242, "Jotham of Israel" should actually be "Jotham of Judah". Other issues I had with this book: the key terms are never defined in the book. You have to look it up in the accompanying CD to find the definitions. Also, I found that often times, the point/message that the authors are trying to convey in their paragraphs and sections are never clearly stated (they beat around the bush and go in circles). Lastly, the attempts at application/contextualization seem to have been added to the ends of sections almost as an afterthought, and they stood out like a sore thumb with incongruence to the train of thought. Hopefully, with a good editor's eye, this book can be revised and improved to be a good resource for seminary students.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bethany B.

    Good overview and basic information but not a very strong flavor of reverence for the Bible as the inspired and perfect Word of God. Lots of glossy pictures and good summaries and questions. :-) Tries to explain everything and often uses non-biblical and pagan texts to shed light on the Bible. Says Leviathan and Behemoth are a crocodile and a hippo which seems a little anticlimactic. Glad I read it but wouldn't have wanted to unless I had other view points on the same stuff. Good overview and basic information but not a very strong flavor of reverence for the Bible as the inspired and perfect Word of God. Lots of glossy pictures and good summaries and questions. :-) Tries to explain everything and often uses non-biblical and pagan texts to shed light on the Bible. Says Leviathan and Behemoth are a crocodile and a hippo which seems a little anticlimactic. Glad I read it but wouldn't have wanted to unless I had other view points on the same stuff.

  26. 5 out of 5

    ♛primadonna♛

    Finished this class today.! Woot Woot.! It's from a Protestant/Christian viewpoint. I'm Catholic. I could've gotten along with it if it weren't for chapter 1. It did let me in on things I'd never paid attention to in the Bible and it helped me to stop believing what my friends and family always try to say "the old testament isn't That important" Not true. Not true at all. And that is why it's two stars instead of one. Now, onto selling this book... Finished this class today.! Woot Woot.! It's from a Protestant/Christian viewpoint. I'm Catholic. I could've gotten along with it if it weren't for chapter 1. It did let me in on things I'd never paid attention to in the Bible and it helped me to stop believing what my friends and family always try to say "the old testament isn't That important" Not true. Not true at all. And that is why it's two stars instead of one. Now, onto selling this book...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Beatrice

    This was my Bible textbook in tenth grade. It is actually presents the information in a very understandable way and it has great pictures. Just writing sentences on each paragraph is loathsome..

  28. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    A great read for an overview of the Bible. Repeated a lot of content though but brought up some interesting controversial historical issues (text validation, authors, archaeology, ect).

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sean McGowan

    Good.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Pinnola

    Text has good summaries and amazing visual features - colorful photos, maps, and charts.

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