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Old Testament Survey: The Message, Form, and Background of the Old Testament
This standard textbook on the background, content, and message of the Old Testament is now thoroughly revised and updated and takes full account of new research in the field of Old Testament studies. This second edition features a new chapter on archaeology and the Old Testament by Robert E. Cooley, and other key chapters have been updated and expanded by leading scholars ...more
Hardcover, 860 pages
Published September 3rd 1996 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
(first published 1982)
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Reliable but not outstanding. Provides a basic and mostly uninspiring framework for every OT book. I would have liked more interaction with recent scholarship (although the book is no longer new), a better treatment of biblical theology and a consistent format for each chapter. (My Old Testament survey text.)
This is my only seminary textbook I wish I hadn't bought. I will rarely ever use this again. The Fuller faculty have shown their true colors here. Nearly every Old Testament book is presented in a very skeptical way. It seems the authors only trust the Scriptures where it lines up with known history and archaeology. Their affirmation of the inspiration of the Scriptures is quite lacking. I was left wondering why these men even spend the time to study the Bible when they apparently place so littl ...more
A fantastic survey of the Old Testament background, and a fresh scholarly look at the Old Testament canon, Lasor offers a fantastic introductory tome that serves not only as an engaging read, but will serve as a useful reference tool in the future as well. The scholarship is not reactionary fundamental, nor is it critically skeptical, but rather, it is insightful, weighing multiple sides to many dynamic issues presented in the Old Testament text. Thankful to have gone through this giant text, as ...more
This book is a helpful introduction to the Old Testament; however, there is a newer Old Testament survey book that would be helpful to look at in addition to this one. I'm not sure what it's called, but John Walton is one of the contributing editors.
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