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Old Testament Survey: The Message, Form, and Background of the Old Testament

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  254 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
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, 877 pages
Published September 3rd 1996 by Eerdmans (first published 1982)
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Jan 28, 2012 Bill rated it liked it
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.)
Jonathan St.clair
Dec 18, 2012 Jonathan St.clair rated it it was ok
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
Apr 02, 2015 Kelvin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overview of Chapters 12-16, 18-23, 27, 31-36, 42-44 & 49-50

This book has become my friend.


Intensely boring and intensely interesting. I have only read Chapters 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 & 27. The book appears to be very detailed and for those who want to do an in-depth Old Testament study an excellent read.


Chapters 12, 13, 14 15, 31, 41, 42, 43, 44, 49 & 50

For me this is a heavy book. It is also valuable and enlightening resource. I am very thankful every-time I delve into i
Brent McCulley
Oct 04, 2013 Brent McCulley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ot-studies
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
Robert Miner
Nov 01, 2016 Robert Miner rated it it was ok
As a textbook for a liberal arts undergrad, maybe. For a student of theology, too simplistic, too superficial.
To some degree, too inaccurate.
Characteristic of cultural evangelicalism, in a generally conservative work, the authours inject the results of German liberal theology without reflection or discerment.
Frustrating at best, heretical at worst.
Melisa Peebles
Jun 07, 2012 Melisa Peebles rated it liked it
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.
Jul 01, 2012 Christopher rated it liked it
I'd give it 3.5 stars if I could...pretty good in many areas but can be kind of a bore at other times.
Jun 18, 2016 Joshua rated it really liked it
Very good and concise - so good mine has gone missing.
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Definitely one of my resource book as I study the OT. As with all commentaries, they need to be read with discernment and in combination with other sources.
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