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Reading the Historical Books: A Student's Guide to Engaging the Biblical Text

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Biblical history can be some of the most difficult material for beginning students to grasp. The conventions of contemporary history writing are quite different from those of ancient Israelite writers. Here a master teacher offers basic orientation to the genre and conventions of the Old Testament historical books, helping students become careful and attentive readers.


Paperback, 178 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by Baker Academic (first published March 15th 2014)
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Aug 12, 2015 Kendall rated it liked it
Chapter 2 and the short conclusion are worth the price of the book. The rest of the book is tiresome. Too many examples, too repetitive. This short book (172 pages plus an introduction) would be outstanding if it were 100 pages.
Feb 03, 2016 Ethan rated it it was amazing
An excellent analysis of Old Testament historical narrative, equipping the modern reader and student with knowledge of the infrastructure, ideology, and methodology of the historical books of the Old Testament so as to be able to better understand and appreciate what is written.

The author does so by discussing the historical context of the ancient Near Eastern world, the styles used to write Biblical history, and the structure, purpose, methods, and conventions of the narratives. She provides a
Sep 02, 2014 Bill rated it liked it
A readable guide to understanding the historical books of the Old Testament. The list of questions to ask to unlock Old Testament narratives seems particularly practical and useful (see the conclusion). Some interesting discussion regarding the OT writers understanding of the nature of history.
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Extremely helpful volume on interaction with the OT historical books - accessible and relevant
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Patricia Dutcher-Walls (ThD, Graduate Theological Union) is professor of Hebrew scripture at Vancouver School of Theology in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she also serves as dean of studies and director of the library. She is the author of several books and a web-based Bible study curriculum.
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