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Old Testament Turning Points: The Narratives That Shaped a Nation

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Adam and Eve, God's covenant with Abraham, the deportation of Judah and their eventual return to Jerusalem--these are the Old Testament stories most people remember, and for good reason. According to veteran Old Testament professor Victor Matthews, these stories are essential to the identity of Israel as God's people.
Matthews identifies eight landmark stories that not onl
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Baker Academic (first published 2005)
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Jul 18, 2010 Pearlie rated it liked it
This will not be much of a book review -- more like a book grumble. I have started on it at least twice over the year, but I could not finish it. Maybe it is me, but I find the book hard to read because it has a table or diagram in almost every page, and these tables or diagrams does not flow with the text. They are just there as information, and they irk me so much.

The thing is this: if I stop to view them, I'd loose the flow in my reading and if I skip them to maintain the flow in my read, th
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Jan 10, 2010 Christine rated it really liked it
This book examines different literary themes present in the Old Testament and how these themes are continued and expanded throughout the books and recordings of Old Testament history. The book is rather dense and thorough, making it one that is best read a bit at a time, but consistently so as not to loose track of the author's progression and explanations which are very interconnected with different motifs introduced throughout the book.

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Victor H. Matthews (PhD, Brandeis University) is dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs and professor of religious studies at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. He is the author of numerous books, including Manners and Customs in the Bible, Studying the Ancient Israelites, Old Testament Turning Points, and The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Genesis–Deuteronomy.
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