The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry Into the Old Testament
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The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry Into the Old Testament

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Sandra Richter gives an overview of the Old Testament, organizing our disorderly knowledge of the Old Testament people, facts and stories into a memorable and manageable story of redemption that climaxes in the New Testament.
Paperback, 263 pages
Published October 20th 2008 by IVP Academic
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James (JD) Dittes
Eden is not only the ideal place, Richter writes in this excellent guide to the Old Testament for Christians, it also represents the ideal covenant. The rest of the OT, from Genesis 5 onward, is the story of God's efforts to redeem covenant relationship through a family (Abraham), a confederation (Moses) a nation (David) and all of humanity (Jesus).

In order to connect the modern Christian with the original audience for the Old Testament, Richter provides insights into the "household" and the lo...more
Chris
My new favorite book on Genesis, although it covers a lot of other stuff as well. It's hard to define exactly what kind of book this is. Is it a commentary on Genesis? Is it a survey of Old Testament history? Is it an attempt to explain the New Testament in light of the Old? Richter offers her insights into the first 11 chapters of Genesis but then uses this section of scripture as a springboard to discuss the entire Old Testament, along with its implications for understanding the New Testament....more
Joel Wentz
This is one of the greatest, popular-level books I've read on the Old Testament. There are many remarkably helpful chapters in this book - including explanations of patriarchal culture, the economics of the ancient world, and even the geography of the Old Testament region. I gained so many wonderful insights from this volume. The way Richter paints ancient near-east culture, defining words like "redemption" and "covenant", breathes incredible life into the narrative. I also LOVED the way she des...more
Anna
I really enjoyed this book, I loved the way Richter ties up the theology with the character, it really does make it all neat. If you have a messy brain, like mine, it gives you a way to help remember the stuff when it's useful. I recommend this book to anyone with a real interest in the theology of the Old Testament, no need to be a scholar but some prior knowledge is helpful.
Sam
Sandra Richter’s recent book, Epic of Eden is a great resource for those with a messy brain in regard to the Old Testament. In this book Richter writes primarily to cure what she has coined “the dysfunctional closet syndrome.” Epic of Eden is intended to assist the reader in overcoming linguistic, historical, cultural, and geographical barriers. This is accomplished mostly through chronology and geography. Richter simplify things by listing five names which serve as signposts for different eras...more
Marty Solomon
Sandra Richter did a great job helping readers reorganize their mental filing cabinets for biblical hermeneutics.

Richter starts her book by taking the reader through three crash-course lessons in contextual basics. The patriarchal culture/setting of the Bible, the geography of the Bible, and a basic understanding of ancient eastern covenants. From this place, Richter is able to walk the reader through a basic narrative of biblical history, based on an understanding on covenant.

I found it incredi...more
Bryan Irvin
This book is really fantastic! Dr. Richter is an Old Testament professor at Wheaton College and she does a great job of helping the average Christian get a better grasp of the larger story of the Old Testament and in turn how it culminates in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Every Christian should read this!
Kirstin
Want to get some order to your understanding of the Old Testament then this is a great book. I loved learning about the bigger picture of the Old Testament and seeing the threads that run through from Genesis right through to Revelation.
Chuck Jackson
Something that every reader of the Old Testament/ Jewish Bible should read.
(Even though it is published as an academic book it is pretty accessible. Of course, she uses Anthropological concepts that I know well and much of the content is not new to me so that makes it seem like a very easy read.) At the same time I learned a great deal and I really appreciated her opening up some of the background knowledge and therefore making the ancient narrative so much more meaningful. Highly recommended.
Dutch VanDuzee
Sandra spoke to our Christ college class this fall and she introduced the book by talking about Eden and the New Jerusalem as the bookends of Redemptive History, and how everything in between - the covenants with Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and Jesus - serve as part of God's rescue plan in the story of God's Kingdom.
Jon
I really enjoyed this book. It tells the story of the major covenants of the Old Testaments and demonstrates how they are not only interesting to the modern reader, but relevant as well. For any Christian who struggles to decipher the Old Testament's meaning, this book ought to have a place on her bookshelf!
Tim
This book has definitely helped me review the meaning of the Old Testament. As Richter puts it, my Old Testament closet was in need of reorganization. I appreciate the Bible as a whole even more now - definitely helps bridge the gap between Old and New Testament.
Josh Glitz
Does an excellent job showing how the OT leads to the redemptive story of the whole Bible. Does a great job showing the Bible, especially the OT, is a story. Looking at it as such opens up the OT in a way that allows for richer understanding.
Lorna
Read this as a group. It generated good discussion however personally I didn't feel like I learned as much new information as some of the others. It is an accessible read and helps put the old and new testaments into perspective.
Ryan Martin
Dr. Richter was my OT professor in Seminary and this book is an incredible overview of the OT. Dr. Richter has such a passion for the OT and for the love of God, which come out clearly in her teachings on covenant throughout this book!
Anne
Started off slow and basic, then got interesting fast. An interpretation of the OT and the bible from a Covenant/Contract perspective. Makes tons of sense. Delightfully full of interesting facts, archaeology, etc. Enlightening.
Lori
This was a great book to help "organize your closet" if the Old Testament is a mess of stories to you. We read it as a Sunday school class which was also nice as it gave us the opportunity to discuss what we had read.
Jarrod Hill
This is a wonderful introduction to the Old Testament. It lays out a good foundation for the total beginner, but it also gives many cultural insights that are likely new to the seasoned church goer.
Granne52
This is a fascinating and thrilling overview of God's redemptive plan, explaining the foreshadowing of Christ's fulfillment of that plan through the Old Testament covenant and prophecies.
Violinknitter
*Excellent* and approachable introduction to the Old Testament. This is going to become one of those books I *routinely* recommend to friends.
Adam Godbold
Excitingly fascinating. Immensely helpful. Easily readable. Conversationally written. Uniquely approached.
Carol Wunderlich
Awesome review of salvation history and major themes connecting the story of God's plan for creation. A must read!
Rick
Excellent book on Covenant Theology. I have some issues with her views on Creation, the Flood, and the genealogies.
Alicia
Jul 30, 2011 Alicia added it
one of the best books about the Old Testament i have ever read!!! this book is a must read!
Susan Isaacs
A great overview and introduction to the main themes and stories of the Old Testament.
Arron
Mostly very good. A little iffy in a few places.
Jasmine
Needed more history.
Jeff
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