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Understanding the Old Testament by Bernhard W. Anderson
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Sep 17, 2012

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Most texts that provide overviews of the Old Testament organize their chapters by book of the Bible. Anderson’s book is focused on providing for the reader the context of the Old Testament through the lens of Jewish culture and history, so he organizes his text with that in mind. We have sections like: The beginning of Israel, the covenant community renewed, a kingdom of priests, etc. Anderson’s focus is less on the interpretation of the books of the OT, and more on the cultural impact and historical tie-in of the book to Judaism. There are lots of illustrations and tables and charts, as well as references to other books. The prose is a little dry, and it’s missing informational aspects of each book (like date of writing, possible authors, etc), but overall, it provides a different perspective on the OT than other survey texts. Recommended for students and readers interested in understanding the OT.

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