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An Old Testament Theology: An Exegetical, Canonical, and Thematic Approach

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The Old Testament is more than a religious history of the nation of Israel. It is more than a portrait gallery of heroes of the faith. It is even more than a theological and prophetic backdrop to the New Testament. Beyond these, the Old Testament is inspired revelation of the very nature, character, and works of God. As renowned Old Testament scholar Bruce Waltke writes in ...more
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Published October 14th 2007 by Zondervan Academic (first published October 1st 2004)
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Jonathan Watson
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Waltke deftly moves through the entire Old Testament, in one moment crawling forensically through the pebbles, and in the next moment soaring above mountain ranges and oceans. He fairly deals with critical concerns, yet without leaving the reader wondering what Waltke believes. This modern sage both teaches the nuances of the textual criticism, redaction theories, and more — and also preaches the gospel from the Old Testament texts, and even bears occasional testimony to the Lord's work in his ...more
Nate Claiborne
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
All that being said, this is still an excellent treatment of Old Testament theology both in terms of style and substance. As I mentioned earlier, Waltke moves rather easily from interacting with obscure journal articles and doctoral dissertations to devotional insights and short pithy remarks ("tweetables" if you will). I really liked his thematic use of "Gifts" and will probably put it to use in my own Old Testament class in the coming weeks and months. Waltke is a scholar par execellence and ...more
Jimmy Reagan
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
That Bruce Waltke is revered in Old Testament scholarship is beyond dispute. His works on some OT books are the highest rated commentaries we have on them (particularly Proverbs and Micah). He’s written on most every section and genre of the OT and even contributed on Hebrew syntax. It comes as no surprise that Waltke would be chosen to deliver a comprehensive OT theology with those credentials. As he has done before, he even credits an associate who helped, in this case, Charles Yu, as a ...more
Ashley Thomas
Mar 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those interested in theology or Biblical studies.
Shelves: non-fiction
Excellent and very recently written Theology of the OT. Not for the faint of heart, since Waltke is nothing if not verbose. In this book especially his love for over-exploring a topic is demonstrated, but at the same time it is an excellent resource for anyone studying the Old Testament.
Jul 19, 2008 marked it as to-read
Wait! What do I, an ST, AP, and CH/HT guy, doing with a book about the Bible? :)
Steve Penner
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I spent much of the past six months using this massive Old Testament theology as my morning devotions, attempting to read about ten pages daily. It was a good exercise as it helped me see the Old Testament as a whole. Waltke's thesis is that the irrupting of the Kingdom of God into the world is the leifmotif of the Old Testament. God's Kingdom presence is making an appearance in various ways through various people and events which culminates in the arrival of Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of ...more
J. Rutherford
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Waltke's volume represents a lifetime of fruitful labour in the study of the Old Testament. It is brimming with exegetical and thematic insights sure to benefit the reader. Yet, despite is great value, it is seriously weakened by the approach Waltke takes towards the Old Testament. Instead of recognizing its historical and literary contours, he follows Freedman and others in adopting a narrative/poetry structure of the OT canon, prioritzing the "primary history" in interpreting the Old ...more
Mark Evans
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We need more scholars like Waltke. The canonical and thematic elements of the Hebrew Scriptures are prioritized here over the all-too-common imbalanced emphasis on the historical-critical approach to exegesis in biblical theology - and we are so enriched because of it!

Also, I love Waltke’s use of “I Am” everywhere when referring to God in his writing. That’s how God reveals himself in the OT and I appreciated how Waltke reflected that in this book.
Sam Luce
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book. A look at he Theology of the Old Testament that is biblically faithful and at the same time very accessible.
Ron Skrabanek
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This chapter aims to substantiate the claim that the center of the Old Testament, the message that accommodates all its themes, is that Israel’s sublime God, whose attributes hold in tension his holiness and mercy, glorifies himself by establishing his universal rule over his volitional creatures on earth through Jesus Christ and his covenant people. - Waltke, Bruce K.; Charles Yu (2011-04-19). An Old Testament Theology (p. 144). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
Jacob O'connor
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was this close to having this guy as my Old Testament professor. He taught at Knox Seminary a few years ago, and they still use his text book. It's a fine one. It’s a brick, but what can you expect given the subject material.
Bryan McWhite
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Only 200 pages in, but this book is worth its weight (and it's a heavy one) in gold. I'm reading it while I work through Genesis, and it is fantastically edifying and eye-opening.
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Sean McGowan
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a really good OT theology. Recommended for anyone studying the OT text.
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I have read other books by waltke and they have all been excellent. From what I've read this one won't disappoint.
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