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Making Sense of the Old Testament: Three Crucial Questions

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Book Description Publication Date: February 1, 1999 | Series: Three Crucial Questions A noted biblical scholar explores three questions Christians often ask about the Old Testament and provides answers that are both satisfying and understandable.
Paperback, 156 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Baker Academic (first published January 1st 1998)
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Nicholas Lewis
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Longman gives a concise and straightforward hermeneutics lesson on reading Old Testament books that is practical, engaging, and quickly paced. It is a recommended read for those who don't have time to dive into deeper and longer books.
Morgan Johnson
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Strengths of this book are that it is very accessible/readable, has helpful content, and is short (less than 150 pages). The first section on understanding the OT gives many great principles for interpretation.
Jun 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Longman's book is merely okay. The goal of the book is to answer three questions about Christian use of the Old Testament. What is the key to understanding the Old Testament? Why does God seem so different in the Old and New Testament? And finally, how is the Christian to apply the Old Testament to following Jesus? In answering these questions, Longman shows a deep knowledge of the Old Testament. I definitely learned from his exposition of Old Testament texts and themes.

In the end though, I
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
A fine introduction to the discipline of Old Testament studies, but overall, disappointing. The writing is repetitive and goofy at times because it's really a book comprised of three lectures. Also, Longman has some divergent views about the Old Testament I don't agree with (sensus plenior, etc.). But for the uninitiated, this is a fine start to demystifying OT studies and righting some wrong misconceptions.
Mark A Powell
Aug 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Longman tries to dispel common misconceptions about the Old Testament, and he does so adequately, but not as thoroughly or engagingly as expected. (My guess is that the formatting restrictions of the ‘3 Crucial Questions’ series caused this, as Longman has written extensively on this elsewhere.) Longman suggests helpful principles on how to read, understand, and apply the Old Testament. For those just beginning to ask such questions, this is a sufficient port to sail from.
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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VERY academic but powerful. For the intentional reader; not a beach read, but a convicting and rewarding book that should further shape your Christology. I will read more Longman OT works in the future.
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Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Before coming to Westmont, he taught at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia for eighteen years. He has authored or coauthored numerous books, including An Introduction to the Old Testament, How to Read Proverbs, and commentaries on Daniel, ...more