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A Survey of the Old Testament
The purpose of studying the Old Testament is to understand God and his redemptive work more fully. However, this goal is complicated by the fact that it was transmitted through a very different language and culture from our own. A Survey of the Old Testament provides an indispensable guide for undergraduate students and other readers by exploring the literary, historical, ...more
Hardcover, 3rd, 799 pages
Published February 5th 2009 by Zondervan
(first published May 1991)
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Such a great resource book. Detailed in the history of the Old Testament and their surrounding territories. I think it is a must if you are a seminary student. It will bring so much into light in understanding a people, a culture, and the ones around them.
I read this book for a Master's level class and it was really great. I feel like I learned a lot. The book is clearly written, comprehensible and informative. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to gain a better understanding of the old Testament and God's Word in general.
I've been teaching from the Pentateuch, Historical Books, and Epilogue portions of this book for two years now and finally got around to reading the middle. A Survey of the Old Testament is an excellent resource. The authors don't shy away from historical and archaeological problems, but always offer a thoroughly orthodox Christian solution.
This book provides a nice introduction to the books of the Old Testament in an accessible way. To begin with, the cover art is attractive. In fact, the book abounds with colour pictures and charts that really help the beginner or even the mid-level student/reader to understand the historical and cultural elements of the O.T. The pictures at the beginning of the chapters, in particular, really bring the book in question to life with a photo of something pertinent to that book.
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I found Carson & Moo’s Introduction to the New Testament a thorough and extensive informational text about the New Testament, and I was hoping for a similar experience in Hill & Walton’s survey text on the Old Testament. Unfortunately, that was not the case. I should have lowered my expectations given this was published by Zondervan. Zondervan is to Bible summaries what USA Today is to journalism – that’s a backhanded compliment, not a compliment. A la USA Today, Hill & Walton’s book ...more
Basically offers simple summaries and information on the writing of, background, purpose and message and major themes of each book in the Protestant Bible (no more then 6 or so paragraphs each). Great for those outside the ministry to learn a bit more about everything in the OT. While the supplementary chapters are very interesting (covering topics such as the formation of the scriptures and introduction to prophetic literature) this book is not an in-depth study whatsoever. Of course trying to ...more
The title says it all. It is a fine survey of all the books of the Old Testament, with additional subjects discussed, such as what place archaeology has in biblical studies, geography of Israel, and how the OT affects the NT. Good book--I will keep it as a reference. A newer edition just came out (03/09) with updates and color pictures. If you are going to get this, buy that one.
May 25, 2012 Matthew rated it really liked it · review of another edition
A little dry in some places, but overall, a very good summary of the Old Testament books. The authors do a good job of summarizing the text and the key themes without simply walking through each book.
Accessible for undergraduates, but also thorough and does not skip over the hard spots like many intros do. Hill and Walton each cover the books where their scholarly strengths lie. Also, as a teacher the discussion questions at the end of each chapter were invaluable to get my students talking.
The best book on the Old Testament I've ever come across. Detailed and precise. Amazingly thorough and exhaustive for the size of it. There are better books on individual OT texts, but none I know of in regards to tackling the entire OT in one volume. I highly recommend it.
This is a fantastic study supplement. Anytime I start to read an Old Testament book I will make sure to read the appropriate chapters in Hill/Walton. It does great work with historical, archeological, and geographical material helping to give a broader sense of of what is going on.
The intro alone is worth a ton of money - as the authors lay out how to approach the Bible and especially the Old Testament. The authors are intellectually honest evangelicals. I can't always agree with them, but I love their approach and their honesty.