Focusing on the four basic themes of covenant, universal rule, wisdom, and remnant, The Old Testament: Text and Context 3rd edition introduces students to the history, literature, and social context of the Hebrew Bible's original context: the ancient near east. This text book, rather than following trendy and often confusing organization approaches the material in this book accords with the biblical canon; but it also utilizes historical eras as depicted in Scripture to present the wisdom books and the prophets in their appropriate historical contexts.
Pedagogically the book presents detailed socio-cultural information on Israel. To ensure retention, the authors provide study questions, indexes, and abbreviations while also highlighting key terms in bold whose definitions are located in a glossary of both terms and concepts. "Key Points" outtakes break-up the information at the beginning of each chapter/section by providing a succinct summary of the main points, while also allowing students to re-focus their learning after breaks. Other helpful features include maps, photos, and bullet point presentations of the most critical information.
All of these qualities make this book an excellent text for grounding the student in the cultural world of the Hebrew Bible. It will serve well in survey and introductory courses, and prove to be a useful reference tool for ongoing study.
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