By Andrew E. Hill
The aim of learning the previous testomony is to appreciate God and his redemptive paintings extra totally. despite the fact that, this target is complex through the truth that it used to be transmitted via a really various language and tradition from our personal. A Survey of the outdated testomony presents an critical advisor for undergraduate scholars and different readers via exploring the literary, old, and theological concerns in the back of the outdated testomony and its a variety of books. for every previous testomony publication, the Survey addresses heritage details, objective, message, constitution, and significant issues. Chapters introducing every one significant element of the outdated testomony are incorporated, as are chapters facing problems with interpretation, geography, archaeology, background, formation of the outdated testomony canon, and the previous Testament’s courting to the recent testomony. The textual content is more suitable all through by way of maps, pictures, timelines, and charts. This full-color 3rd version of a broadly acclaimed textbook has been elevated and redesigned in either textual content and graphical parts, making it much more worthwhile.
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Numbers 24:20 and Deuteronomy 25:17–19 predict the utter annihilation of the Amalekites for their unprovoked assault against Israel during the exodus. The second group, the semi-nomadic Midianites, were descendants of Abraham. They lived in the region of northern Arabia (Gen. 25:1–2, 18). In Habakkuk 3:7 the Cushites and Midianites seem to be equated, so these tribes must overlap in some way. Joseph was sold to the Egyptians by Midianite traders (Gen. 37:25–36), and Moses married into the Midianite clan of Jethro while exiled in Sinai (Exod.
McQuilkin, J. Robertson. Understanding and Applying the Bible. Chicago: Moody Press, 1983. Rogerson, John. Beginning Old Testament Study. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1982. Sandy, Brent, and Ronald Giese. Cracking Old Testament Codes. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1995. Stuart, Douglas. Old Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Westminster, 2001. General Reference Anchor Bible Dictionary. Ed. by D. N. Freedman. New York: Doubleday, 1992. Complete Literary Guide to the Bible.
If we feed ourselves only on proof texts, role models, types, and “thoughts for the day,” we restrict our ability to know God, for only proper interpretation will bring us the full benefit of God’s self-revelation. If God has truly spoken, it is incumbent on us as his creatures to get so absorbed in his Word that it becomes second nature to us. It can convict us, challenge us, and confront us as long as we discharge our responsibility to study the Scriptures conscientiously. Questions for Further Study and Discussion What are some presuppositions or assumptions commonly held about the Old Testament or about particular books in it?