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This proven Old Testament text with a wealth of full-color images helps readers connect the world of the Old Testament with today's world. Old Testament Today, 2nd Edition, newly revised, includes a book-by-book survey, new maps and graphics, and other updates throughout. Unique among Old Testament surveys, Old Testament Today, 2nd Edition not only provides an orientation to the world of the Old Testament, but also builds a bridge between the original audience and modern readers, demonstrating why the ancient message is important for faith and life today. It goes beyond basic content to help students understand what the Scriptures mean and how to apply them personally. Taking readers progressively through the Old Testament, this text: (1) presents the details of the content, focusing on the story line, historical background, and literary information that address the original setting and audience; (2) focuses on theology perspectives and on issues of the author's purpose and the universal message of the text, building a bridge between the original audience and today's audience; and (3) develops an understanding of the relevance of the Old Testament writings to today's Christian, showing how they can be applied in personal faith and practice.
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I. Fundamentals II. The Pentateuch a. Introduction to the Pentateuch and its Time i. Summary of biblical story (13 pages) ii. Summary of ancient Near Eastern history (11 pages) b. Introduction to the Literature and Theology of the Pentateuch i. Literary Background (15 pages) ii. Theological Flow (plotline) (3 pages/4 pages) iii. Theological Topics (20 pages) c. Introduction to the Books of the Pentateuch i. Genesis ii. Exodus iii. Leviticus iv. Numbers v. Deuteronomy d. The Pentateuch Today: Relevance and Application (23 pages) III. Old Testament Narrative (specify from the Former Prophets and Writings?) a. Introduction to the Old Testament Narrative and its Time i. Summary of the biblical story (20 pages) ii. Summary of ancient Near Eastern history (18 pages) b. Introduction to the Literature and Theology of Old Testament Narrative i. Historiography in the ancient world (6 pages) ii. Theological Flow (plotline) (9 pages/11 pages) iii. Theological Topics (7 pages) c. Introduction to the Books of Narrative Literature i. Joshua ii. Judges iii. Ruth iv. 1 and 2 Samuel v. 1 and 2 Kings vi. 1 and 2 Chronicles vii. Ezra/Nehemiah viii. Esther d. Old Testament Narrative Today: Relevance and Application (14 pages) IV. Wisdom and Psalms a. Introduction to Wisdom and Wisdom Literature (5 pages) b. Introduction to the Literature of Psalms (20 pages) c. Introduction to the Theology of Wisdom Literature and Psalms (14 pages) d. Introduction to the Wisdom Books and Psalms i. Job ii. Psalms iii. Proverbs (include "Proverbs and Truth"?) iv. Ecclesiastes v. Song of Songs e. Wisdom Literature and Psalms Today: Relevance and Application (26 pages) V. Prophets and Prophetic Literature a. Introduction to Prophecy and Prophetic Literature (18 pages) b. Introduction to the Theology of the Prophetic Books (10 pages) c. Introduction to the Books of Prophetic Literature i. Isaiah ii. Jeremiah iii. Lamentations iv. Ezekiel v. Daniel vi. Hosea and Amos vii. Joel and Obadiah viii. Jonah ix. Nahum, Habakkuk and Zephaniah x. Haggai and Zechariah xi. Malachi d. Prophetic Literature Today: Relevance and Application (20 pages) VI. Epilogue

About the Author

John H. Walton (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament; Ancient Israelite Literature in Its Cultural Context; Covenant: God's Purpose, God's Plan; The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament; and A Survey of the Old Testament. Andrew E. Hill (PhD, University of Michigan) is professor of Old Testament studies at Wheaton College in Illinois. He is the coauthor with John Walton of A Survey of the Old Testament and the author of Malachi in the Anchor Bible commentary series. His articles have appeared in such scholarly publications as Hebrew Annual Review, Journal of Biblical Literature, and Vetus Testamentum.

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