Old Testament Today: A Journey from Original Meaning to Contemporary Significance

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Zondervan, 2004 - 412 pages
Proven three-tiered approach and a wealth of full-color images help readers connect the Old Testament with today's world. Old Testament Today is unique among Old Testament surveys. It 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. Old Testament Today goes beyond basic content to help students understand what the Scriptures mean and how to apply them personally. Similar to the acclaimed NIV Application Commentary, this text takes the reader section by section through the Old Testament using a progressive, three-step format: * Original Meaning presents the details of the content, focusing on the story line, historical background, and literary information that address the original setting and audience. * Bridging Contexts focuses on theological 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. * Contemporary Significance 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. The image-rich full-color design gives Old Testament Today a strong visual appeal. A wide array of charts, sidebars, illustrations, photos, and supplemental materials complement the body of the text, helping students to easily comprehend the literature, theology, and history of the Old Testament.
 

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Contents

Tables continued
38
Sacrificial System
76
Structure of Deuteronomy
82
List of Maps and Tables ix Theological Perspectives
86
Religious Belief
102
Key Theological Distinctions Between Israel
106
Ackuowtctigitwnts xix
108
Writing and Books 19
118
How Should We View
224
Function of the Prophets
233
PROPHETS
238
Categories of Prophetic Oracle
239
Minor Prophets
246
The Nations in Prophecy
258
Retribution Principle
292
Theological Perspectives
342

The Ten Commandments for Today
122
Plotline of the Historical Literature
134
Bridging Contexts Original Meaning
136
The Kings of Israel Northern Kingdom
148
The Prophetic Voice in Kings
186
Kings and Chronicles
194
Understanding Historical Literature
196
Theological Perspectives
205
Contemporary Significance
213
Psalm Types
347
Bridging Contexts
353
A Cantata about the Davidic Covenant
356
Contemporary Significance
371
Plotline of the Old Testament
382
Reading through
398
Index
405
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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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