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Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey (Encountering Biblical Studies) [Hardcover]

By Bill T. Arnold (Author) & Bryan E. Beyer (Author)
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Finally, there is a college-level survey of Old Testament content that is as engaging and user-friendly as it is informative. Encountering the Old Testament is a survey unlike other surveys. In addition to first-rate scholarship, this textbook boasts full-color photographs, sidebars containing supplemental information, chapter summaries, study questions, an instructor's manual and many other helpful features.

Also included with the book is an interactive CD-ROM (both Mac- and Windows-compatible) that features interactive review questions, supplemental information, photos and video clips of Bible lands, a glossary of key terms from the text, and video interviews with the authors concerning various topics. The CD is designed for students to use outside the classroom in order to reinforce the content of the textbook.

In addition to the book and CD-ROM, there is also available for the professor, free of charge, a floppy disk containing transparency masters, test questions, media resources, and lecture ideas. This textbook is part of the series. A companion volume entitled Readings from the Ancient Near East: Primary Sources for Old Testament Study will complete the educational package.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Baker Academic
Pages   528
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.9" Width: 7" Height: 1.4"
Weight:   3.35 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 1999
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
ISBN  0801021766  
ISBN13  9780801021763  

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More About Bill T. Arnold & Bryan E. Beyer

Bill T. Arnold Dr. Bill T. Arnold is the Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation. He joined Asbury Theological Seminary’s faculty in 1995. While at Asbury, Dr. Arnold has served as Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost, Director of Postgraduate Studies, Chair of the Area of Biblical Studies and Director of Hebrew Studies.

Dr. Arnold is an Elder in the United Methodist Church and pastored churches for six years before moving into Extension Ministry. He holds his ordination with the Kentucky Annual Conference of the UMC. His current Charge Conference is First United Methodist Church, Lexington, Ky.

Dr. Arnold has written or edited nine books, including most recently Genesis (New Cambridge Bible Commentary Series; Cambridge University Press, 2009). He served as editor of the Old Testament notes for The Wesley Study Bible (Abingdon, 2009), and contributed its study notes on Genesis. He also served as co-translator of Genesis for the Common English Bible (Abingdon, 2011).

In 2010, Dr. Arnold was awarded a Lilly Faculty Fellowship for his proposal to study the oneness or singularity of God in the Old Testament. In 2003, Dr. Arnold was named alumnus-in-residence at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Arnold and his wife, Susan, have three grown sons.

SPANISH BIO: Bill T. Arnold (PhD, Hebrew Union College) es Director de Estudios Hebreos y Profesor de Antiguo Testamento y de Lenguas Semiticas en el Seminario Teologico Asbury, en Wilmore, Kentucky. Es autor de la obra 'Encountering the Book of Genesis' y tambien coautor de 'Encountering the Old Testament' y de 'A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax'. Bill y su esposa Susan tienen tres hijos y viven en Lexington, Kentucky.

Bill T. Arnold currently resides in the state of Kentucky. Bill T. Arnold has an academic affiliation as follows - Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky.

Bill T. Arnold has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Encountering Biblical Studies
  2. New Cambridge Bible Commentary

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Reviews - What do customers think about Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey (Encountering Biblical Studies)?

Needs an editor's eye!  Mar 11, 2008
Good overview of each book of the OT -- BUT there were a LOT of mistakes (verse references and illustration references) in the book, which I believe decreases its integrity as it certainly takes away my respect of its credibility. For example, on pg 214, the citation for 2 Sm 6:6-8 should actually be 2 Sm 5:6-8. Another example, on pg. 242, "Jotham of Israel" should actually be "Jotham of Judah". These are only a few of the mistakes I've seen, and it makes me wonder what other mistakes there are. Seems like it needs a good editor's eye.

Other issues I had with this book: the key terms are never defined in the book. You have to look it up in the accompanying CD to find the definitions. Also, I found that often times, the point/message that the authors are trying to convey in their paragraphs and sections are never clearly stated (they beat around the bush and go in circles). Lastly, the attempts at application/contextualization seem to have been added to the ends of sections almost as an afterthought, and they stood out like a sore thumb as not belonging to the train of thought.

I am disappointed with the quality of this book. The pictures and color are very appealing in comparison to other Old Testament survey books, however, the other issues with the book make it a less than desirable textbook.
Excellent purchase  May 12, 2007
When I received my book it was in top condition. The delivery was prompt. I was pleasantly surprised with my purchase and the delivery.
Exhibit A  Apr 2, 2007
This text was introduced into evidence by me in a federal discrimination case against a public community college in South Florida. The book is completely inappropriate for use in public colleges. It is not simply "broadly evangelical". It adopts the views of the religious right on every subject from evolution to homosexuality to premarital sex.

The jury which heard the case was outraged, finding a "gross betrayal of the public trust" in the selection of texts, among other things.

This book is designed for people who do not ask questions, who take the Bible literally and who are predisposed to a particular agenda. If you do not meet all of these particular criteria, find a better book. There are plenty.
Excellent intro to the OT  Feb 22, 2007
If you're a pastor, seminary student, or a layperson who needs a good, informative, and easy to read introduction to the Old Testament then this book will be perfect for you. Many OT introductions/surveys that are out there are either 1) too technical and academic, or 2) liberal/modernist. This introduction is solidly evangelical, easy to understand, and academic enough for even the novice biblical scholar.

The strength of the book is that it does not only survey each of the books in the Old Testament section by section but by topics of significance in each book. For instance, when the authors talk about the book of Genesis they do not only discuss what each of the 50 chapters say but about what the author said about the nature of election, the Abrahamic promise, the covenant, etc. Pretty much everything is covered regarding each book (authorship, date, place of writing, etc.).

Another feature of the book that will attract more novice pastors and students of the Bible is the colourful pictures that are abundantly printed in the book. Though some may find this comical, I think it added to the charm of this book. Pictures, graphs, maps, etc. help readers understand the background of each of the OT books better.

Finally, one other thing I really liked about this book is that the authors discuss side-issues related to the OT. The chapters on the historical background of the OT (chap. 2) and the introduction to the Prophetic books (chap. 24) are well written, informative, and orthodox. Sure, the authors could have written more deeply on these chapters but the intended audience demanded that they do not go too deeply in these matters.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book for those who want a better understanding of the OT books. Though it is not that scholarly and deep, it is still good enough for what it intends and many students of the Bible will find rich information that will greatly help in their personal spiritual growth and ministry.
Great survey, enjoyable to read!  Feb 3, 2007
Very readable and appropriately thorough for its intended purpose. Dr. Beyer is an excelent Bible teacher intent on leading students into a deeper understanding of God's Word and that comes through in this text. A great jumping off point for studying the Old Testament.

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