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Overview Every professor has to wonder, with skepticism, how much of the assigned material the students will actually read. (That is, if they have even purchased the textbook in the first place!) Whether they skim or read all of it, your students will recall the key points of the lesson if you use Discovering the Old Testament. Discovering the Old Testament defines key terms in sidebars and highlights them within the text. Each chapter includes summary statements and review questions to help students focus on what they've learned. Discovering the Old Testament combines all the elements you're looking for in a survey of the Old Testament - thorough, sound Biblical scholarship, combined with an eye-catching format and a writing style that's easy to understand. Every page is full color, in an attractive format, with maps and pictures to enhance the material. In Discovering the Old Testament, you'll find: Objectives defined for each lesson. Personal questions to help students relate the Bible to their lives. Sidebars to explain theological points. Keywords identified and defined on each page. Study questions for review of the material. Summary statements at the end of each chapter to help students focus on what they've learned. Listing of resources for further study at the end of each chapter. An eye-catching format that's attractive to the young college student. EVERY page is in full color. Short, readable chapters. 400 pages.
Publishers Description Every professor has to wonder, with skepticism, how much of the assigned material the students will actually read. (That is, if they have even purchased the textbook in the first place ) Whether they skim or read all of it, your students will recall the key points of the lesson if you use Discovering the Old Testament.Discovering the Old Testament defines key terms in sidebars and highlights them within the text. Each chapter includes summary statements and review questions to help students focus on what they've learned. Discovering the Old Testament combines all the elements you're looking for in a survey of the Old Testament - thorough, sound Biblical scholarship, combined with an eye-catching format and a writing style that's easy to understand. Every page is full color, in an attractive format, with maps and pictures to enhance the material.In Discovering the Old Testament, you'll find: Objectives defined for each lesson.Personal questions to help students relate the Bible to their lives.Sidebars to explain theological points.Keywords identified and defined on each page.Study questions for review of the material.Summary statements at the end of each chapter to help students focus on what they've learned.Listing of resources for further study at the end of each chapter.An eye-catching format that's attractive to the young college student. EVERY page is in full color.Short, readable chapters.
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Studio: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.8" Width: 7.1" Height: 1" Weight: 2.3 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2003
Publisher Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
ISBN 0834119943 ISBN13 9780834119949
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More About Alex Varughese, Robert Branson & Jim Edlin
Robert Branson, former professor of Biblical Literature at Olivet Nazarene University, also taught at Warner Southern College and Eastern Nazarene College. He has retired and lives with his wife in Pendleton, Indiana. Timothy M. Green is dean of the Millard Reed School of Theology and Christian Ministry and the university chaplain at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, where he also serves as professor of Old Testament literature and theology. He received his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Vanderbilt University. JIM EDLIN is professor of biblical literature and languages and the Dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy at MidAmerica Nazarene University. He earned an MDiv from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a ThM and PhD in Old Testament studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His previous publications include NBBC, Daniel and Discovering the Old Testament (Beacon Hill Press). He is a frequent contributor to Adult Faith Connection and Illustrated Bible Life (WordAction). Alex Varughese is professor of biblical literature at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and has been a member of the Department of Religion at MVNU since 1982. Previous to his current position, he served as a professor in the religion department at Eastern Nazarene College. He is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Kerala, India. He received his M.A. in religion from Olivet Nazarene University and M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary. He also holds M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in biblical studies from Drew University. He is currently serving as the Managing Editor for The Centennial Initiative d104book project for the Church of the Nazarene.
Alex Varughese currently resides in Mount Vernon. Alex Varughese was born in 1945.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Discovering the Old Testament: Story and Faith?
Discovering the Old Testament: Story and Faith May 5, 2008
Currently taking a course Discovering the Old Testament and this is following along great with the course. Adds a lot of information to the course.
Discovering the Old Testament- Story and Faith Mar 18, 2004
This was an excellent book. The writers did a great job of explaining things!
Hebraic Roots nourish Christian tree: Friendly Scholarship Sep 26, 2003
This book delivers sound conservative scholarship that integrates application. The authors integrate the biblical information with helpful sidebars in the categories of Interpretive/hermeneutical, Theological, Historical, Cultural, and Archaelogical.
For example, on page 226, there is an excellent and concise explanation of the reason for mixed marriages. It explains the problem of syncretism that eroded Israel's practice of monotheism. It then offers practical advice for marriage today.
This work is a landmark work in Old Testament Survey that would be helpful to all students of the Hebrew Scriptures. It would benefit students and instructors alike.
Colourful College Textbook May 6, 2003
Discovering the Old Testament: Story and Faith is a colourful college textbook introducing the Old Testament. The layout is similar to Encountering the Old Testament (by Bill T. Arnold et al). Each chapter begins with learning objectives, questions to consider, and key words to understand. Coded side bars cover topics such as "The Apocrypha" and "Modern Translations of the Bible." Each side bar is coded as Interpretive, Theological, Historical, Cultural, or Archaeological. Chapters end with summary statements, questions for reflection, and resources for further study. Numerous photographs are included with a large number drawn from modern Judaism. There is a brief appendix on Jewish history from 331 to 63 B.C.
This 382 page book is very readable and probably appropriate in depth for a college textbook, although in this space cannot go as deep as, say, LaSor, Hubbard and Bush (Old Testament Survey). It is written from a conservative perspective but critical scholarship is presented in abbreviated form. For example, the standard dates for Second and Third Isaiah are presented in a paragraph. There is a general failure to engage such critical issues and the authors present "scholarly opinion" alongside "conservative evangelical" scholarship without always committing to a particular view. So on the authorship of Isaiah they write "There is no unanimous opinion on this issue among conservative evangelical scholars. Some prefer the multiple authorship view. Others view the entire book as the work of Isaiah of the eighth century B.C." (p 293).
Much of the content of the book summarizes the biblical content. New Testament interpretation is mentioned in theological sidebars where relevant and the reader is encouraged to apply theological insights to personal faith.
The majority of the book was written by Alex Varughese who also edited the work as a whole. Varughese and the other three authors are department heads of Christian liberal arts colleges (I do not know who Robert L. Lewis is [named in the ...description]. He is not listed on my copy).
This book will prove a colourful and readable introduction to the Old Testament, especially in terms of biblical content and life application. The numerous illustrations allow the reader to visualise Israel and modern Judaism.