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Overview An Old Testament theology by a leading Old Testament scholar who combines a technical with a spiritual understanding of the Old Testament.
Publishers Description The Old Testament is more than a religious history of the nation of Israel. It is more than a portrait gallery of heroes of the faith. It is even more than a theological and prophetic backdrop to the New Testament. Beyond these, the Old Testament is inspired revelation of the very nature, character, and works of God. As renowned Old Testament scholar Bruce Waltke writes in the preface of this book, the Old Testament's every sentence is 'fraught with theology, worthy of reflection.'This book is the result of decades of reflection informed by an extensive knowledge of the Hebrew language, the best of critical scholarship, a deep understanding of both the content and spirit of the Old Testament, and a thoroughly evangelical conviction. Taking a narrative, chronological approach to the text, Waltke employs rhetorical criticism to illuminate the theologies of the biblical narrators. Through careful study, he shows that the unifying theme of the Old Testament is the 'breaking in of the kingdom of God.' This theme helps the reader better understand not only the Old Testament, but also the New Testament, the continuity of the entire Bible, and ultimately, God himself.
Community Description The Old Testament is more than a religious history of the nation of Israel. It is more than a portrait gallery of heroes of the faith. It is even more than a theological and prophetic backdrop to the New Testament. Beyond these, the Old Testament is inspired revelation of the very nature, character, and works of God. As renowned Old Testament scholar Bruce Waltke writes in the preface of this book, the Old Testament's every sentence is "fraught with theology, worthy of reflection."
This book is the result of decades of reflection informed by an extensive knowledge of the Hebrew language, the best of critical scholarship, a deep understanding of both the content and spirit of the Old Testament, and a thoroughly evangelical conviction. Taking a narrative, chronological approach to the text, Waltke employs rhetorical criticism to illuminate the theologies of the biblical narrators. Through careful study, he shows that the unifying theme of the Old Testament is the "breaking in of the kingdom of God." This theme helps the reader better understand not only the Old Testament, but also the New Testament, the continuity of the entire Bible, and ultimately, God himself.
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Awards and Recognitions An Old Testament Theology: An Exegtical, Canonical, and Thematic Approach by Bruce K. Waltke & Charles Yu has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christian Book Award - 2008 Winner - Bible Reference/Study category
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Bruce K. Waltke is professor emeritus of biblical studies at Regent College, Vancouver, and distinguished professor emeritus of Old Testament at Knox Theological Seminary, Fort Lauderdale. His many previous books include The Psalms as Christian Worship, The Psalms as Christian Lament, and commentaries on Proverbs.
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Scholarly, Passionate and Refreshing Feb 13, 2010
Bruce Waltke has done a service to fellow Old Testament scholars, pastors, interested laypeople and the church at large.
For Waltke, the text of the Old Testament defines our theology, not vice versa. Refreshingly (from my evangelical perspective), Waltke does not always follow the prescribed route of other evangelical OT scholars, and comes across as far less defensive toward "critical" scholarship. In his erudite perspective (Ph.D. Harvard, Th.D. Dallas Seminary with over 30 years of teaching the Old Testament), the Hebrew Bible contains texts written by a variety of authors, over hundreds of years, that underwent editing during various historical epochs, and is culturally situated (and therefore brings all of the benefits and flaws of a culturally situated perspective). Thus, he often differs from other evangelical scholars on topics of genre, science, evolutionary origins, sources, multiple authorship, redaction history, et al. Despite these possible areas of disagreement, Waltke firmly believes that this compilation of texts that we call the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible finds itself as a part of God's revelation to humanity.
And Waltke loves this God. I would be remiss for not mentioning how clearly Waltke's love for God comes through these pages. He does not look at the Old Testament from a perspective of neutral reason (as if such a thing exists), but instead comes to the text very openly as a believer in this God. This love also comes across to the reader almost as a pastor ministering to his people while sharing God's words with them.
I highly recommend this volume for Old Testament classes, seminarians, pastors and laity interested in a refreshingly honest, but passionate discussion of what God has revealed through these texts.
Excellent Christian Understanding of the Old Testament Oct 12, 2009
There are three main sections. In the "Introduction", Waltke describes both his approach and methodology in developing a theology of the Old Testament. He makes it is clear that his work will fall firmly in the evangelical and broadly reformed tradition. While he is certainly writing for the student and the informed layman, Waltke does not default to this tradition, but explains how he will employ the various tools of exegesis, history and philosophy to develop his theology. In this section he confidently notes that the main theme of the Bible is that "Israel's sublime God, whose attributes hold in tension his holiness and mercy, glorifies himself by establishing his universal rule over his volitional creatures on earth through Jesus Christ and his covenant people." (144).
In the second section, "Primary History", moves through the primary history of Israel in chronological order. Instead of primarily treating each book or even each section of the Pentateuch, Waltke keys in on major events that shape the theology of Old Testament describing each as a "Gift", including "The Gift of Adam", "The Gift of the Abrahamic Covenant", "The Gift of the Old Covenant". I found the chapter entitled "The Gift of God as Deliverer and Warrior" to stand out amongst the rest. While this may be due to subject bias, I did feel his synthesis here added the most the current material. After these first 17 chapters on the Pentateuch, the structure takes a more recognizable approach with a chapter on Joshua, and then tracing out of the theology of land throughout the Old and New Testament, and subsequent chapters for individual books with Chronicles and Esther, and Ezra/Nehemiah being treated together. The final section, "Other Writings" treats the Prophets and the Wisdom literature in the same way.
The most compelling aspect of this volume is Waltke himself. The work does not break any new ground per se but approaches the study of Old Testament theology unlike most other works I have read. Waltke's desire for the reader to better know and love God by learning about his great acts in history comes out on every page. It is unlikely this book will be used outside of evangelical institutions because of this approach, something I doubt Waltke would fret. There is not much theological comparison with other ANE religions (this is not to say that Waltke has not done his work in the exegetical stage), but the depth of the content, prose and reflection on what the covenant God of Israel has done is perfectly oriented for pastors, Bible and seminary students and informed laymen. If you are looking for a text on the Old Testament that will stir you to love God more and earnestly follow Jesus, Bruce Waltke's An Old Testament Theology may be your best bet.
Magnificent Sep 20, 2009
I have used this book, among others, in three Old Testament seminary courses in the last year. This book was by far the most valuable for all of those courses. In fact, among the approximately 60 books I own on the OT, this is the single most useful.
Waltke's book is thorough in its coverage of many aspects of the OT: the surrounding ancient near eastern (ANE) cultures and religions and literatures, interesting and relevant details of the history, insight into the OT text itself and the ancient Semitic languages, and excellent overviews of each of the OT books. Waltke's organization of the OT around the backbone of the "Primary History" is worth the price of admission. The Primary History has really helped me in organizing the OT books in my mind as I read them.
Be sure to not skip Part One, Introduction. Waltke gives you valuable tools here, such as application of literary analysis, for understanding the OT text.
Dr. Waltke's view of the hope and beauty of God's promises and God's word shines through on every page, including the chapter titles.
Very good and deep Aug 10, 2009
Bruce Waltke is very thorough in his approach to Old Testament theology. This book is a must read for anyone who wishes to know more about God's working with His children in Old Testament times.
Worth Every Penny! Jun 10, 2009
This book is worth every cent that you pay for it. It is so thorough and so interconnected that it brings deep insight to the Old Testament. It is great for someone who studies the Bible on his/her own.