Ancient Israel's Scriptures have exerted worldwide influence for more than two millennia. They explore human experience, including the human longing for the divine, through the powerful media of story, ritual, wisdom, and prophecy. This book retraces the Bible's exploration and shows how not only its conclusions but the steps taken to reach them still matter.
- Comprehensive treatment; each Old Testament book discussed
- Considers the theological meanings of the text as well as historical and literary
- Ties the structure of the books into their meaning
- Discusses community identity, openness to others, the importance of clear moral commitments
About the Author(s)
Mark W. Hamilton, Professor of the Old Testament, Abilene Christian University
Mark Hamilton has taught Hebrew Bible at Abilene Christian University since 2000. He has been a visiting professor in South Korea, New Zealand, and Croatia, as well as lecturing in many parts of the United States. He enjoys working with students of many cultures as they explore together the meanings of the ancient Israelite texts for life today.
"a fine entry in the genre ... Students will come away from this book knowing the basic plots, structure, and contents of the books of the Old Testament. Intended as a textbook, this book will also serve well as a secondary resource tool ... Recommended." - J. W. Wright, CHOICE
"This introduction to the Old Testament is a fine achievement; it could make an effective textbook for Christian colleges and seminaries and a useful reference work in other contexts." - John Goldingay, Fuller Theological Seminary, Review of Biblical Literature
"Any author who attempts to write a theological introduction to the OT in the space of 388 pages takes on a herculean task. H. acquits himself well....H. has turned out a very commendable book for students" - Norman S. Wilson, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
"Hamilton's introduction is a foremost accomplishment. It will maintain a long life as a stellar means of comprehending the OT." - Thomas H. Olbricht, Restoration Quarterly
"I highly recommend this text to pastors, Sunday School teachers, and interested laypersons who endeavor to read the Old Testament in its entirety, and to teach and preach from the Old Testament as well." - Joseph A. Deering, Reading Religion