The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament
  • The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament
  • The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament
  • The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament
ISBN: 0830814191
EAN13: 9780830814190
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 8, 2000
Pages: 832
Dimensions: 2.3" H x 9.4" L x 7.2" W
Weight: 2.9 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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How can we account for the Book of the Law suddenly being discovered during Josiah's renovation of the temple (2 Chron 34:14)? We know from Egypt and Mesopotamia that it was common to seal important documents--including theological documents--in the masonry or foundations of a palace or temple in order to inform a future king who might undertake restoration of the building. What might the psalmist have had in mind when praising God for removing our transgressions as far as the east is from the west (Ps 103:12)? In an Egyptian hymn to Amun-Re, the deity is praised for his judgment of the guilty. As a result of the god's discernment the guilty are assigned to the east and the righteous to the west. What is meant by God weighing the heart (Prov 21:2)? In Egyptian religious tradition we find the notion of the dead being judged before the gods. As the soul is examined, the dead person's heart is weighed in a scale against a feather symbolizing Truth. If the answers are correct and the heart does not outweigh the feather, the soul may enter the realm of everlasting life. The narratives, genealogies, laws, poetry, proverbs and prophecies of the Old Testament are deeply rooted in history. Archaeologists, historians and social scientists have Read More chevron_right

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   IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament
The commentary is historical with rife documentation, which makes the verses come to life in a way that was not possible before. It also puts the biblical verses into context like never before. This is particularly useful in today's society, where so much of the Bible is taken from context. I recommend this book highly to the scholar as well as the layman. Anyone and everyone would find this useful for their daily devotions.
   Comments on Genesis reflect a liberal bias
Opening comments on the origin of the Old Testament compares the writing to the ancient Near East religions. The reader is left thinking that the OT has emerged from the religious ideas of the Egyptian and Summarian epic texts and mythology. The fact that there are similar myths does not mean that these stories were borrowed from earlier stories. The uniqueness of OT is remarkable. If anyone wants a book that deals with this issue, I would recommend John H. Walton, Ancient Near East Thought and the Old Testament, Baker Books, 2009.
   Excellent resource!
This book will be very useful in the preparation of the sermon and in Bible study. AMAZON : Please wrap your books in a plastic wrap to protect them in transit.
   Not as detailed as I wanted
Not exactly what I expected. And a little deeper to dive.
   Great set of commentaries!
I really enjoyed the historical background commentaries. It adds much to your understanding when you know what was going on in the day of the actual audience for when it is written!
   Fantastic resource that really needs a proof-reader for the typos
Wonderful resource for allowing a clearer understanding of the ancient Near Eastern context in which the original hearers were immersed! But PLEASE, some one edit the typos and erroneous auto-fills. I lost count of them in my first 15 minutes of reading. It reads as though the computer has been the only proofreader. For example, the last one I caught replaced the word route '' with mute '' -- no human would have failed to see it. An occasional slip is easily ignored, but a constant flow of them is distracting. And I don 't want to be distracted from the wonderful information provided.
   Often the hypotheses of interpretation become tedious to me so I enjoy the simplicity of this ...
This commentary is sometimes helpful, sometimes not so much. One should remember that this is a background commentary ; it provides historical and cultural background for the Bible text. Often, the hypotheses of the interpretation become tedious to me, so I enjoy the simplicity of this commentary.
   but filled with excellent comments that explain how Bible passages are better understood ...
A volume from a library of reference works by Intervarsity Press, this offers a general overview of the background against the Old Testament, written and living. Not technical, but filled with excellent comments that explain how Bible passages are better understood with a bit of knowledge of the background panorama, against which events took place or daily customs were practiced and were the subject of Biblical writing.