For many years the Moody Introduction to the Old Testament series has provided students with a comprehensive academic introduction to the books and genres of the Hebrew Bible. Containing in depth information on the literary, historical, sociological, exegetical, textual, and theological issues regarding each book in the Historical Books. Howard's work supplies, in a readable, and easy-to-follow format, all of the information beginning Bible students will need in order to become oriented to critical scholarship and study of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1&2 Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah, and Esther-all of which are as rich in drama as they are in theological meaning, and importance for the Christian life. A national favorite in Christian Colleges across the nation, this book will provide not only learning now, but a continual resource that can be referred to again and again.
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(NOTE: This is a review of the 1st edition.)This book's section on Chronicles begins by saying, "The books of Chronicles are wonderful." The same can be said, I think, of David Howard's introduction to the historical books of the Old Testament (Joshua-Esther in our English Bibles). Howard's engaging writing style and thorough research combine to produce an incredibly useful and concise "one-stop shop" for introductory matters pertaining to this section of the Bible.This book was the textbook for a college course I took on the Historical Books. Before each class, we were quizzed on the relevant chapter from Howard's book. I found the readings from this book to be one of the most helpful parts of that class, and I have revisited this book often as I have had opportunity to teach these books to others.This book does everything an introduction should do. The charts are plentiful and clearly presented, the most significant textual problems are fairly evaluated, and Howard's views are sane and well-defended. I highly recommend this book to college students, Bible class teachers and others seeking to gain a solid foundational understanding of this section of the Old Testament.