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Inter-Varsity Press The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament

The narratives, genealogies, laws, poetry, proverbs and prophecies of the Old Testament are deeply rooted in history. Archaeologists, historians, and social scientists have greatly advanced our knowledge of the ancient world of the Bible. This unique commentary joins The IVP Bible Background Commentary New Testament in giving historical, social, and cultural background for each Old Testament passage. From Genesis through Malachi it gathers and condenses an abundance of specialized knowledge and makes it available to ordinary readers of the Old Testament.

How can we account for the "Book of the Law" suddenly being discovered during Josiah's renovation of the temple (2 Chronicles 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" (Psalms 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.

Written in a clear, non-technical language, this invaluable aid includes a glossary of historical terms, ancient peoples, texts, and inscriptions; maps and charts of important historical resources; expanded explanations of significant background issues; introductory essays on the background of each book.

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This book is thorough for its size.

Date:February 14, 2012
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I do wish that this book cited sources for its information. It provides a lot of helpful information, but without citing primary sources, one must trust the authors without any verification.
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Disappointing.

Date:January 15, 2012
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This book is not written by the same author as its New Testament counterpart. It goes through almost every verse, but offers little insight into the culture or language. It has a lot of other countries mythologies. Beware as you read this, because it also has unmarked opinions, many of them questionable or wrong.
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Review 3 for The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament
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book is a gotta have it for serious Bible study

Date:November 8, 2010
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This book goes into GREAT detail for the background of Biblical times. A great help for discovering the geography, culture, and history of Biblical people and places.
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Date:January 23, 2008
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Timotheos Michas
A good book for theologians but not too useful for lay people,I would recommend it to my pastor.
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Date:January 2, 2008
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Dee Keith
Craig Keener, in this masterful commentary, has brought to the fingertips of every Christian, whether a new believer, a seminary student, or pastor, a work that will aid your understanding of the Old Testament and enliven your study of it. I heartily recommend it.
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Date:August 28, 2007
For a single volume this book is packed w/ helpful information that can be used for your own Bible study as well as helping the seasoned Pastor prepare a teaching or sermon on any book of the OT.I also own the vol. that tackles the NT. Highly recommended!
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Review 7 for The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament
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Date:September 11, 2001
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Laurie Perry
This book is not a Christian book. In fact, it is anti-Christian! It attempts to refute the infallibility of God's Word by indicating that God allowed Abraham to worship other God's with His approval and that there is "no archaeological evidence for the Flood"! I encourage CBD to remove it from their catalog and in the future to review products with an eye for materials that are supportive of Christianity, not opposed to it!
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Date:October 24, 2000
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Candalee Jones
Great reference book! Break down chapter and verse of the first five books of the OT. Basic theme in bold helps reader locate the appropriate verse quickly. Clearly explains the meaning of phrases and customs. Extra material such as trade routes thoroughly explained. Social, cultural and historical background information. Easy to use and valuable for bible study preparation. I enjoy reading it.
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