Interpreting the Historical Books explores the components of narrative—setting, characterization, and plot—and then develops the major theological themes in each of the Old Testament historical books. Old Testament scholar Robert B. Chisholm demonstrates how to interpret the narrative writings as they were intended to be understood.
The inaugural volume in the HOTE series, Interpreting the Historical Books begins by exploring the components of narrative-setting, characterization, and plot-and then develops the major theological themes in each of the Old Testament historical books (Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther).
As readers work through Interpreting the Historical Books, they will begin to see and interpret the narrative writings as the writings were intended to be understood. Practical and user-friendly, this handbook includes a glossary of technical terms and examples of how to move from exegesis to proclamation.
The Old Testament displays a remarkable literary and theological unity through a variety of genres. But applying a single, one-size-fits-all method of exegesis can lead to confusion and misunderstanding. A valuable reference tool for students and pastors, the (HOTE) series provides readers with an enhanced understanding of different Old Testament genres and strategies for interpretation.
“The dominant theme of the book is the faithfulness of God.” (Page 89)
“The interpreter’s task is to explain the story line of the literature and to show how the variety of material contributes to the whole.” (Page 25)
“First, the book demonstrates that God is concerned about needy people.” (Page 99)
“Punitive stories highlight the theme of God’s justice.” (Page 33)
“Offline clauses deviate from the wayyiqtol pattern.” (Page 38)
How I wish Interpreting the Historical Books had been available during my formative years of training.
—John Henry Beukema, Christianity Today
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