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. When we illuminate the stories of Abraham or David, the imagery of the Psalms or Proverbs, or the prophecies of Isaiah or Jeremiah with this backlight of culture and history, these texts spring to new life.
The unique commentary joins The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament in providing historical, social and cultural background for each passage of the Old Testament. From Genesis through Malachi, this single volume gathers and condenses an abundance of specialized knowledge—making it available and accessible to ordinary readers of the Old Testament.
The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament will enrich your experience of the Old Testament—and your teaching and preaching from Scripture—in a way that no other commentary can do.
- Glossary of historical terms, ancient figures, texts and inscriptions
- Includes maps and charts of important historical resources
- Expanded explanations of significant background issues
- Introductory essays on each book of the Old Testament
Praise for the Print Edition
The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament is a treasure of information crucial to enriching your understanding of the Bible.
—Tremper Longman III, Westmont College
- Title: IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament
- Editors: John H. Walton, Victor H. Matthews, and Mark W. Chavalas
- Publisher: IVP
- Publication Date: 2000
- Pages: 832
About the Editors
John H. Walton received his PhD from Hebrew Union College and is Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College. Previously he was Professor of Old Testament at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois.
Victor H. Matthews is Dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs and Professor of Religious Studies at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.
Mark W. Chavalasis Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.