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“Whereas Exodus ended by emphasizing where to worship God (i.e., the tabernacle), Leviticus deals with how to worship him.” (Page 119)
“One common prophetic theme is covenant obligations.” (Page 347)
“It is vitally important for God’s leaders to live lives of faithful obedience so others can learn from their example. Of course, our ultimate trust should always rest in the Lord, not in earthly leaders.” (Page 201)
“Moses gave the most important expression of the Israelite concept of monotheism: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one’ (6:4). This famous verse is known as the Shema, which is the first Hebrew word of the sentence (šěmaʿ, ‘hear’). The unique way in which Moses states this great truth is more than a simple philosophical expression of the idea that the Israelite God, Yahweh, is the only God in existence. It does mean that. But it also emphasizes the consistency of God.3 He never changes; there is no duplicity in his character. He acts the same today as he did yesterday.” (Page 146)
Arnold and Beyer have produced an exciting new survey of the Old Testament with the college student specifically in mind. They have masterfully designed their work with text and graphics in a way that will not only grip the student’s attention but will guide students through the material with their expert touch. I enthusiastically recommend this volume to you.
—Tremper Longman III, professor of Old Testament, Westmont College
For college students who are encountering the Old Testament for the first time, this attractively produced textbook offers a clear and helpful orientation to the world and literature of the Old Testament . . . the user-friendly charts, sidebars, and review aids . . . combine to invite everyone who opens this book to begin reading it immediately—a refreshing improvement over the standard textbook fare!
—Richard Schultz, Blanchard Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College
Bill T. Arnold (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is a professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Encountering the Book of Genesis, Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books, A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax, and a commentary on 1 and 2 Samuel.
Bryan E. Beyer (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is a professor of Old Testament at Columbia International University Seminary and School of Missions. He is the author of Encountering the Book of Isaiah and coeditor (with Bill Arnold) of Readings from the Ancient Near East.
Phillip J. Long