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Baker Encountering the Bible Upgrade (3 vols.)

by Arnold, Bill T., Hagner, Donald A., Beyer, Bryan E.

Baker Academic 1998–2007

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Baker Encountering the Bible Upgrade (3 vols.)
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Each volume in the Baker Encountering the Bible collection is designed for classroom use and includes a number of helpful features, including a bibliography for further research, a glossary of key terms, chapter objectives, chapter outlines, study questions, and focus boxes. These three volumes will help students of the Bible understand both the world of the Scriptures and the issues addressed in modern scholarship. The books offer the expertise of renowned biblical scholars through an engaging and down-to-earth presentation. Each volume also provides ample introduction to the modern academic field of Biblical Studies. With these resources, surveying the books, culture, and context of the Bible is informative and enjoyable.

The Logos version integrates seamlessly into your personal digital library and allows you to access dictionaries and other reference resources with a click. Read your preferred Scripture translation alongside the text for a more robust understanding of the people and places of the Bible.

The volumes in this upgrade collection cover the books of Genesis, Isaiah, and Hebrews.

Key Features

  • Focus boxes addressing ethical and theological concerns
  • Highlight essays isolating key issues
  • Learning objectives and a chapter outline
  • End-of-chapter study questions, review questions, and chapter summaries

Individual Titles

Encountering the Book of Genesis

  • Author: Bill T. Arnold
  • Series: Encountering Biblical Studies
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 234

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This accessible introduction to Genesis examines introductory issues, overarching themes, and the argument of the book. This work is designed for the serious student of the Bible—author Bill T. Arnold provides detailed discussions of topics such as authorship, Creation, Abraham’s faith, Jacob’s struggles, Joseph’s time in Egypt, and God’s enduring promises. Chapter outlines, key terms, study questions and sidebar information make this a valuable resource for those engaged in biblical studies.

Arnold’s style is lucid and well-balanced, and the format adopted by the publisher is crisp and user-friendly. This is an important addition to the resources available to a serious student of Genesis.

Daniel I. Block, Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College

The strength of [this book] is its balanced coverage, including interpretive, theological, and critical issues. The author is even-handed in dealing with the wide variety of questions raised by the book of Genesis and writes in a style that is both theologically sophisticated and accessible.

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

May its well-written and readable prose trigger a renewed interest in a balanced and eager study of this most important of Old Testament books.


Bill T. Arnold is director of Hebrew Studies and professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books, including 1 & 2 Samuel, Encountering the Old Testament, and (with John H. Choi) A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax. He coedited The Face of Old Testament Studies.

Encountering the Book of Isaiah: A Historical and Theological Survey

  • Author: Bryan E. Beyer
  • Series: Encountering Biblical Studies
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 304

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

In this volume, Bryan Beyer offers a comprehensive introduction to the book of Isaiah that surveys the book’s content, its meaning in its original context, and its application for people today. Beyer presents the prophet’s recurring themes of remnant, the sovereignty of God, the Day of the Lord, covenant obligations, Messiah, and God and the nations. He pays special attention to Isaiah’s use of geographical issues to illustrate his message, Isaiah’s place in the canon of Scripture, and the implications of the book for mission.

Bryan Beyer has done a service for all those who struggle to understand the complex book of Isaiah. In clear yet engaging prose, he has made the profound theology of the book available to all of us. In addition, he goes the next step, addressing the related questions that study of the book raises. This is the best general handbook to Isaiah that is currently available.

John N. Oswalt, research professor of Old Testament, Wesley Biblical Seminary

The book of Isaiah is easy to get lost in, so having a knowledgeable guide can be crucial. Bryan Beyer has provided just such a service in this accessible tour of one of the most complex and magisterial books of the canon. His judicious discussions show a depth of knowledge and a balanced assessment of difficult issues. The student of Isaiah will find the book opened up in ways that will promote scholarship as well as faith.

John H. Walton, professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College

Bryan E. Beyer is a professor of Old Testament at Columbia International University Seminary and School of Missions. He is the author of several books and coeditor of Readings from the Ancient Near East.

Encountering the Book of Hebrews

  • Author: Donald A. Hagner
  • Series: Encountering Biblical Studies
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 224

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Although the book of Hebrews “is not exactly what most of us would regard as a user-friendly book,” notes author Donald Hagner, “Hebrews has always been popular among Christians.” This volume was written to help students more fully appreciate the complexities of this favorite section of Scripture. Hagner begins by exploring introductory issues (historical backgrounds, author, audience, date, purpose, structure, and genre) and overarching themes (heavenly archetypes and earthly copies, the use of the Old Testament, and the attitude toward Judaism). The heart of the book then offers a chapter-by-chapter exposition.

Unlike commentaries, this book does not try to be exhaustive, but instead guides students to the issues that are most important for their study. Hagner concludes with a final look at the contribution of Hebrews to the New Testament, New Testament theology, the church, and the individual Christian.

Donald Hagner’s Encountering the Book of Hebrews is a splendid treatment of one of the most important, though probably one of the most difficult, New Testament writings. It is not a verse-by-verse commentary but a section-by-section assessment of the argument and issues of the book. It reflects extensive and detailed investigation and is user-friendly in style and expression, with helpful sidebars, excursuses, charts, tables, photographs, bibliographies, and study questions . . . this informed and engaging exposition also deserves careful study by all earnest, inquiring Christians.

Richard N. Longenecker, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary

This thoughtful, well-documented, and attractively produced study should help undergraduate-level students come to terms with a writing which, as the author admits, most people do not initially regard as user-friendly.

Paul Ellingworth, lecturer, University of Aberdeen

Designedly user-friendly and easy to find your way about. . . . The content is admirable. Hagner’s impressive familiarity both with Judaica and with post-apostolic Christian literature is brought to bear in the most accessible and enriching way. . . . It is meaty, rather than easy reading, but there is constant nourishment for the intelligent, well-motivated reader.


Donald A. Hagner is the George Eldon Ladd Professor of New Testament and chairman of the New Testament department at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he has taught for over 20 years. He is the author of highly regarded commentaries on Matthew (Word Biblical Commentary: Vol. 33aVol. 33b) and Hebrews (New International Biblical Commentary) as well as several other books.

Product Details

  • Title: Baker Encountering the Bible Upgrade
  • Series: Encountering Biblical Studies
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 762