Distinguished biblical scholars offer a conservative look at the history of Israel and the Old Testament, avoiding the trappings of common misconceptions while supporting the Scriptures with carefully researched facts. Ancient documents and archaeological evidence are used to help reveal historical and biblical truth. Although intended for first and second year students, these resources are excellent tools for pastors and laypeople alike. Together these books will help the reader understand the workings of God in history.
Kaiser lets history triumph over hearsay in this comprehensive chronicle of God’s chosen people. He refutes many of today’s common misconceptions about Israel and sets down an accurate account of its history, from the Patriarchal Age to the birth of Christ, based on the Holy Scriptures. Thorough, with attention to detail, Kaiser carefully researched his subject, assembled the facts, and conveyed his findings in a convincing narrative style. He supports the Scriptures’ historical claims with ancient Eastern documents and compelling archaeological evidence. A History of Israel addresses current approaches to the study of the history of Israel, common fallacies found in the modern secular historical study, and convincing proofs for the historical authenticity of the Bible. Kaiser carefully scrapes away the layers of time to reveal the truth about the land and the people of Israel.
Walter Kaiser (the Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Old Testament) retired as President of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2006. He studied at Wheaton College and earned a Ph.D. from Brandeis University. He taught Bible and archeology at Wheaton and then went on to teach Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, for more than twenty years. Dr. Kaiser currently serves on the boards of several Christian organizations. He is the author of more than thirty books, including Toward an Exegetical Theology and Preaching and Teaching from the Old Testament: A Guide for the Church in the Preachers Collection (7 volumes).
In 1948 Hester was invited by the Education Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention to prepare a textbook on the Old Testament for use by college students. The Heart of Hebrew History is the result of that assignment. Intended primarily for students on the freshman and sophomore level, it presents the leading facts and pivotal points in the history of the Hebrew people as given in the Old Testament. Attention is given to archaeology, literary texts, geography, and historical backgrounds.
Hubert Inman Hester was Head of the Department of Religion at William Jewell College, 1926-1961, and the Vice President at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1961-1965. He is the author of The Heart of the New Testament and Southern Baptists and Their History.
This second edition of the widely used and highly praised Old Testament Survey revises the original edition with special emphasis and expansion on historical and geographical topics. The first edition’s focus on literature and narrative is retained, and new and improved maps are also included. In all, the book charts every major element that unifies the Old Testament, making it an excellent companion for Bible reading. Any student desiring a thorough and time-tested overview of the Old Testament will find it in this updated edition.
Paul House is Associate Dean and Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University in Alabama. He contributed to the Word Biblical Commentary (58 volumes).
Eric Mitchell is Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Archaeology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas.