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Encountering the Old Testament, 3rd ed.

ISBN: 9781493401925
  • Format:Digital



This new edition of a bestselling evangelical survey of the Old Testament (over 180,000 copies sold) has been thoroughly updated and features a beautiful new interior design. It is lavishly illustrated with four-color images, maps, and charts and retains the pedagogical features that have made the book so popular:

  • chapter outlines, objectives, and summaries
  • study questions
  • sidebars featuring primary source material, ethical and theological issues, and contemporary applications
  • lists of key terms, people, and places
  • further reading recommendations
  • endnotes and indexes

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

For more about the Old Testament, check out De Gruyter’s Old Testament Introduction.

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  • Contains numerous four-color images, maps, and charts
  • Utilizes chapter outlines, objectives, summaries, and study questions for students and teachers alike
  • Devotes substantial attention to all 39 books of the Old Testament as well as introductory matters
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

The authors are commended for providing their readers with a lucid survey of the Old Testament. They cover a wide array of issues in an easy to read text. Complex issues receive a balanced treatment. The illustrations, sidebars, glossary, and study questions open up the relevance of the biblical text both in its ancient context and in our modern situation. A very useful volume.

Willem A. VanGemeren, professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages, Trinity International University

The college-level students for whom this is written will find that this is truly what it claims to be: a textbook aimed at them. It is not the generic, all-purpose work that is too often produced, aimed at all (college and seminary students, pastors, scholars, and interested laypeople) and succeeding at hitting very few. Arnold and Beyer are well-versed in their fields and they succeed at explicating the message of the Old Testament in clear, readable style. A fine, college-level survey that sets a high standard for all such surveys in the future.

David M. Howard Jr., professor of Old Testament, Bethel Theological Seminary

Encountering the Old Testament is packed with data, but is not cluttered. An abundance of visuals, including charts that clearly summarize complex issues, together with a most inviting format whet the appetite for study. Hardly could an inquisitive student ask for better guidance.

Elmer Martens, president emeritus, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary

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 full-color photographs and maps, as well as 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, professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College

  • Title: Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey
  • Authors: Bill T. Arnold, Bryan Beyer
  • Edition: Third Edition
  • Series: Encountering Biblical Studies
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Print Publication Date: 2015
  • Logos Release Date: 2016
  • Pages: 555
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. › Textbooks
  • ISBNs: 9781493401925, 9780801049538
  • Resource Type: text.monograph.survey.old-testament
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T01:40:55Z

Bill T. Arnold is Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author or editor of twelve books, including Ancient Israel’s History, 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 is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina, where he has taught for more than twenty-five years. He is the author of Encountering the Book of Isaiah and coeditor (with Bill Arnold) of Readings from the Ancient Near East.


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  2. Dr. André Villeneuve
    Logos books are so overpriced, it's not even funny - a real deterrent to buying them. This Logos book is almost double the price of the same book on Kindle, and 50% more than the hard copy!

  3. Matthew Langlois