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The Old Testament Documents: Are They Reliable and Relevant?
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The Old Testament Documents: Are They Reliable and Relevant?


IVP Academic 2001

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In this thought-provoking book Walter C. Kaiser Jr. makes the case that the Old Testament documents are both historically reliable and personally and socially relevant. He begins by looking at the origins of the Old Testament books and how well their texts were preserved. Next he explores Old Testament history, giving close attention to the book of Genesis, the patriarchal narratives, and the chronicles of the kings of Judah and Israel. He then surveys the larger questions of the trustworthiness and authority of the various Old Testament genres: historical narrative, wisdom, and prophecy. Lastly, Kaiser probes the relevance of the Old Testament for Christian faith today. And in an epilogue he asks—and answers—the question “What is the Old Testament all about?”

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Key Features

  • Surveys the trustworthiness and authority of various Old Testament genres
  • Examines the biblical narratives, psalms, and prophetic texts of the Old Testament
  • Makes the case that the Old Testament documents are reliable and socially relevant


  • How Did the Old Testament Originate?
  • Which Books Belong to the Old Testament Canon?
  • How Well Was the Text of the Old Testament Preserved?
  • How Reliable Is Genesis 1—4?
  • How Reliable Is Genesis 4—11?
  • Are the Historical Accounts of the Patriarchs Accurate?
  • Does Archaeology Help the Case for Reliability?
  • Are the Stories of the Exodus & Conquest Reliable?
  • Are the Chronologies of the Old Testament Kings Trustworthy?
  • How Reliable Is the Message of the Torah?
  • How Reliable Are the Wisdom Writings?
  • How Reliable Are the Prophets?
  • How Relevant Is Old Testament Narrative for Us?
  • How Relevant Is Old Testament Torah for Us?
  • How Relevant Is Old Testament Prophecy for Us?
  • How Relevant Are the Wisdom Materials & the Psalms?

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About Walter C. Kaiser Jr.

Walter C. Kaiser Jr. is an evangelical Old Testament scholar, writer, speaker, and educator. He currently serves as the Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and in 2006 retired as their President. Kaiser has contributed to numerous publications, such as the Journal for the Study of Old Testament and Westminster Theological Journal. He has also written over 30 books, including Toward an Exegetical Theology and A History of Israel: From the Bronze Age through the Jewish Wars.