To many people, the Old Testament feels like a jumble of people, books, events, and ideas. Sandra Richter calls this the “dysfunctional closet syndrome,” and in The Epic of Eden she seeks to help readers put the Old Testament in usable order. From the Garden of Eden to the garden of the New Jerusalem, this book will organize your understanding of the Old Testament and renew your enthusiasm for studying the Bible as a whole.
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The Old Testament tells of God’s creation and the redemption of his people. Granted, it is a story that climaxes in the New Testament, but the New Testament cannot be understood apart from the Old. Christians have neglected the study of the Old Testament because (if we are honest) we find it confusing and distant from Jesus Christ, the center of our faith. Sandra Richter’s The Epic of Eden helps the reader discover the riches and passion of the Old Testament story. This book will not only expand your knowledge, it will deepen your spiritual life.
—Tremper Longman, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College
Using the image of a dysfunctional closet as her organizing metaphor, she provides a framework within which Old Testament data can be arranged and understood. Wherever possible she links the biblical material with the New Testament references. Extensive endnotes are evidence of the research that undergirds this book, but the writing style is reader-friendly and captures one’s imagination. Charts and illustrations throughout the book provide visual reinforcement of what is discussed. This is a very enjoyable introduction for beginners.
—Diane Bergant, The Bible Today
Here is a text that will instruct its readers, no matter what level of expertise they bring to it. The author converses with her contemporary lay reader in a winsome manner, knowing well the cultural chasm that exists for many Western readers of the OT. At the same time, her years as both graduate student and professor are evident in her selection and presentation of key themes that introduce the OT. Both the text and the endnotes are goldmines of historical and theological observations and resources.
—Elaine A. Phillips, Bulletin for Biblical Research