An Introduction to the Old Testament has served Old Testament students for well over fifty years. This classic, scholarly, conservative text concentrates on the literary characteristics of the Old Testament books, arguing for their inner harmony and underlying unity. Young follows a basic pattern in his discourse of each biblical book, focusing mostly on its authorship and purpose and then providing an analysis of the text. He includes a bibliography and indices for persons, places, and subjects.
Praise for the Print Edition
The author of this full-scale Introduction is well known as a conservative scholar who is widely read and who is at pains to give his readers a fair account of the views he is unable to share. All of these qualities are well exemplified here….Of the conservative books on this subject this is easily the best and the most enlightened in its treatment of others….
—Dr. H. H. Rowley in Bulletin of the Society for Old Testament Study
We believe this work of Dr. Young’s will hold the field for years to come. There is no introduction to the Old Testament to equal it….One of the finest features of the book is the history given of the literary criticism of the Old Testament Scriptures….This book surely embodies the results of a tremendous amount of work.
—The Irish Evangelical
We shall now be at no loss for an answer if we are asked to recommend an Old Testament Introduction which on the one hand is up to date and on the other presents and upholds the most conservative case for the Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch, the unity of Isaiah and of Zechariah, the historicity of Jonah and Esther, the exilic date of Daniel, the Davidic authorship of many of the Psalms, and the like. For here is the very book.
- Title: An Introduction to the Old Testament
- Author: Edward J. Young
- Publisher: Eerdmans
- Publication Date: 1977
- Pages: 423
About Edward Young
Edward Young served as professor of Old Testament at Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia. He is the author of Thy Word is Truth, My Servants the Prophets and The Book of Isaiah (3 Vols.).