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Recommended Reading to Gain a Better Understanding of the Old Testament

For those of you who asked about what one can read to gain a better understanding of the Old Testament, here are some resources to consider:

The first thing to do is spend time reading the actual Old Testament. One way to make that simpler for beginners is a good children’s Bible – If you are brand new to Christianity or are working with someone who is you might benefit from this as one of these will give you the major stories in order so that you get a feel for the flow of things.

Reading the Old Testament – Boadt
This is a good overall summary of things. It is quite thorough.

Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament – Davis
This is a book on understanding the genres of the Old Testament. It is the most basic book I have ever read on biblical genre and would be very, very helpful for someone who wants the basics to understand things better.

The Kingdom of God – Bright
Bright’s book was written back in the 50s and is a general, historical telling of the biblical story. It is a pretty quick read and puts the pieces together really well.

Contours of Old Testament Theology – Anderson
This book sounds more complicated than it is. Anderson’s purpose is to help you understand the Old Testament covenants. This is essential reading.

An Introduction to the Old Testament – Dillard & Longman
This is the most critical of all the books and still pretty conservative. They will give you the various major theories and let you sort it out. It goes through the OT book by book and gives you the basics.

I almost left one out that is the shortest of all of these and also one of the most helpful – Anderson’s “The Unfolding Drama of the Bible” – it helps you understand what the Bible is all about.

Most of these have earlier editions that you can get for a lower price used.

If you have a question about something more specific, say the life of David or the Pentateuch (Gen-Deut) please let me know and I will give more recommendations.

Last I have written a little bit about this and some of this may be of immediate help without buying anything:

Summaries of the Old Testament books – enough information without being overwhelming.

How We Got The Bible – a 14 page document outlining some information about the Old and New Testament, manuscripts, etc.

Book Review: Renewed – Clothed with the Wealth of Jesus in a Tattered Land by Bruce Morton

I have really been enjoying teaching through Colossians the last few Sunday mornings in my adult Bible class. Paul’s letter is so relevant for us today in helping us understand how the things we believe as Christians are different from the belief systems of the world. There is an analogy Paul uses in Colossians 3Continue Reading

Brief Review of a Not so Brief Book – Paul and the Faithfulness of God by N.T. Wright

I started this book months ago while on jury duty and finally finished it last week. I have a hard copy but decided to read this via the kindle app on my iphone 4S. That was brutal! I think I would have to read this book several times to really get out of it halfContinue Reading

Building a Theological & Ministry Library Part 4 – Bible Background

Learning the background of the world around Bible times is critical to good Bible study. There are a number of excellent books to choose from to get you closer to their world. The better you understand their world the better you hear the words from scripture. So here are a few books to consider inContinue Reading

Logos Review: The Indelible Image By Ben Witherington

Take a New Testament theology and blend it with a commentary on the whole New Testament and then pull out the resulting ethical message of every New Testament writer in nearly every new Testament book and you get a 1700 page, 2 volume book of excellence that is “The Indelible Image” by Ben Witherington. ThisContinue Reading

Supernatural by Michael Heiser

Michael Heiser begins his book “Supernatural” with the question, “Do you really believe what the Bible says?” This is a very important question for us to answer. Most of us would answer quickly in the affirmative. However, in all humility we also understand the Bible says many things that we are not really very awareContinue Reading

Building a Theological & Ministry Library Part 1 – Bible Dictionaries

I am starting a series on what books to buy for various areas of study. I am going to break it down two ways: the list is in order of importance. Second, I realize people are on a budget…maybe you are in school and just getting started and so money is tight. I will pointContinue Reading

The Unseen Realm By Michael Heiser

I don’t usually start off book reviews like this but I want to encourage you to read Michael Heiser’s “The Unseen Realm.” My typical approach to a review is to tell you what I think about it and then leave you plenty of room to decide if it is something you should or shouldn’t read.Continue Reading

Logos Review: Theological Interpretation of the New Testament: A Book-by-Book Survey

The Theological Interpretation of the New Testament, edited by Kevin J. Vanhoozer, is an attempt in compiling this collection of writing on the theology of the various books of the New Testament is to get back to a search for God in the scriptures rather than just trying to reconstruct social, historical and religious contextsContinue Reading

Steals and Deals on Theology Books

Every once in a while I run into a great price on a great book on amazon. Typically these are used books at huge discounts to the new price. I wanted to pass on a few of these to you in case any of you are looking for any of these. I won’t put anythingContinue Reading

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