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Hardcover
320 pages
Sep 2007
Baker Books

A Popular Survey Of The Old Testament

by Norman L. Geisler

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Review:

Norman Geisler has set up his Popular Survey of the Old Testament into five parts, along with charts, maps, and photographs to completely illustrate his information.

In Part One, Mr. Geisler lists Christ as: The Key to the Inspiration and Canonization of the Bible, and The Key to the Interpretation of the Bible. Here he makes it clear that we can not study God's Word without realizing these two keys.

Part Two declares The Books of the Law: The Foundation for Christ and those would be Genesis through Deuteronomy.

Part Three declares The Books of History: The Preparation for Christ, including Joshua through Esther.

Part Four declares The Books of Poetry: The Aspiration for Christ, which include Job through Song of Solomon.

Part Five declares The Books of Prophecy: The Expectation of Christ, which include Hosea through Malachi.

Mr. Geisler has written a thorough and comprehensive guide to studying the Old Testament, and at the end of each chapter he has study questions which could be very helpful during a Bible study group session.

For each book of the Old Testament, he asks and answers: Who wrote it? When was it written? To whom was it written? Where were the people located? Why was it written? And he gives three distinct purposes as to the "why" -- historical, doctrinal, and christological. Then lastly, what is the book about?

This is certainly a book for believers old and new, but even to non-believers, this book would present Him as the wonderful Saviour that we know.

-- Sharon I. Rideout, Christian Book Previews.com

Book Jacket:

The world of the Old Testament can seem hard to understand, especially for people living in times and places so far removed from the ancient Middle East. It's not just that we wear different clothes and hold different jobs--people in the West just don't have the same history, the same culture, or the same way of thinking as Old Testament characters like Abraham and David. And this disconnect can make studying the Old Testament an arduous and confusing process. A Popular Survey of the Old Testament is designed to help ordinary people enrich their understanding of Old Testament people and events.

Well-illustrated with color photos, charts, and maps, and written in an easy, informal style, this survey discusses the themes of the various groups of Old Testament books. Here is a solid, evangelical, and uniquely Christ-centered survey.