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Basic Textbook: Dillard, R. B. and Trempor Longman, An Introduction to the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994. A traditional OT introduction written by two evangelical scholars. An “introduction” to the OT is not a guide to the uninformed, but is a summary of current scholarly opinion about the authorship, date, origins, and composition of each OT book and the issues involved in their interpretation. Required Supplementary Texts: Three additional textbooks are required for this course W. W. Klein, C. L. Blomberg, R. L. Hubbard, Introduction to Biblical Interpreatation. Waco: Word, 1993. Introduces essential issues involved in biblical interpretation and the methods employed with specific types of material. Students may omit sections dealing explicitly with the New Testament. F. F. Bruce, Israel and the ations : The History of Israel from the Exodus to the Fall of the Second Temple. InterVarsity, 1998. This is a very fine short presentation of the history of biblical Israel. The middle section of the class will take you rather quickly through this material. V. H. Matthews, D. C. Benjamin, Social World of Ancient Israel: 150-587 BCE. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1993. In the lectures, we will take a rapid overview, in chronological order, of the world of the OT. This book complements that by covering the world of the OT from the perspective of social settings and institutions.
Asbury Theological Seminary
Testament, Kentucky, Old, OT520, Spring