Exploring the Old Testament: A Guide to the Prophets

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Here is a highly-respected reprint in paperback of a title by Gordon McConville on the Old Testament prophets. Covering both the Major and Minor Prophets, this book gives the extra coverage needed for an in-depth study of these special books of the Old Testament.

His brief Introduction establishes the issues involved in beginning study of the prophets and their place in the Bible. Then he launches into a chapter for each prophetic book of the Old Testament. Chapter length corresponds well to length of book.

He begins each study with a discussion of date and destination. Then he will delve into a critical interpretation of the book that will discuss several topics of the book at hand and provide something of a history of interpretation. Next he jumps into structure and outline and covers the contents of the book. He works around to theological themes and concluding topics. He gives a handy list for further reading too.

The book is helpful. He seems to have a little too much fascination with things like form criticism that many Bible students find of little value, but otherwise you will find help. It’s not one the flashy introductions aimed more at beginning students as it aims at someone with some theological training under his or her belt. I consider it a handy volume to add to my shelves.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

2 thoughts on “Exploring the Old Testament: A Guide to the Prophets

  1. Thank you for writing book reviews. I have found several good books through this site. But may I make a request? When you review a book, could you give a little more background on the beliefs of the author. Is he Calvinist, Dispensational, amillennial, Baptist, Anglican, etc. Does he refer to the Greek or Hebrew often? If so which text does he use? I am not asking for an exhaustive list for every little belief the author may hold, but just whatever is relevant to how he approaches the book you are reviewing.

    Thank you.

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