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Old Testament (Ivp Bible Background Commentary Series)

Old Testament (Ivp Bible Background Commentary Series)

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How can we account for the "Book of the Law" suddenly being discovered during Josiah's renovation of the temple (2 Chron 34:14)? We know from Egypt and Mesopotamia that it was common to seal important documents--including theological documents--in the masonry or foundations of a palace or temple in order to inform a future king who might undertake restoration of the building.

What might the psalmist have had in mind when praising God for removing our transgressions "as far as the east is from the west" (Ps 103:12)? In an Egyptian hymn to Amun-Re, the deity is praised for his judgment of the guilty. As a result of the god's discernment the guilty are assigned to the east and the righteous to the west.

What is meant by God "weighing the heart" (Prov 21:2)? In Egyptian religious tradition we find the notion of the dead being judged before the gods. As the soul is examined, the dead person's heart is weighed in a scale against a feather symbolizing Truth. If the answers are correct and the heart does not outweigh the feather, the soul may enter the realm of everlasting life.

The narratives, genealogies, laws, poetry, proverbs and prophecies of the Old Testament are deeply rooted in history. Archaeologists, historians and social scientists have greatly advanced our knowledge of the ancient in providing historical, social and cultural background for each passage of the Old Testament. From Genesis through Malachi, this single volume gathers and condenses an abundance of specialized knowledge--making it available and accessible to ordinary readers of the Old Testament. Expert scholars John Walton, Victor Matthews and world of the Bible. When we illuminate the stories of Abraham or David, the imagery of the Psalms or Proverbs, or the prophecies of Isaiah or Jeremiah with this backlight of culture and history, these texts spring to new life.

The unique commentary joins The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament Mark Chavalas have included along with the fruits of their research and collaboration
  • a glossary of historical terms, ancient peoples, texts and inscriptions
  • maps and charts of important historical resources
  • expanded explanations of significant background issues
  • introductory essays on each book of the Old Testament
^The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament will enrich your experience of the Old Testament--and your teaching and preaching from Scripture--in a way that no other commentary can do.

- Publisher What was the significance of serpents in biblical times? Why was pork considered unclean? Drawing from various ancient texts and resources, this unique commentary clarifies historical references, social and cultural backgrounds, and archaeological discoveries in an accessible and lucid style that sparkles with interest and enlarges your understanding of Scripture.

- Publisher

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About "Old Testament (Ivp Bible Background Commentary Series)"

How can we account for the "Book of the Law" suddenly being discovered during Josiah's renovation of the temple (2 Chron 34:14)? We know from Egypt and Mesopotamia that it was common to seal important documents--including theological documents--in the masonry or foundations of a palace or temple in order to inform a future king who might undertake restoration of the building.

What might the psalmist have had in mind when praising God for removing our transgressions "as far as the east is from the west" (Ps 103:12)? In an Egyptian hymn to Amun-Re, the deity is praised for his judgment of the guilty. As a result of the god's discernment the guilty are assigned to the east and the righteous to the west.

What is meant by God "weighing the heart" (Prov 21:2)? In Egyptian religious tradition we find the notion of the dead being judged before the gods. As the soul is examined, the dead person's heart is weighed in a scale against a feather symbolizing Truth. If the answers are correct and the heart does not outweigh the feather, the soul may enter the realm of everlasting life.

The narratives, genealogies, laws, poetry, proverbs and prophecies of the Old Testament are deeply rooted in history. Archaeologists, historians and social scientists have greatly advanced our knowledge of the ancient in providing historical, social and cultural background for each passage of the Old Testament. From Genesis through Malachi, this single volume gathers and condenses an abundance of specialized knowledge--making it available and accessible to ordinary readers of the Old Testament. Expert scholars John Walton, Victor Matthews and world of the Bible. When we illuminate the stories of Abraham or David, the imagery of the Psalms or Proverbs, or the prophecies of Isaiah or Jeremiah with this backlight of culture and history, these texts spring to new life.

The unique commentary joins The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament Mark Chavalas have included along with the fruits of their research and collaboration

  • a glossary of historical terms, ancient peoples, texts and inscriptions
  • maps and charts of important historical resources
  • expanded explanations of significant background issues
  • introductory essays on each book of the Old Testament
^The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament will enrich your experience of the Old Testament--and your teaching and preaching from Scripture--in a way that no other commentary can do.
- Publisher

What was the significance of serpents in biblical times? Why was pork considered unclean? Drawing from various ancient texts and resources, this unique commentary clarifies historical references, social and cultural backgrounds, and archaeological discoveries in an accessible and lucid style that sparkles with interest and enlarges your understanding of Scripture.
- Publisher

Meet the Authors

John Walton

John H. Walton (Ph.D., Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, Illinois. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including A Survey of the Old Testament, Old Testament Today, The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament and Genesis (NIVAC)
Koorong - Editorial Review.

Victor Matthews

Victor H. Matthews (PhD, Brandeis University) is associate dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs and professor of religious studies at Missouri State University. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Old Testament Turning Points, Manners and Customs in the Bible, The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Genesis-Deuteronomy, The Old Testament: Text and Context, and A Brief History of Ancient Israel.

Mark Chavalas

Mark W. Chavalas (Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles) is Professor of history at University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse. He is also editor of Emar: The History, Religion, and Culture of a Syrian Town in the Late Bronze Age (with John L. Hayes); New Horizons in the Study of Ancient Syria (with K. L. Younger Jr.);Syria-Mesopotamia and the Bible; The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2000) and Zephaniah (The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: Old Testament).
Koorong - Editorial Review.

Table Of Contents

  • Preface
  • Other Resources
  • pentateuch: Introduction
  • Genesis
  • Ancient Near Eastern Mythology And The Old Testament
  • Ancient Near Eastern Flood Accounts
  • The Religion Of Abraham
  • Major Trade Routes In The Ancient Near East
  • Exodus
  • The Date Of The Exodus
  • Leviticus
  • Numbers
  • Deuteronomy
  • The Covenant And Ancient Near Eastern Treaties
  • historical Literature: Introduction
  • Joshua
  • Egyptian Information About Canaan And Israel
  • Judges
  • The Political Climate In The Early Iron Age
  • Ruth
  • 1 Samuel
  • 2 Samuel
  • 1 Kings
  • 2 Kings
  • The Western Campaigns Of Tiglath-pileser Iii, 734-732
  • 1 Chronicles
  • Significance Of Genealogies To Postexilic Audience
  • 2 Chronicles
  • Sennacherib's Inscriptions
  • Lachish
  • Ezra
  • Nehemiah
  • Esther
  • Herodotus
  • wisdom And Poetic Literature: Introduction
  • Job
  • Retribution Principle
  • Psalms
  • Common Concepts
  • Common Metaphors For God
  • Musical Terms
  • Proverbs
  • Proverbs Echoed In Ancient Near East
  • How Proverbs Were Used
  • Proverbs As Generalized Truth
  • Ecclesiastes
  • Song Of Songs
  • Sexual Metaphor
  • prophetic Literature: Introduction
  • Isaiah
  • Afterlife Beliefs In Israel And The Ancient Near East
  • Jeremiah
  • Seals And Bullae
  • Lamentations
  • Laments Over Fallen Cities In The Ancient World
  • Ezekiel
  • Daniel
  • Akkadian Apocalypses
  • Hosea
  • Joel
  • Day Of Yahweh
  • Amos
  • Economic Changes And Social Classes In Eighth-century Israel
  • Obadiah
  • Jonah
  • Micah
  • Nahum
  • Habakkuk
  • Zephaniah
  • Haggai
  • Zechariah
  • Apocalyptic Literature
  • Summary Of The Temple-building Connections To Zechariah's Visions
  • Malachi
  • Glossary
  • Charts And Maps
  • Topical Index

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4 stars By Steven, Jul 14 2017
This is a very scholarly commentary, not like many others. John Walton is and amazing teacher and there is much to learn here. Perfect for students and teachers of the bible and history as this commentary follows the historical approach. The cover is hardback black cardboard with a sleeve jacket and looks very nice. The only downside that can be annoying is that the book does not stay open by its self as its glue bound. Overall a great book for studies.
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Outstanding background
4 stars By Nat, Aug 24 2016
Brilliant and scholarly work on a wide range of Near Eastern cultures and customs. Best read in conjunction with a more theological commentary to round out your learning.
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