Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible

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Baker Publishing Group, Nov 1, 2006 - Religion - 368 pages
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Much of the Old Testament seems strange to contemporary readers. However, as we begin to understand how ancient people viewed the world, the Old Testament becomes more clearly a book that stands within its ancient context as it also speaks against it. John Walton provides here a thoughtful introduction to the conceptual world of the ancient Near East.

Walton surveys the literature of the ancient Near East and introduces the reader to a variety of beliefs about God, religion, and the world. In helpful sidebars, he provides examples of how such studies can bring insight to the interpretation of specific Old Testament passages. Students and pastors who want to deepen their understanding of the Old Testament will find this a helpful and instructive study.

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Great for OT Background Understanding

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This book is excellent if you would like to better understand the background of the Old Testament. Understanding the 'conceptual world' or worldview and customs of the ANE allows one to better ... Read full review

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Admittedly I was a bit sceptical of John Walton after reading his book on Genesis one. This isn't because I disagree (I actually agree quite a bit) but because he had not met my expectations as far as ... Read full review


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John H. Walton (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including A Survey of the Old Testament, Old Testament Today, and The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament.

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