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The bottom line: A brief, concise introduction to the Old Testament that answers many common questions and provides a path for future study.
On the Old Testament can be thought of as a starter kit for anyone who wants to get serious about OT study. This book is not an all-inclusive guide that lays a foundation of biblical knowledge. It is a blueprint for further study and provides a framework that anyone—a Christian novice or an experienced theologian—can follow and use to their advantage. This book will narrow and sharpen your mental orientation so that you won’t dive into the Bible blind but have a basic understanding of what it is you’re actually reading.
The book is divided into two sections. The first answers common, everyday rebuttals and questions (e.g. Who wrote the OT? and How were the OT books chosen as scripture?) about the OT and provides comprehensive, scripture-based answers. The second section briefly describes all 39 books in the OT and tells who wrote each and for what purpose.
The book is very brief (<100 pages) and is very easy to read. The appendix provides suggestions on what books to buy to guide further study and offers suggestions for building a biblical library. For the valuable book recommendations alone, this will be a resource I use for years to come.
Personally, I think this book’s value derives from its practical applicability. The fact of the matter is, amongst those who claim to be Christians, a large degree of biblical illiteracy exists. That isn’t meant to be an attack, but a recognition of reality. Accordingly, this book provides basic answers to basic questions that anyone serious about biblical study should be very familiar with. On the Old Testament, I think, is best read before the scriptures, and then afterwards, perhaps using some of the recommended books in the appendix to explore further particular Books or certain subjects.
Dr. C. H. E. Sadaphal