By Tremper Longman III, Raymond B. Dillard

This moment variation of An creation to the previous testomony integrates and interacts with contemporary advancements in outdated testomony scholarship. a number of targeted set it except different introductions to the previous testomony: • it truly is completely evangelical in its point of view • It emphasizes “special introduction”―the learn of person books • It interacts in an irenic spirit with the historical-critical approach • It good points issues of study historical past and consultant students instead of an exhaustive therapy of prior scholarship • It offers with the which means of every booklet, now not in isolation yet in a canonical context • It probes the that means of every publication within the atmosphere of its tradition together with callouts, charts, and graphs, this article is written with an eye fixed on realizing the character of previous testomony historiography. This upper-level creation to the previous testomony bargains scholars an exceptional knowing of 3 key concerns: historic heritage, literary research, and theological message.

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After all, so much of the Old Testament is poetic in form. Indeed, if all the poetry were gathered together into one location, the corpus would be longer than the New Testament. The Conventions of Old Testament Stories Although the Old Testament contains a considerable amount of poetry, it is written primarily in prose. Prose is closer to normal conversational language than is poetry. While cola and stanzas are the building blocks of a biblical poem, sentences and paragraphs are the stuff of prose.

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The conflict generates interest in its resolution. The beginning of a story, with its introduction of conflict, thus pushes us through the middle toward the end, when conflict is resolved. As one studies Old Testament stories, a helpful first step is to do a simple plot analysis. This study provides the frame for future analysis. As mentioned above, characters form the gist of a plot. Some Bible readers will hesitate at this point. Should we treat David, Solomon, Ezra, Esther, Jonah—even Jesus—as characters?

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