An Introduction to the Old Testament Historical Books by David M. Howard Jr.
Moody Publishers 1993
Impact: I certainly could take a lot away from it.
Read it Again: Probably not...
Recommend it: After several other books on the same subject.
What to Expect
A basic overview on the historical books (Joshua-Esther) with background on authors, dates, and disputes concerning each book. He also briefly goes over the general theology and purpose of each book from his particular view point.
A smart guy, but not a great writer. Sometimes the style is extremely textbooky...in the worst sense ("we have noted," "and in conclusion", and "per se" are everywhere).
There is a lot to learn, but sometimes it's a real slog.
Enjoyed this book, but wish he would have taken a firmer stand on a lot of issues. It could have been a lot more exciting if he brought in the big picture themes as well as interesting details instead of the overview middle stuff.
Certainly a good overview. Interesting to get a different angle. Got much more history and information on scholar's controversies than other books.
This was another book in my Ligonier course and I ended up supplement it with Peter Liethart and James Jordan. I just didn't feel like I was getting enough out of this book.
From the Book
Ultimately, that is the best reason for reading the Bible: to discover its revelation of God to us, to learn of His gracious plan of redemption, and to discern how to live. We cannot do so fully, however, without learning how read. This book is intended to point to the Book and whet reader's appetites for that Book. And, in the end that book itself is merely a guide and pointer to someone infinitely more important: the God revealed in its pages.
Thanks for reading,
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