Best Conservative Old Testament Introduction

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Michael Kinch | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Feb 11 2018 4:12 PM

In your opinion what do you consider to be the best old testament introduction?  Thanks!

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Lonnie Spencer | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 11 2018 4:30 PM

https://www.logos.com/product/9673/an-introduction-to-the-old-testament

Introduction to the Old Testament- Longman and Dillard

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Mike Childs | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 11 2018 8:43 PM

Lonnie Spencer:

https://www.logos.com/product/9673/an-introduction-to-the-old-testament

Introduction to the Old Testament- Longman and Dillard

I realize I am getting old in the tooth, but I still like R. K. Harrison.

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EastTN | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 12 2018 7:06 AM

Lonnie Spencer:

https://www.logos.com/product/9673/an-introduction-to-the-old-testament

Introduction to the Old Testament- Longman and Dillard

It was one of the textbooks in a class I took a while back.  I thought it was a solid introduction.  The other text we used was:

An Old Testament Theology: An Exegetical, Canonical, and Thematic Approach by Waltke and Yu.

I benefited from both books, but if you're looking for an introduction, I would recommend  Longman and Dillard.

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Kevin Wang | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 12 2018 8:08 AM

I recommend this: https://www.logos.com/product/145483/crossway-biblical-theological-introduction-collection

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament: The Gospel Promised by Miles Van Pelt

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Lee | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 12 2018 11:28 AM

If you mean "introduction" in the technical sense, Longman and Dillard stands out.

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Michael Kinch | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 12 2018 11:39 AM

Thanks everyone.  One more question.  How does an Introduction differ from a Survey? Are they different names for the same thing or do they serve different functions?

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Lee | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 12 2018 11:58 AM

From Carson and Moo:

The primary focus of this book is “special introduction” – that is, it treats historical questions dealing with authorship, date, sources, purpose, destination, and the like.

From Longman and Dillard:

The genre of introduction has a well-established place in the field of Old Testament studies. It is one of the first volumes that serious students of the Bible encounter in their quest to understand the text. Its very title connotes the preliminary nature of its subject matter. As E. J. Young commented, the word derives from the Latin introducere that means "to lead in" or "to introduce" (1949, 15).

It is thus the purpose of this introduction, like all introductions, to acquaint the reader with information that is important to know in order to read the books of the Old Testament with understanding. In more contemporary terminology, our goal is to provide the student with resources needed to achieve reading competence.

Typically, an introduction concentrates on background details/issues a lot more.

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Paul | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 13 2018 2:01 PM

If you are going to ask about OT Survey.  I would wholeheartedly recommend Walton and Hill. https://www.logos.com/product/9674/a-survey-of-the-old-testament . As Lee said, Intros and Surveys are different animals and it would be good to have one of each.  R. K. Harrison was certainly a classic.  Longman and Dillard would have more recent interpretations.  Either would complement Walton and Hill nicely.

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Michael Kinch | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 16 2018 4:47 AM

Thanks again.  Very helpful information.

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 16 2018 7:01 AM

This is my number 1 pick: Encountering the Old Testament by Baker Academic

DAL

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Olli-Pekka Ylisuutari | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 27 2021 8:50 AM

Lonnie Spencer:

https://www.logos.com/product/9673/an-introduction-to-the-old-testament

Introduction to the Old Testament- Longman and Dillard

This also is now on sale: Zondervan Old and New Testament Introduction (2 vols.) | Logos Bible Software

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 27 2021 10:28 AM

Olli-Pekka Ylisuutari:

Thanks! I had missed that (owning the NT Intro already, the dynamic price for the bundle was only 10 Euro  / $12) 

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Richard J. Ward | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 27 2021 10:46 AM

An Introduction to the Old Testament by E. J. Young is good and conservative. Everything I have read by Young has been good.

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Olli-Pekka Ylisuutari | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 27 2021 10:57 AM

NB.Mick:

Thanks! I had missed that (owning the NT Intro already, the dynamic price for the bundle was only 10 Euro  / $12) 

Yes

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 29 2021 1:49 PM

Michael Kinch:

In your opinion what do you consider to be the best old testament introduction?  Thanks!

This one: https://www.logos.com/product/205641/a-catholic-introduction-to-the-bible-the-old-testament

Please use descriptive thread titles to attract helpful posts & save others time. Thanks!

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Olli-Pekka Ylisuutari | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 29 2021 1:59 PM

SineNomine:

Already pre-ordered! Yes

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Michael Kinch | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Nov 30 2021 7:21 AM

SineNomine:

How does a  Catholic introduction differ from a protestant one?

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Olli-Pekka Ylisuutari | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Nov 30 2021 7:36 AM

Michael Kinch:

How does a  Catholic introduction differ from a protestant one?

I would assume it has the deuterocanonical books, also.

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Doc B | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Nov 30 2021 9:21 AM

Mike Childs:
I realize I am getting old in the tooth

Mike Childs:
I still like R. K. Harrison.

Me, too. (I'm not old, I'm experienced.)

I like Harrison and Young, in that order. Young is probably slightly more conservative, but Harrison is quite a bit more detailed, and his work on JEPD is unmatched, IMO.

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