Brimming with insights, this volume by evangelical scholars explores a broad range of Old Testament studies. The contributers explore methodological issues, survey the five major era's in Israel's history, and focus on specific issues related to understanding Old Testament historical texts - such as the dating of the Exodus, the use of large numbers during Israel's monarchy, and the literary features in the book of Esther. Compiled in honor of Eugene H. Merrill, this volume helps Old Testament students understand how to "give the sense" (in the words of Nehemiah 8:8) of what God's Word says in historical narratives.
"Nothing could be more appropriate in a volume honoring a man whose scholarship has been rich, informative, and diverse, than that the volume show similar traits. this collection of essays...ranges widely over topics methodological, literary, archaeological, historical, and theological, and concludes with stimulating discussions of what it takes to preach well from the O.T.'s narrative historical texts. Whether one's interests lean toward larger general issues or more focused technical questions, one will find much to like and learn in this very welcome collection." - V. PHILIPS LONG: Professor of Old Testament, Regent College, Vancouver
"The contributors-well-chosen for their individual articles - reflect awareness of and expertise in the literature of their respective areas. Together, they have produced a discussion... that will both honor Eugene Merrill and benefit students of the Old Testament." - JOHN LAWLOR: Professor of Old Testament, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
About the Authors:
David M. Howard Jr. (Ph.D., The University of Michigan) is professor of Old Testament at Bethel Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. He is the author of four books, including An Introduction to the Old Testament Historical Books and Joshua (in the New American Commentary series).
Michael A. Grisanti (Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) is associate professor of Old Testament at The Master's Seminary in Sun Valley, Calif., and is a contributor to the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis and Missions in a New Millennium: Changes and Challenges in World Missions.