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Introduces readers to the theological contribution of each book of the Old Testament.


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Introduces readers to the theological contribution of each book of the Old Testament.

30 review for The Faith of Israel: A Theological Survey of the Old Testament

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ina Cawl

    A very helpful reference book to the (Old Testament) but what i didnot like about this is that it more looks like Old Testament for Dummies than a Theological Survey even after this bitter remark i would recommend this book to any person who has no clue to the Old Testament

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Manuel

    The Faith of Israel by William J. Dumbrell falls into an awkward area that I like to call introductory academic books. Books that tend towards a very scholarly academic audience, but due to their introductory nature don't go as deep as many who want the scholarly in-depth analysis would like. I feel like this description fits Dumbrell's work here. He provides a fine overview of every book in the Old Testament following the Jewish order of the Bible. However, his book tends toward the scholarly, The Faith of Israel by William J. Dumbrell falls into an awkward area that I like to call introductory academic books. Books that tend towards a very scholarly academic audience, but due to their introductory nature don't go as deep as many who want the scholarly in-depth analysis would like. I feel like this description fits Dumbrell's work here. He provides a fine overview of every book in the Old Testament following the Jewish order of the Bible. However, his book tends toward the scholarly, and is much better as a resource than a book to read through, but doesn't go in depth like a commentary (scholarly or not) would so it also feels a bit lacking too. I know reading it all the way through was a bit of a slog in places, and it felt a lot longer than 333 pages. I do see how it would be useful to look up basic things to help prepare one for studying a particular book. I don't want to make it seem like this is a bad book or anything. Dumbrell has many good insights and gives solid information on the topic he is writing about. It is just the limited nature of a book like this that brings it down. You can use it for a basic overview of the Bible, but if you're wanting to study a book in depth you'll want a commentary or a work devoted to that book. However, if you're not necessarily someone interested in a very scholarly approach to a Biblical overview, Dumbrell will be over your head. Overall, Dumbrell's The Faith of Israel is a decent resource to see if you're interested in going down the path to scholarly Biblical studies. It can help serve as a general resource to get you by until you get more specific works, but if you're looking for more practical and application oriented overviews, you'll be a little disappointed and maybe a bit overwhelmed by Dumbrell's theological language. There is a place for a book like this, but I can't help but feel it is a very narrow one.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Good, but not Dumbrell's best. He basically goes through and summarizes the different sections of the OT books. Its more like a commentary on whole passages, than an "Old Testament Theology." Where he does make theological comments, they are generally excellent. Unfortunately, they are few and far between. It is a slow read, because it is dense and not as captivating as I had hoped. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this, though I haven't read enough other book-by-book OT theologies to intelligen Good, but not Dumbrell's best. He basically goes through and summarizes the different sections of the OT books. Its more like a commentary on whole passages, than an "Old Testament Theology." Where he does make theological comments, they are generally excellent. Unfortunately, they are few and far between. It is a slow read, because it is dense and not as captivating as I had hoped. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this, though I haven't read enough other book-by-book OT theologies to intelligently recommend a replacement.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Axekickr

    My "go to" book to assess the theological message of an OT book in sermon preparation. My "go to" book to assess the theological message of an OT book in sermon preparation.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Aswindo

    Very exicting book hehehehe

  6. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Alvers

    I finished this book today... It was good

  7. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    Excellent survey of OT.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    A helpful reference book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    G.M. Burrow

    Good.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dani0010

    Fantastic commentary on the Pentateuch.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mark Williamson

    Incredibly helpful. Brief intro to each Old Testament book outlining its significance in the theology of the Bible.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stuart

    Not done yet...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mike

  14. 5 out of 5

    Aubrey

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sloan Parker

  16. 4 out of 5

    Megan Messersmith

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nehemiah

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cody Gardner

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gelu Duplenschi

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mark Powell

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ross Von Hausen

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shane Becker

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julie Littlejohn

  26. 4 out of 5

    Len Ritchie

  27. 5 out of 5

    derek

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marcelo Contreras

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hans Kristensen

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