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An Introduction to the Old Testament

An Introduction to the Old Testament

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by Edward J. Young

Edward J. Young's Introduction to the Old Testament has served Old Testament students well over the past forty years. This classic, scholarly, conservative text has been published previously only in hardcover editions; this edition marks the book's appearance in paperback for the first time.

In this study, Young concentrates on the literary characteristics of the Old Testament books, arguing for the inner harmony and underlying unity of the literary units in the Old Testament. The book includes special bibliographies for each chapter, a general bibliography, and three indexes (Scripture, Persons/Places, and Subject). Every book of the Old Testament is discussed and most books have an entire chapter devoted to them. Young's insights shed historical and contextual light to help modern readers who are unfamiliar with the world of the Old Testament. His work is not exhaustive (it is an "introduction), but it is extremely helpful toward gaining understanding of the culture and traditions of the Hebrews, as well as some of the more interesting aspects of the Hebrew language.

About the author: Edward J. Young (1907-1968) was professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA.


"This is quite an outstanding book...We respect its always fair and accurate scholarship. It is a book with which Old Testament scholars will have to reckon." William Barclay

"The author of this full-scale introduction is well-known as a conservative scholar who is widely read and who is at pains to give his readers a fair account of the views he is unable to share...Of the conservative books on this subject this is easily the best and most enlightened..." H.H. Rowley


Paperback; 432 pages

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