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Learning about the Old Testament: A Biblical-Theological Introduction (Harman)

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How does the Old Testament relate to your faith? Is it just a collection of thrilling stories and strange rules which have been superseded by the New Testament? Or is it a source of guidance and learning that helps maintain a vigorous Christian life?

In Learning About the Old Testament Allan Harman explains many different aspects of the Old Testament, particularly the importance of covenant in God’s relations with humanity. This is seen in what he promised at creation, and to Noah and Abraham. Harman also covers the history of Israel, looking at the exodus from Egypt and the covenant instituted at Sinai. In particular, he shows how the Messiah is anticipated.

Brief surveys are also given of what it meant to be a ruler or king in Israel, as well as a prophet and a poet.


Table of Contents: 

  1. Approaching the Old Testament
  2. Background to the Old Testament
  3. God’s Covenants
  4. The Covenant of Creation
  5. The Covenant with Noah
  6. The Covenant with Abraham
  7. The Exodus
  8. The Covenant at Sinai
  9. Worship in Ancient Israel
  10. The Conquest and the Period of the Judges
  11. The Introduction of Kingship
  12. The Fate of the Monarchy
  13. The Prophets
  14. Poets and Wise Men
  15. Unveiling the Future
  16. The New Covenant
  17. Exile and Return
  18. The Promised Messiah
  19. Preaching from the Old Testament 



Allan Harman has had a life-time interest in exposition of the biblical text, and also in the history of interpretation. He is Research Professor of Old Testament at the Presbyterian Theological College in Melbourne, Australia. He has lectured and preached in many countries, and he served as the senior editor of the Reformed Theological Review, Australia's oldest theological journal until he retired at the end of 2013.



‘Allan Harman’s volume is a very useful introduction to the Old Testament.’ — John Currid



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