Sailhamer’s Old Testament History is not (nor is it meant to be) an exhaustive textbook on the history of the Bible, but rather it is a concise overview of the history of the Old Testament. This book is part of a series called Zondervan Quick Reference Library (Sailhamer is also the author of many of the books in this series), and that is exactly what Sailhamer aims for––a quick reference guide.
In eleven short sections, adding up to ninety-six pages total, Sailhamer gets right to the point regarding the history of the Old Testament. He separates the book into eleven brief sections for the reader to quickly find, such as: Introduction, Primeval History, Patriarchal History, Israel in Egypt and the Exodus, Isra...
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... could easily be found in a good study Bible (e.g. the English Standard Version Study Bible, or the New International Version Zondervan Study Bible), so this is not necessarily a book that stands out. The strength of this book is in its short size for easy accessibility; the weakness is that if one already has a good study Bible (or commentary), this will not be anything special or needed.
John Sailhamer’s Old Testament History provides an easy-to-read quick reference guide to benefit all types of people. While this guide does not exhaustively give tons of historical information (there are other books that do that), this will help students, church members, pastors, or anyone needing some quick historical information on the Old Testament. Sailhamer set up to provide a short guide for the history of the Old Testament, and this book accomplishes that task.
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