Essay about How Old Is The Earth?

Essay about How Old Is The Earth?

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How old is the earth? What is the Bible’s historical timeline? Does the Bible contain only historical facts? Does the Bible contain any historical facts? Is there a reason Jews spoke Hebrew in the Old Testament era, yet some Jews spoke Greek in the New Testament era? These are the types of questions a reader may think through when reading John H. Sailhamer’s book Old Testament History. Graduating with a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. from University of California at Los Angeles; John Sailhamer is currently professor of Old Testament Studies at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also the author of titles such as: NIV Compact Bible Commentary, The Meaning of the Pentateuch, and An Introduction to Old Testament Theology: A Canonical Approach. Sailhamer was the president of the Evangelical Theological Society in 2000, provost of Dallas Theological Seminary in 1994, and has worked on the editorial teams for both the New Living Translation and the Holman Christian Standard Bible.
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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...


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... New International Version Zondervan Study Bible), so this is not necessarily a book that stands out––this might also be because Sailhamer’s book was published in 1998, and much has come out since then. 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.
Conclusion
John Sailhamer’s Old Testament History provides an easy-to-read quick reference guide to benefit any Bible reader. 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 out to provide a short guide for the history of the Old Testament, and this book accomplishes that task.

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