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Nelson's Old Testament Survey: Discovering the Essence, Background & Meaning About Every Old Testament Book [Hardcover]

By Charles Dyer (Author) & Gene Merrill (Author)
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Pages   864
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 6.7" Height: 2"
Weight:   3.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 31, 2003
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0785250379  
EAN  9780785250371  
UPC  020049050378  

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This handy resource allows the reader to quickly summarize or review all the pertinent details about any Old Testament book. More than a Bible handbook but less than a commentary, Nelson's New Illustrated Old Testament Survey provides a section by section breakdown of issues and topics dealt with in the Hebrew Scriptures.

It includes:

  • Complete but concise outlines of every Old Testament book
  • A succinct introduction for each book
  • Sections that identify each Bible author's theological emphasis
  • Inserts that highlight real-life insights
  • Arguments for the unity of the original manuscripts

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More About Charles Dyer & Gene Merrill

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! CHARLES DYER (B.A., Washington Bible College; Th.M. and Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) served as provost and dean of education at Moody Bible Institute before becoming Professor-at-Large of Bible at Moody and host of "The Land and the Book" radio program. Before coming to Moody, Charlie served for 20 years in multiple administrative and faculty roles at Dallas Theological Seminary - ultimately serving as Executive Vice President under Chuck Swindoll. In addition to his role as host of "The Land and the Book" radio program, Charlie is an Old Testament scholar and an authority on Middle Eastern history and geography. He also serves as Associate Pastor of Grace Bible Church in Sun City, Arizona. Charlie has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East for more than 30 years, leading more than 80 trips. He is the author of numerous books, including "A Voice in the Wilderness, What's Next?, The New Christian Traveler's Guide," "Character Counts: The Power of Personal Integrity," and "Thirty Days in the Land with Jesus." His most recent book is "The Isis Crisis." Charlie and his wife, Kathy, have been married for more than 40 years and have two grown children.
MARK TOBEY (Moody Bible Institute; Dallas Theological Seminary) is a pastor, freelance writer, and editor. Previously he served in publishing and as an adjunct professor of pastoral studies. Mark is co-author of "Strike the Dragon" with Dr. Charles Dyer and is a collaborator for "The Trouble with Jesus Study Guide" with Dr. Joe Stowell. He and his wife, Tracy, have three children.

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Theology at its finest!  May 27, 2008
Charles Dyer and Eugene Merrill are two of the premier Bible theologians in the world who teach at Dallas Theological Seminary, the only seminary in the world teaching every book of the Bible. Dyer and Merrill have a clear, concise, excellent interpretation on the "big picture" of God's word! I highly recommend this book and any others they've written. This will help you observe, interpret, and apply God's word. I personally vouch for these mens' depth of knowledge, decication to accuracy, personal integrity, and commitment to the accurate interpretation of God's Word. This is one for your library! Study it with your Bible; New American Standard and New King James are the two best word-for-word interpretations into modern English. Tommy Braund
Conservative Conclusions with an Eye Toward Application to Our Lives  Mar 10, 2008
Merrill and Dyer do a great job with this book. It surveys the background and purpose and theology of each Old Testament book, and it gives a brief section by section exposition of the text. There are also gray colored sections that apply spiritual truths to the lives of believers. There are also some gray sections which highlight the literary and theological qualities of choice passages.

This is a much more conservative approach to the Old Testament than, say, Lasor, Hubbard and Bush's Old Testament Survey, which is evangelical only by the most generous extension.

Merrill covers Genesis-Song of Songs. He believes that Moses wrote the Pentateuch (except for Deuteronomy 34, which records his death), and that it was complete by 1406 BC. He believes that the Israelites literally went through the Red Sea, and that the Egyptian deliverance happened with the supernatural working of Almighty God, just as the text says.

Whenever there is a debate as to when a particular book was written, Merrill and Dyer almost always choose the earliest possible date.

Charles Dyer was responsible for penning the material from Isaiah-Malachi. His material is very good, but he seems to be in more of a rush to head to the New Testament to find fulfillment in Christ rather than let the OT texts speak first in their contexts. He applies Isaiah 4:2 to Christ when it most likely refers to the remnant community. He believes that Isaiah 7:14 refers to the virgin birth of Christ without even looking to see what this text would have meant to Isaiah's community back in 730 BC (I think Christ fulfills Isaiah 7:14 analogically - just as a child born to a maiden in Ahaz' household meant deliverance for his people, so the birth of Christ born to the virgin Mary means deliverance for us).

Dyer believes that there was one Isaiah, not three. He also believes that Obadiah (which means "The Lord's Servant") and Malachi (which means "My messenger) were real people. Both Dyer and Merrill are also believers in the supernatural. Therefore, Daniel, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is able to prophesy about events that happened centuries after his life.

Dyer rightfully indicates that Ezekiel 36-48 follows the same pattern as Exodus 24-40. Both speak of a covenant that God makes with Hisn people, Both speak of a supernatural deliverance by God from enemies. Both discuss building God a dwelling place. Ezekiel is describing in effect a second exodus for God's people. I was surprised that He didn't make a strong New Testament connection here, because Christians have also experienced an exodus from sin through Christ's blood.

Both authors handle the text well. I enjoyed this book very much. In terms of constructive criticism, neither author talks much about how some of these books were revised through the years (expressions such as "and it is still here to this day"). It helps to explain why a book originally written in, say, 1406 BC, might have verses or paragraphs which sound like they were written at a later time.

But this is a small little bit of armchair quarterbacking. The book is great, and I highly recommend it.
Great Investment  Nov 22, 2007
This volume is a great over all view ofthe old testament thatseems to be easy to read and has so much information that its practicality seems almost limitless. Well worth the investment.
Nelson's Old Testament Survey  Oct 30, 2007
This is an excellent survey of the Old Testament, very through and informative. It is presented from a conservative viewpoint, but not from what I would consider an ultra-conservative mindset. I would highly recommend it.

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