08 March 2010

Jehovah and the World of the Old Testament

I was lucky enough to pick this one up from the library. I'd really like to be lucky enough to own it, but since we're trying to get rid of big heavy books instead of getting more, that's not going to happen. It would have been nicer to work through this book while reading the Old Testament, but it was still very interesting to read it on its own.

I've read more about the OT than your average Mormon, because I like it, so a lot of this was familiar, but it was still interesting to read, and it's put together nicely. And if you've generally stayed away from the OT, this is a very good place to start changing that. There are a lot of good and applicable photos, and very often when something was mentioned in the text that you wondered about, there was a photo of it. There are also many excellent sidebars. They might be the best part of the book. Kevin Barney's review has a lot of examples of what's in them.

I particularly appreciated the way the authors dealt with many of the sticky or uncomfortable issues and stories in the OT. Sometimes when you're talking about the OT with LDS readers, you either have to skip the uncomfortable parts, or they're just glossed over by saying that God can do anything. Personally, I thought it was good that the authors acknowledging that it's not necessary to think that Moses was wandering in the Sinai with 3 million people, or that the Documentary Hypothesis is worth discussing, or that there are historical problems with many parts of the Bible, like Joshua and Jonah.

Highly recommended.


  1. I'm reading the OT right now and this sounds like my kind of book. Thanks for the recommendation.

  2. Thanks for mentioning this book. I wasn't aware of either this one or the NT one, and they both sound so good.