If you’re like many people, when you think of the Old Testament, you recall individual stories rather than seeing the Old Testament as a panoramic view of God’s redemptive work. Here is a book that will help you see the Old Testament as a unified whole. Replete with helpful charts and maps, this useful survey of the Old Testament by Irving L. Jensen is sure to open up your understanding of the Old Testament whether you are a seminary professor or a beginning student of the Bible. The method of “Jensen’s Survey of the Old Testament” is to motivate the student to discover new truths on his own. Written in Jensen’s usual precise, clear, and understandable style, this is the only survey guide of its kind and a must for every student of the Bible.
Irving L. Jensen
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Then buy this book! I've had this book (and Jensen's Survey of the New Testament) for over 15 years. I have used them both to help guide me in my study of dozens of Bible books, and they have been a huge help in my spiritual growth. I love them so much I am now going through the Gospel of John with my teenage boys, using Jensen's New Testament book as a guide. Both the boys and I are loving it. In fact, I ordered them each their own copy to help them start their own Christian libraries.
In your study of a Bible book, Jensen will guide you first through an overview of the entire book so you can see the big picture, of the book itself, and of the book's place in the entire Bible. This has been very helpful in demystifying the Old Testament for me. Then he takes you through several main topics within the book, so you can focus on the details. He also has very insightful ideas for application and further study.
I give it my highest recommendation.
Every single time I do bible study, I pull out this book. The man was brilliant and knew inductive bible study like the back of his hand. This book is NOT recommended for people who like "warm and fuzzy" bible studies or need a ton of instruction, as it is set out with the premise that you understand observation, interpretation, and application. I would recommend his book "Independent Bible Study" FIRST, so that you can understand how to do inductive bible study. The book is really not a study, as much as a guide pointing you to places in the Word that help you discover truths for yourself. An EXCELLENT resource for serious students of the Word!
This is one of the best tools a Bible student could ever have. I wish every Christian could own one, keep it beside their Bible, and use it! It helps bring perspective and clarity to each book of the Old Testament. It also has lots of charts that help you understand where each book fits in to the whole scheme of things. The Old Testament will begin to make more sense as you understand the main themes of each book and why it was written.
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