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  • Written by: Joshua Bowen
  • Narrated by: Seth Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Old Testament is a fierce battleground for atheists and Christian apologists, with each side accusing the other of taking challenging and troubling passages out of context. In this handbook, Joshua Bowen not only provides the background to the Old Testament and the ancient Near East, but engages with hotly contested topics like slavery, failed prophecy, and the authorship of debated Old Testament books. 

This book provides: 

  • clear and straightforward explanations to complex topics 
  • direct engagement with hot-button Old Testament issues 
  • specific arguments to help you in a debate or discussion

Whether you are looking to debate problematic Old Testament issues on social media or have a relaxed, meaningful discussion with a family member over coffee, The Atheist Handbook to the Old Testament is an indispensable resource for you.

©2021 Joshua Aaron Bowen (P)2021 Joshua Aaron Bowen

What the critics say

"Exhibiting an enviable depth of knowledge across a wide range of texts and topics – and with more than a dollop of humor spread throughout – Bowen has written a useful and much-needed overview to some of the most significant topics in the study of the Hebrew Bible. You don’t bring a knife to a gunfight, and you shouldn’t go into a debate about the Bible without your copy of this book handy." (Dr. Joel Baden, Professor of Hebrew Bible, Yale Divinity School)  

"This is more than a book about the Hebrew Bible. And it’s more than a book for atheists. It’s a masterclass in how to read and understand the Hebrew Bible on its own terms - and not those imposed by modern-day believers. An Atheist’s Handbook to the Old Testament digs down deep into those biblical texts so often used by fundamentalist Christians to render the Hebrew Bible a prophetic guidebook to their God - and turns their own arguments on their head. This book is essential reading for anyone who’d like the tools to excavate the Hebrew Bible for themselves with precision, skill and intellectual integrity." (Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Religion, University of Exeter)   

"Bowen's book reminds us that the Hebrew Bible is not precise, and the evidence is overwhelming that it wasn't written by Moses. This assembled compilation of works from unknown authors, editors and redactors promotes barbaric cruelty, and it contains failed prophecies and irreconcilable contradictions, such that a literal interpretation of all of it is untenable." (Aron Ra, Host of the Ra-Men Podcast, Board of Directors for American Atheists)

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Great book

This audiobook is about what they don't teach you in church and what they don't want you to know. It is quite well researched. Reminds me of a university theology course I once took. Will buy part 2 soon.

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an intersection of atheist and religious views

this is a very thorough study. best to keep notes. this is more of a text book because of the detail

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  • Frank Rizzo
  • 2021-07-07

Very informative with beautiful narration

This is one of the most informative and well researched books I’ve listened to in a long while. The narrator has a beautiful calming voice which is an icing on the cake.
Anyone who wants to learn about the Old Testament needs to listen — no matter what their beliefs are — theistic or atheistic.

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  • Dee M.
  • 2021-07-09

Great resource for athiests....

...and anyone else who gets tired of bible literalists proclaiming the infallibility of their book and the"Word" there in. I had a general idea of all the typical anti-apologetics currently used in modern epistemological and theological debates, but now I have someplace to look up the details to support the arguments.

Seth Andrews is a great pick for narrator, too. He has the smooth relaxing tone and cadence of an soft rock FM d.j. as well as an understanding of the subject matter not commonly found in a narrator.

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  • Mark A. Smith
  • 2021-11-03

The Good Book

There was a lot of content but Seth Andrews' narration made it easy. I love history, and I really enjoy biblical related topics, so this was a perfect combination for me. The book is worth the money, and the price is not all that much to start with. My recommendation, get the book

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  • Jolene
  • 2021-08-31

A historically credible analysis made accessible

I just finished my first read through of The Atheist's Handbook to the OT and just wanted to let you that it's a great piece of writing and scholarship IMHO. As a historian and archaeologist, I did subject it to a fair amount of review/citation checking and found it to a rather solid treatment on a variety of related subjects. Dr. Bowen's writing is both authoritative and approachable while simultaneously remaining intelligently colloquial. Which I must say is a rather noteworthy accomplishment given the subject matter. Josh and Megan have something to be very proud of here. - Pat Lowinger

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  • Philip boulanger
  • 2021-08-19

Computer reading this?

The inflection of the reader is so unrelated to the context that it is either a computer reading this or the reader has no comprehension of the sentence by sentence meaning. This makes it quite bizarre to listen to

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-07-23

A great listen! Deep content, suberb narration.

Dr. Josh brings a wide view of the historical context of the first half of the old testament. A refreshing step towards understanding the Bible as what it is. What is Holy to some is wholly engrossing to others.
I eagerly await part 2!

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  • Steve Parry
  • 2022-02-20

Well written, well read.

As a theist, I highly recommend this book for anyone who believes in the God of the Bible. Let's face it. Whatever your religion, they have motivation to misrepresent the Bible to back their theological views. Always listen skeptically, including this book.

My one point of contention is on slavery, comparing the laws of the Bible and the United States. This book leaves out the Biblical laws of loving your neighbor and not abusing the foreigner or alien. The US had no such laws, and one has to factor that in for a fair comparison.

Outside of that, this book does an excellent job of treating the subject matter in a fair, balanced, and thorough manner. This is an excellent read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-12-13

Informative and Reassuring my lack of belief

I can't wait for volume 2. This book gave me answers for questions that apologists raise.

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  • Alex Williams
  • 2021-10-16

Great for anyone

Though the book is aimed at atheists, I think anyone would benefit from this look at the Old Testament. It gives an intriguing look at the historical context around the stories found in the Old Testament. Highly recommend!

The narrator was great, too!

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  • Veidae
  • 2021-08-20

Fantastic all around, on my third read

Dr. Josh does a great job putting things into perspective and educating how we know what we know, as well as how we know what we don't know. I come from a apocalypse fundamental household so the section on Ezekiel and Daniel was fascinating. Can't wait for book 2. Seth as always with a great narration!

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