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Understanding the Old Testament

Written by: Professor Robert D. Miller II,The Great Courses
Narrated by: Professor Robert D. Miller II
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The Old Testament is one of the foundational texts of Western civilization, and is among the most impactful and widely read books in world history. In 24 enthralling lectures, Professor Miller guides you through a core selection of the major books of the Old Testament, inviting you to probe their meaning and relevance in incisive and thought-provoking commentary. Among the books of the Old Testament, you’ll explore:

  • Genesis: Uncover fascinating features of the Old Testament’s opening, such as how the events of the first week of creation form an elaborate pattern, expressing the complex order of the universe; and how the text does not lay primary blame for “the fall” on the woman, Eve;   
  • Deuteronomistic History: Study the epic history of the people of Israel in the Promised Land; follow the story of the Israelites’ disobedience to God, and its tragic consequences;  
  • The Prophets: Through the dramatic stories of the prophets, take account of the challenges faced by those who sought to actualize God’s plan for humanity;  
  • The Books of Ruth and Esther: Among notable women in the Old Testament, explore two stories of women who are doubly at risk, and who prevail through loyalty, resourcefulness, and integrity; and
  • Daniel and the Apocalyptic: In the Book of Daniel, encounter the genre of apocalyptic literature - revelation initiated by God - and contemplate the figure of “the Son of Man,” a promised redeemer.

Throughout the lectures, Professor Miller offers a wealth of perspectives on how to approach the texts. You’ll assess the role of translation in the understanding of the texts, studying the meanings of key Hebrew words; you’ll also look in depth at the history, dating, and writing of the texts, and you’ll study their literary and linguistic features, noting how they achieve their impact on the reader.

In Understanding the Old Testament, you’ll take a revelatory look at this epically impactful document, finding its deeper historical and religious meanings, as well as its sublime literary treasures.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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revolutionary

great lectures, love the companion text pdf, a great way to respark your investigation of faith.

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Excellent scholarly work of this ancient sacred text

Well thought out detailed explanation of scripture and archaeological history incorporated into the analysis, with thoughtful discussion at the end.

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Expand your understanding exponentially

The lectures are about 30 minutes each, and there’s 24 of them. You might think you know a lot about the bible because you’ve read parts of it or have heard the stories many times, even discussed them in church. But this takes it to a whole new level. You will learn the frame of mind of ancient Israelites and the historical archeological data vs the myth, the plurality of meanings with in the myths, and it actually leaves you wanting more. There’s so much that gets glossed over for times sake but if you’re curious you can always investigate these things more closely in another book. I’ll never look at the Old Testament the same and this is a book I’ve carried with me through out my life. Enjoy!

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Considerate

I enjoyed these lectures deeply, they had few gaps in the knowledge and the narrative research was well done.

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