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A Tribute To Gleason Archer:Essays On The Old Testament

June 25, 2012

A Tribute to Gleason Archer: Essays on the Old Testament (Edited by Walter Kaiser & Ronald Youngblood, Moody Press, 1986) is a gem of Old Testament scholarly reflection. I readily admit to a lack of objectivity in regards to Dr. Archer, who I had the privilege of studying under while a student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in IL. He was a brilliant teacher and scholar who made a huge impact on me through class content, modeling Christian scholarship and class room processing. The 18 chapters each pick up a theme of Dr. Archer’s work by a current scholar of note divided into three sections; Old Testament Critical Methodologies Assessed, Old Testament Historical Research Apraised, and Old Testament Exegetical Conclusions Applied.  All of the essays were of interest but two especially stood out ; Oral Tradition by Bruce Waltke and The Antiquity and Historicity of the Patriarchal Narratives by Kenneth Barker.These presentations give solid, scholarly, footnoted arguments for evangelical perspectives on controversial Old Testament assumptions. It is my habit to try to invest time every summer in a directed course of reading to refresh my memory and remind myself of what I “already know”. This has been a great book fulfilling all my goals of an OT focused work. Although the book is a bit older it would be well worth the effort to secure a copy and be a great addition to a library.

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