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Ronald Youngblood's concise guide to the central themes of the Old Testament has served students for thirty years. In "The Heart of the Old Testament," Youngblood demonstrates the thematic unity of the Bible by tracing the development of nine key concepts through the Old Testament and into the New: monotheism, sovereignty, election, covenant, theocracy, law, sacrifice, fai Ronald Youngblood's concise guide to the central themes of the Old Testament has served students for thirty years. In "The Heart of the Old Testament," Youngblood demonstrates the thematic unity of the Bible by tracing the development of nine key concepts through the Old Testament and into the New: monotheism, sovereignty, election, covenant, theocracy, law, sacrifice, faith, and redemption. These concepts constitute the very heart of the Old Testament.


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Ronald Youngblood's concise guide to the central themes of the Old Testament has served students for thirty years. In "The Heart of the Old Testament," Youngblood demonstrates the thematic unity of the Bible by tracing the development of nine key concepts through the Old Testament and into the New: monotheism, sovereignty, election, covenant, theocracy, law, sacrifice, fai Ronald Youngblood's concise guide to the central themes of the Old Testament has served students for thirty years. In "The Heart of the Old Testament," Youngblood demonstrates the thematic unity of the Bible by tracing the development of nine key concepts through the Old Testament and into the New: monotheism, sovereignty, election, covenant, theocracy, law, sacrifice, faith, and redemption. These concepts constitute the very heart of the Old Testament.

30 review for The Heart of the Old Testament: A Survey of Key Theological Themes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    A few points of concern (e.g. reading within the first few pages that Abraham might not have been a monotheist, which definitely gave me a bad first impression of this book), but overall readable and helpful for reviewing basic Old Testament/Scriptural themes.

  2. 5 out of 5

    John Weis

    Youngblood traces the major longitudinal themes of the Old Testament, demonstrating the unfolding plan of redemption, relating them to their fulfillment in Jesus Christ. While many chapters were excellent, the work is punctuated with a strained engagement with modern anthropology and archaeology. Routinely, the author will assert the importance of, or even necessity to, compare Israel with her Ancient Near East neighbors. While insightful in a small number of instances, overall the approach is a Youngblood traces the major longitudinal themes of the Old Testament, demonstrating the unfolding plan of redemption, relating them to their fulfillment in Jesus Christ. While many chapters were excellent, the work is punctuated with a strained engagement with modern anthropology and archaeology. Routinely, the author will assert the importance of, or even necessity to, compare Israel with her Ancient Near East neighbors. While insightful in a small number of instances, overall the approach is a distraction, yielding simply academic interest and trivia. It seems as if the author is implying God routinely "baptized" pagan liturgical and covenantal forms as if Yahweh's worship tolerated mixture (flying against the entire thrust of Leviticus). While allowing the author to be conversant with much modern scholarship, it seems out of place in a book surely intended as a popular-level introduction to the Old Testament Scriptures.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rafael

    This book gives an excellent idea of common themes one should understand, and its size makes it great for a minister who wants an idea of themes that should be known. it aids interpretation greatly and would definitely aid anybody who just wanted a good idea of the Old Testament.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is one of those books that is such a mixed bag that I'm not sure how to rate it. Some of the chapters are worth reading over and over again - 5 star type chapters. Others are boring, say nothing significant, and aren't even worth reading once. The chapter on monotheism is particularly excellent, I highly recommend that one. This book is best used as a reference - just read the chapters that interest you, leave the rest. This is one of those books that is such a mixed bag that I'm not sure how to rate it. Some of the chapters are worth reading over and over again - 5 star type chapters. Others are boring, say nothing significant, and aren't even worth reading once. The chapter on monotheism is particularly excellent, I highly recommend that one. This book is best used as a reference - just read the chapters that interest you, leave the rest.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Sandmeyer

    A fascinating book on the major themes of the Old Testament and how they relate to the New Testament.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Julie Powell

    Had to read this for class. Interesting look at several themes that run throughout the Old Testament. Well written and an easy read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Not completely comprehensive but talks about the key points of the Old Testament.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Rodriguez

    Simple yet beneficial!

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    Jennifer

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