This is my first encounter with the "Handbooks for Old Testament Exegesis" series edited by David M. Howard, Jr. Based on my experience with this book, I look forward to adding the others to my library.
Howard explains the series covers the six (6) major types of Old Testament writing: "narrative, law, poetry, wisdom, prophecy, and apocalyptic." He intends the books to be used as textbooks for graduate-level exegesis courses.
Each of the six volumes is divided into six chapters: the nature of the genres, viewing the whole, preparing for interpretation, interpreting the text, proclaiming the text, and putting it all together. This book is well organized and the author defines unfamiliar words.
In the second chapter, the themes of each prophetic book is addressed. He go to great lengths to provide an overview without expressing any denominational agenda. In the third chapter, Smith provides a very helpful list of additional resources.
Chapter 5 is where the "rubber meets the road" and walks the reader through how to prepare a message around the Biblical text. In chapter 6, he gives the reader two practical applications of this process.
As stated earlier, this is my first experience with this series of books. I look forward to reading the others and adding them to my library.
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