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Author(s): John Holdsworth
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This undergraduate textbook provides an introduction to the Old Testament by drawing the reader into the subject, explaining that whilst it is a puzzling book, the many different ways to read it make it also a very exciting book.
Aimed at students with or without a religious background, the author explains challenging concepts in an accessible way, and encourages the reader to think independently and interact with the text by introducing questions and areas for reflection along the way. Covering all the core topics provided by a typical year one Old Testament course, this Study Guide could easily be used as a course textbook.
The Venerable Dr John Holdsworth is a practitioner theologian, currently working as Executive Archdeacon of the Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf.
His research interests centre on the communication of the Bible in contemporary culture, in which field he has published a number of books and study guides.
"Holdsworth has produced a clearly presented, useful, up-to-date introduction for someone who is just about to start academic study of the Old Testament in higher education."-- P.J Harland, Epworth Reviews, January 2006.
"John Holdsworht's study guide to the Old Testament admirably fulfits its role. He writes in a deliberately informal style (...) so that his chat through the complex scholarly debates is not only accessible but positively intriguing. (...) The first half of the book gives an excellent survey of the literature associated with the JEDP traditions. I especially enjoyed the discussion comparing and contrasting D's and P's theological Responses to the exile. This was then developed in the second half of the book surveying prophecy and prophets and the alternative wisdom tradition. Every chapter clearly sets out what its aims are, what should have been learnt by the end of the chapter, and the most up to date and accessible reading appropriate for the topics covered. I shall definitely be recommending it to Readers in training in my diocese but it is a book I shall want to refer to frequently when I need a reliable guide to distinguish the trees from the forest of Old Testament scholarship."-- Michael Wilcockson, The Reader, Spring 2006, Vol.103.N°1