Reading the part of the Bible called the Historical Books can often seem like a strange task. This book is an attempt to help students and serious lay-persons understand how to get the most out of these books in Scripture.

Suppositions of Reading the Historical Books

Here is an excerpt from a review that I just turned in to the SWBTS journal.

This work by Dutcher-Walls begins with a set of presuppositions which are close to those likely held by readers of this journal (it’s a conservative journal). She writes, “The OT is an ancient document that, at least initially, needs to be taken on its own terms by modern readers seeking a faithful and informed understanding” (xv). Her purpose in this book is to “take the text of Scripture seriously as the focus of attention” (xvi). Hoping to address a wide audience with differing views on the inspiration of scripture, she writes, “the volume will assume that learning to take the text of Scripture seriously will provide insights about how to read the text better, and thus, how better to engage the text for all other purposes or commitments” (xvii). From the rest of the book, it is evident that she means that this book will focus on literary notions of the text (as a document), rather than historical backgrounds of the text.

Once the review is published I’ll include a link to it in it’s entirety.

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