- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: Paternoster Press (1 Dec. 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0853642974
- ISBN-13: 978-0853642978
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.2 x 2 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,255,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Themes in Old Testament Theology Paperback – 1 Dec 1979
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Dyrness seems to fulfill his purpose rather well, in that this book is a good overview of the theological content of the Old Testament. The themes are developed in a similar manner from section to section and the result is a consistent sampling of the major points of theological concern. Most interesting, perhaps is the section on "wisdom" in which he describes the relationship of the Hebrew understanding of this concept to that of the surrounding nations. Through this comparison, he elaborates on the wisdom literature found in the Old Testament and its place within the mind of its ancient readers.
Overall, though, the author may leave much to be desired for a learned student of the Old Testament. The content is basic, and while beneficial (perhaps essential) to the beginning student, there are few themes brought out that may entice a more advanced reader to pursue deeper contemplation. The book, therefore, could be best thought of as a general review for those already possessing a solid theological background in the Old Testament.
I should mention that this book presupposes a fair amount of knowledge of the history of ancient Israel as well as theology, so it isn't for those lacking a basic knowledge of these subjects. The book was published in the late 70s, making it a bit dated, but the subject matter is, as they say, timeless.