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This text is simply a must read for anyone who takes the Bible seriously. Professor Kaiser outlines each type of literature found in the Tanach. He gives valuable insights into how to read and teach, for example, poetry, as opposed to historical narrative. I was amazed at how application-oriented the book is the author is not interested in weighting you down with hermeneutical jargon. Yet he manages to convey important hermeneutical principles and even provides examples.
I was also very happy to see a defense if you will of why the Tanach is important for Christians. Too often Churches ignore the incredible importance of the Tanach; it is the basis of the New Testament. While most do not go to the level of the heretic of Marcion, as Christians we rob ourselves of our rich Biblical history by not taking the time to dig deep into the origins of our faith.
If you have ever felt intimidated about the Tanach, and thought it was too complicated or antiquated to read and understand and apply to your life, I encourage you to read this book. Professor Kaiser has an uncanny ability to explain how to handle the books of the Tanach. The text is not exhaustive, but gives some very helpful principles that is sure to strengthen your faith because you will be able to learn more from the Tanach. I would also strongly suggest that Messianic believers take a serious look at this book; there is a lot of information in here too.
Don't be fooled into thinking this work should be enjoyed only by teachers/preachers. Anyone who has a desire to better understand the Bible will find this a very helpful book. There are sections that discuss how to expound upon the Scriptures, but the majority of the book is still applicable.