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on 14 July 2006
I agree wholeheartedly with the next reviewer: if you only get one book on the Old Testament, get this one.

John Drane has the knack of writing about complex theological issues in an easily digestible way. When you consider how difficult it is to read a Matthew Henry commentary you'll appreciate how very well this is laid out. Chapters are divided into main headings with various, clearly separated `Special Articles' (in a different type face) which offer more detailed scholarly considerations:

For instance, Chapter 3 - `A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey' - begins the record of the history of Israel proper. The main text begins with a section entitled `Canaan and it's history' (p62) and later (p84) comes the Special Article entitled `The deuteronomic history'. This article details Martin Noth's hypothesis that all the OT books from Joshua to Kings were edited together by the same person or group that compiled Deuteronomy (i.e. the Deuteronomist/s). This information may not be important to everyone (though I find it fascinating!) but if that doesn't appeal, it's easy to skip a Special Article without feeling like you've missed anything crucial from the main text.

Drane clearly and fairly spells out each school of thought, and when he agrees with one hypothesis over another, he says so openly and why. This book is a gem for starting OT study and really should be considered a `must read' title by anyone and everyone interested in Christianity.
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