Your Old Testament Toolbox: Study Helps for the Hebrew Scriptures

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Your Old Testament Toolbox: Study Helps for the Hebrew Scriptures


Brown, Earl Leroy, Jr., Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society


Your Old Testament Toolbox: Study Helps for the Hebrew Scriptures. By Thomas Vernon Taylor. Port Colborne, ON: Gospel Folio, 2005, v + 280 pp., $15.95 paper.

Those unacquainted with the Howard G. Hendricks of the east coast are in store for a real treat in this book. Here in this volume is the pure and unvarnished Tom Taylor in his inimitable clear, concise style presenting a true workbook, textbook, OT introduction, and study written for three levels of understanding: the beginner; the intermediate; and the advanced. This text is adaptable for high school, college, or even seminary instruction.

Thomas Vernon Taylor is Professor Emeritus of Church History and Old Testament at Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. His teaching career began at Faith Theological Seminary and continued at Biblical. His total instruction time has been 37 years. He reflects the same depth of devotion to the biblical text as that of his mentor, the late Dr. Allan A. MacRae, former president of both Faith and Biblical Theological Seminaries.

Your Old Testament Toolbox develops the major discussions of History and Biography, Poetry and Metaphors, Proverbs, and Prophecy. OT history is divided into the three levels mentioned above. At the beginning level, a survey of Bible history is given along with the plan of redemption. At the intermediate level, there is provided an understanding of the covenants and the promises of God with types and symbols. At the advanced level, there are advanced principles of history, detailed Near Eastern history, and guidelines for understanding Biblical Hebrew.

OT poetry is developed in both a general and a specific sense for each biblical book. At level one, the author evaluates the basic critical data. At level two, literary features and functions are discussed. At level three, we see formal organization of the use of Biblical Hebrew in its relationship to poetry, meter, and understanding complex metaphors.

OT prophecy is devoted to the thematic exposition of introductory materials, messianic prophecy, national, kingdom, situation, personal, and international prophecies in the same three tiered format.

A fourth section delineates individual objects constituting the study of a person, the study of an event, or an object and an institution. Taylor combines this with the basic hermeneutics of a word, text, theme, and teaching in the same three-leveled approach.

The fifth section discusses biblical phenomena such as: miracles, signs, and wonders. Taylor under the same heading notes the study of dreams and visions. A sixth section is furnished with frugal endnotes further amplifying the discussions. …

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