The Literary Structure of the Old Testament: A Commentary on Genesis-Malachi

The Literary Structure of the Old Testament: A Commentary on Genesis-Malachi

by David A. Dorsey


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Dorsey proceeds book-by-book through the entire Old Testament, identifying the structure and offering commentary as to how it clarifies the text's meaning. He illuminates the "big picture" of each book, providing a framework for further study.

"This book will become a standard reference tool for all serious students of the Bible."—Temper Longman III, Westmont College

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801027932
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2004
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David A. Dorsey (Ph.D., Dropsie College) is professor of Old Testament at the Evangelical School of Theology in Myerstown, Pennsylvania. He is the author of The Roads and Highways of Ancient Israel.

Table of Contents

Unit 1Introduction
2Literary Units21
3Arrangement of Units26
4Structure and Meaning36
5Value of Structural Analysis42
Unit 2Book of the Law of Moses
6Book of the Law: Historical Prologue: Genesis 1:1-Exodus 19:247
7Book of the Law: Treaty at Sinai: Exodus 19:3-Numbers 10:1072
8Book of the Law: Historical Conclusion: Numbers 10:11-Joshua 24:3384
9Book of the Law: Structural Unity97
Unit 3Historical Books
10Judges: Israel's Downward Spiral105
11Ruth: The Power of Kindness121
12Samuel: David-a Man after God's Heart129
13Kings: Israel's Revolt against God137
14Chronicles: Encouraging Stories from Israel's History145
15Ezra-Nehemiah: God's People Return to Jerusalem158
16Esther: Divine Providence Protects God's People162
Unit 4Poetic Books
17Job: Where Can Wisdom Be Found?167
18Psalms: Israel's Hymns and Prayers to God173
19Proverbs: Yahweh-the Source of All Wisdom187
20Ecclesiastes: God Alone Holds the Key to Life's Meaning192
21Song of Songs: Love-the Flame of Yahweh199
Unit 5Major Prophets
22Isaiah: Trust in Yahweh Alone217
23Jeremiah: Prophet to a Hostile Nation236
24Lamentations: His Mercies Are New Every Morning246
25Ezekiel: Visions of the Glory of God253
26Daniel: God's Supremacy over All Earthly Powers259
Unit 6Minor Prophets
27Hosea: Come Home, Unfaithful Israel265
28Joel: Yahweh Thunders at the Head of His Army273
29Amos: The Lion Has Roared277
30Obadiah: Edom's Fall and Judah's Rise287
31Jonah: A Lesson on Mercy290
32Micah: Walk Humbly with Your God296
33Nahum: Where Now Is the Lion's Den?301
34Habakkuk: The Just Shall Live by Faith306
35Zephaniah: The Day of Yahweh Is Near310
36Haggai: Rebuild the Temple!315
37Zechariah: Yahweh Will Again Live among His People317
38Malachi: How Have We Robbed God?321
Unit 7Conclusion
39Some Final Thoughts327

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paparodger More than 1 year ago
This book, A Literary Structure of the Old Testament, by David A. Dorsey, will present a new format style of writing to one who has not studied literary structure previously. The first read gets one used to the format of the writing. The second time through will provide a more fully comprehensive understanding of literary structure, and how one needs to approach this method of study. The more time devoted to this resource will certainly expand one's ability to move deeper into the Old Testament world, and provide a clearer understanding of the biblical text and its message. The book is well written and should have a place reserved the on the book shelf of any serious student of God's word.
RRHowell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a rather amazing book which gives guides to the literary structure of the Old Testament book by book, with structures derived from patterns generally found in ancient Near Eastern literature, and which yield insight into the meanings of the books. It sounds unlikely, but it is worth looking at. In some books (e.g. Lamentations), Dorsey's insights via the analysis of the literary structure are phenomenal.