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    The Old Testament is one of the foundational texts of Western civilization, and is among the most impactful and widely read books in world history. In 24 enthralling lectures, Professor Miller guides you through a core selection of the major books of the Old Testament, inviting you to probe their meaning and relevance in incisive and thought-provoking commentary. Among the books of the Old Testament, you’ll explore:

    • Genesis: Uncover fascinating features of the Old Testament’s opening, such as how the events of the first week of creation form an elaborate pattern, expressing the complex order of the universe; and how the text does not lay primary blame for “the fall” on the woman, Eve;   
    • Deuteronomistic History: Study the epic history of the people of Israel in the Promised Land; follow the story of the Israelites’ disobedience to God, and its tragic consequences;  
    • The Prophets: Through the dramatic stories of the prophets, take account of the challenges faced by those who sought to actualize God’s plan for humanity;  
    • The Books of Ruth and Esther: Among notable women in the Old Testament, explore two stories of women who are doubly at risk, and who prevail through loyalty, resourcefulness, and integrity; and
    • Daniel and the Apocalyptic: In the Book of Daniel, encounter the genre of apocalyptic literature - revelation initiated by God - and contemplate the figure of “the Son of Man,” a promised redeemer.

    Throughout the lectures, Professor Miller offers a wealth of perspectives on how to approach the texts. You’ll assess the role of translation in the understanding of the texts, studying the meanings of key Hebrew words; you’ll also look in depth at the history, dating, and writing of the texts, and you’ll study their literary and linguistic features, noting how they achieve their impact on the reader.

    In Understanding the Old Testament, you’ll take a revelatory look at this epically impactful document, finding its deeper historical and religious meanings, as well as its sublime literary treasures.

    PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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    Eye-opening -but just the beginning of the journey

    In this engaging and well presented 24-lecture course, Prof. Miller manages to highlight important themes (like human suffering, prophecy, creation etc.) spanning the entire Old Testament. He does so by engaging with the scripture in a historical(-critical) and literary approach, as he states himself. In practice that means Prof. Miller - while presenting the overarching narratives of individual books - looks behind the scenes of the original Hebrew text to uncover literary patterns, word meanings and translation problems, sometimes confirming, sometimes challenging traditional understanding. That entails, of course, that the different books of the Bible are not explored in depth but rather via examples and excerpts.

    The key insight I've taken away from this course is that our modern reading of the Old Testament relies heavily on the nature of the translation we're reading, while engaging with the original text opens up the door to a whole different level of complexity, historical references and alternative meanings.

    I enjoyed the course a lot, no question about it!