New Release: Encountering the Old Testament, 3rd Edition

Cover ArtThis new edition of a bestselling evangelical survey of the Old Testament has been thoroughly updated and features a beautiful new interior design. It is lavishly illustrated with four-color images, maps, and charts and retains the pedagogical features that have made the book so popular:

· chapter outlines, objectives, and summaries
· study questions
· sidebars featuring primary source material, ethical and theological issues, and contemporary applications
· lists of key terms, people, and places
· further reading recommendations
· endnotes and indexes

The book is supplemented by web-based resources through Baker Academic’s Textbook eSources, offering course help for professors and study aids for students.


Praise for Previous Editions

“Arnold and Beyer have produced an exciting new survey of the Old Testament with the college student specifically in mind….I enthusiastically recommend this volume to you.” – Tremper Longman III, professor of Old Testament, Westmont College

“The authors are commended for providing their readers with a lucid survey of the Old Testament. They cover a wide array of issues in an easy to read text….A very useful volume.” – Willem A. VanGemeren, Trinity International University

“For college students who are encountering the Old Testament for the first time, this attractively produced textbook offers a clear and helpful orientation to the world and literature of the Old Testament….a refreshing improvement over the standard textbook fare!” – Richard Schultz, Wheaton College

“The excellent scholarship represented here, along with an appealing format, make this one of the best, if not the best Old Testament introduction for first-year college students. It could hardly be more helpful.” – Review of Biblical Literature


Bill T. Arnold (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, including Ancient Israel’s History, Encountering the Book of Genesis, Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books, A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax, and a commentary on 1 and 2 Samuel.

Bryan E. Beyer (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina, where he has taught for more than twenty-five years. He is the author of Encountering the Book of Isaiah and coeditor (with Bill Arnold) of Readings from the Ancient Near East.

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