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Kingdom of Priests: A History of Old Testament Israel

Kingdom of Priests: A History of Old Testament Israel

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By (author) Eugene H. Merrill

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  • Publisher: Baker Academic, Div of Baker Publishing Group
  • Format: Paperback | 560 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 30mm | 748g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Ada, MI
  • ISBN 10: 0801031990
  • ISBN 13: 9780801031991
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white tables, maps
  • Sales rank: 317,713

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From the origins and exodus to the restoration and new hope, "Kingdom of Priests" offers a comprehensive introduction to the history of Old Testament Israel. Merrill explores the history of ancient Israel not only from Old Testament texts but also from the literary and archeological sources of the ancient Near East. After selling more than 30,000 copies, the book has now been updated and revised. The second edition addresses and interacts with current debates in the history of ancient Israel, offering an up-to-date articulation of a conservative evangelical position on historical matters. The text is accented with nearly twenty maps and charts.

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Eugene H. Merrill (PhD, Bob Jones University; PhD, Columbia University) is distinguished professor of Old Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, where he has taught since 1975. He is also distinguished professor of Old Testament interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Merrill is the author of a number of books, including "A Historical Survey of the Old Testament," "Everlasting Dominion: A Theology of the Old Testament," and a commentary on Deuteronomy.

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"Kingdom of Priests" provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of Old Testament Israel. Now updated and revised, this volume addresses and interacts with current debates in the history of ancient Israel, offering an up-to-date articulation of a conservative evangelical position on historical matters. The text is accented with nearly twenty maps and charts. ""Kingdom of Priests" has served several generations of students and colleagues with distinction, so it is with delight that I welcome this second edition. Judiciously updated throughout, its most important improvement is the engagement of recent historiographical discussions, including a burgeoning literature among evangelicals. I am pleased to recommend it."--David M. Howard, dean, Center for Biblical and Theological Foundations; professor of Old Testament, Bethel Seminary "The second edition of Eugene Merrill's now classic "Kingdom of Priests" is a model of the seamless relationship of Old Testament history and theology. While technically a history of Israel, updated and refurbished by the latest biblical research, this book illustrates by its structure, style, and content that OT history was written for theological purposes. But history is not the unwitting servant of theology; rather, they stand alongside one another as co-servants of the message of redemption."--C. Hassell Bullock, Franklin S. Dyrness Professor of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College "In "Kingdom of Priests," Eugene Merrill follows a sound methodology that uses explicitly stated and well-reasoned principles in analyzing Old Testament events. He demonstrates how the 'facts' of Old Testament history emerge only after sound hermeneutics that give attention to issues of style, genre, and rhetorical strategies are applied to the biblical text. Merrill provides historical background for each biblical book and period of Israel's history and gives up-to-date information from extrabiblical sources regarding nations and rulers with whom Israel often found itself in conflict. This work is a crowning achievement of a distinguished career devoted to the study of Old Testament history and is destined to become the standard evangelical treatment of biblical history for decades to come."--Mark F. Rooker, professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary