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Old Testament Handbooks Set (26)

519.00US$

The Handbooks in the UBS Handbook Series are detailed commentaries providing valuable exegetical, historical, cultural, and linguistic information on the books of the Bible. They are prepared primarily to assist Bible translators as they carry out the important task of putting God’s Word into the many languages spoken in the world today. The...

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A Handbook on Genesis

26.00US$
SKU: 1008GE

The book of Genesis introduces the collection of books that make up the first six books of the Old Testament. Genesis tells about creation, the earliest human beings, and the ancestral family of Israel, and introduces the events beginning in Exodus that lead up to the conquest of...

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A Handbook on Exodus

22.00US$
SKU: 1015EX

The book of Exodus has been called ‘‘the Gospel of the Old Testament,’’ for it records God’s grace as well as God’s law. It tells the good news of how God miraculously delivered the descendants of Jacob from slavery in Egypt and set them on a journey to the Promised Land. It also...

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A Handbook on Leviticus

11.00US$
SKU: 1107LV

Many modern readers feel ill at ease with the book of Leviticus. They think it is too difficult for the average person. It seems to be out of date and lacking in any real spiritual significance. The various rituals and regulations found in this book seem to have little to do with our modern situa...

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A Handbook on Numbers

20.00US$
SKU: 1039NU

A Handbook on Numbers is part of the UBS Handbook Series. This is a series of “Helps for Translators” that present each book of the Bible from the unique perspective of Bible translators. This Handbook provides information about the book of Numbers that is especially important in helping translat...

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A Handbook on Deuteronomy

15.00US$
SKU: 1046DT

Deuteronomy is the fifth book in the Bible, the last of the five “Books of Moses,” as they are called. These books are also known as the Pentateuch (“five scrolls”). The name comes from the title of the book in the Septuagint, which is the Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Test...

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A Handbook on Joshua

10.00US$
SKU: 1091JO

Each book in the Bible was written with certain religious goals in mind, and the book of Joshua is no exception. This is in part what makes these books sacred literature. Definite religious themes have in fact determined not only the content and structure of Joshua but also its place in the Hebre...

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A Handbook on Ruth

10.00US$
SKU: 1114RU

The Book of Ruth has consistently been one of the most popular stories of the Old Testament. It is often the first book translated into so-called ``new languages,'' not only because the content of the story proves to be so interesting, but because the narrative develops in a relatively clear and ...

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A Handbook on 1-2 Samuel [2 Vols]

30.00US$
SKU: 1124SA

The ancient Greek version, called the Septuagint, divided the books that we know as 1 and 2 Samuel and 1 and 2 Kings into four parts under the title “Books of Kingdoms.” They were called 1, 2, 3, and 4 Kingdoms. Jerome, the translator of the Latin Vulgate, changed the titles to 1, 2, 3, and 4 Kin...

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A Handbook on 1 - 2 Kings [2 Vols]

33.00US$
SKU: 1124KG

The ancient Greek version (called the Septuagint) divided the books that we know as 1-2 Samuel and 1-2 Kings into four parts under the title “Books of Kingdoms.” They were called 1, 2, 3 and 4 Kingdoms. Jerome, the translator of the Latin Vulgate, changed the titles to 1, 2, 3 and 4 Kings. The He...

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A Handbook on Ezra and Nehemiah

15.00US$
SKU: 1159EN

From a historical point of view Ezra-Nehemiah covers a period of approximately 140 years, from the time when Cyrus became emperor of Babylonia (539 B.C.) to the time of the reforms of Nehemiah during his second term as governor of Judah. The book of Ezra narrates the return of Jewish exiles from ...

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A Handbook on Esther

10.00US$
SKU: 1169ES

The Book of Esther is often called a “historical novel,” but interpreters differ in whether they emphasize the word “historical” or the word “novel.” Emphasis throughout the book is placed on a series of events that are presented within a historical framework. Although historians may question the...

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A Handbook on Job

19.00US$
SKU: 1175JB

The Book of Job is a story told in the form of a poem. It begins with a prose introduction describing Job as a good man who is faithful to God, wealthy, and concerned for the right relation between God and his family. In a meeting between God and Satan, God permits Satan to test Job's loyalty. Th...

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A Handbook on 1-2 Chronicles [2 Vols]

40.00US$
SKU: OT1824CH

A Handbook on 1-2 Chronicles is part of the UBS Handbook Series. This is a series of “Helps for Translators” that present each book of the Bible from the unique perspective of Bible translators. This Handbook provides information about the books of 1-2 Chronicles that is especially important in h...

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A Handbook on Psalms

27.00US$
SKU: 1190PS

The English word ``Psalms'' is a transliteration of the Greek psalmoi, which is the title of the book in the Greek translation of the Old Testament, the Septuagint (see also Luke 20.42; Acts 1.20). ``Psalter'' is a collective term, meaning all 150 psalms. The Latin title Psalmi is found in some p...

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A Handbook on Proverbs

16.00US$
SKU: 1205PR

In the Hebrew Bible the title of the book of Proverbs is mishle, which is the first word of the text and part of the construction mishle-Shelomoh, “the mashals of Solomon.” In order to understand the nature of the book as well as to translate its title, we need to examine how the Old Testament, a...

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A Handbook on Ecclesiastes

12.00US$
SKU: 1213EC

There is perhaps no book in the Old Testament that has caused so many problems for interpreters as the book of Ecclesiastes (or, as it is known in Hebrew and in many versions, Qoheleth). The kind of challenge it presents is often summarized by pointing to two well-known German scholars of the nin...

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A Handbook on Song of Songs

10.00US$
SKU: 1485SO

Love songs in Scripture? The Song of Songs (or, Canticles), with its very human expression of love between a man and a woman, is located in the Writings section of the Hebrew Bible. Throughout the centuries there have been those who have found it difficult to accept that the Scriptures contain a ...

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A Handbook on Isaiah [2 Vols]

50.00US$
SKU: 1879IS

The book of Isaiah is widely regarded by both Jews and Christians as one of the literary and theological high points of the Hebrew Bible. It is of lasting significance in both the synagogue and church. For the translator this book presents a challenge, not only because of its lengt...

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A Handbook on Jeremiah

24.00US$
SKU: 123JE

The sheer length of Jeremiah (longer than either Isaiah or Ezekiel) and the complexity of its composition combine to create enormous challenges for the translator. In fact, Jeremiah is not really a “book” in the sense that most readers today would normally describe a book—it has neither an overal...

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A Handbook on Ezekiel

31.00US$
SKU: 1251EZK

A Handbook on Ezekiel is part of the UBS Handbook Series. This is a series of “Helps for Translators” that present each book of the Bible from the unique perspective of Bible translators. This Handbook provides information about the book of Ezekiel that is especially important in...

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A Handbook on Daniel

10.00US$
SKU: 1268DN

The Book of Daniel is very much like the New Testament book, the Revelation to John, both in its style and in its type of literature. The primary aim of each of these two books is to strengthen faith and to encourage believers in all times, regardless of what trials and persecutions they may face...

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A Handbook on Lamentations

10.00US$
SKU: 1244LA

The book of Lamentations poetically depicts the horrible atrocities that struck the city of Jerusalem and its inhabitants when the city was invaded by the Babylonian army in 587 B.C. It does so in part by contrasting the greatness and glory of the past with the abject misery of the present, which...

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A Handbook on Amos

10.00US$
SKU: 1312AM

Very little is known about the prophet Amos himself. For example, nothing is known about the dates of his birth and death, the age at which he began his prophetic activity, or even the length of time that activity con­tinued. Amos does inform us that he did not belong to the Northern Kingdom of I...

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A Handbook on Obadiah, Jonah, Micah

10.00US$
SKU: 1329OJM

Obadiah
 
This is the shortest book in the Old Testament. It has only one chapter and therefore references are made only to the verse numbers. The book is concerned mainly with the punishment of the people of Edom because of their treachery and cruelty to the p...

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A Handbook on Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah

10.00US$
SKU: 1411NHZ

Nahum
 
The short prophecy of Nahum is concerned solely with the fall of Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian empire. There is no statement within the book about when it was written, but certain limits can be set, based on references to histor¬ical events whose...

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A Handbook on Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

13.00US$
SKU: 1477HZM

These are the last three books found in the Minor Prophets (sometimes referred to as “the Twelve”). This means that they are also the last books in the section of the Scriptures called in Hebrew nevi’im (“the Prophets”). Although in most English Bibles these books of the prophets are at the end o...

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A Handbook on Hosea & Joel (Forthcoming...)

0.00US$
SKU: 1275HJ

Forthcoming...

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A Handbook on Judges

25.00US$
SKU: JU1060

Judges is a fascinating book, full of exciting stories about heroes such as Deborah, Gideon, and Samson, who won great victories in Israel. But it is far more than a set of accounts of military victories and defeats. Through a series of narratives, it paints a very clear picture of...

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OT SET

494.00US$
SKU: OTSET
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