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Crucial to understanding and apprehending the Bible is an understanding of the cultural, archaeological and historical background of the scripture you are studying. The author's purpose becomes much clearer with a more richly understood background.
The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament sifts through the massive quantity of data, analysis and study done by historians, archaeologists and social scientists on the Ancient World and gleans the important facts and theories that can inform the student of the Bible. Going on a verse-by-verse basis, this resource also includes maps, charts and a glossary of terms.
The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament works well with its companion volume The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, and is a valuable aid for pastors preparing sermons, missionaries concerned about reading their own biases into the Bible, seminary and college students completing assignments and papers, and all Bible students who desire a deeper, richer understanding of the Bible.