Old Testament Theology Volume 1 – Author

This is the first main installment of my review of volume 1 of John Goldingay’s Old Testament Theology from IVP Academic.  I will go ahead and say now that this is a book densely packed with theological insight.  It is so densely packed that it may not be for everyone, but anyone serious about study of the Old Testament, at least from a faith perspective, should have a copy of this book.  But, more on that later …

For now, I’ll share my past experience with Goldingay’s work and share a little bit about him.  My first and main experience with Goldingay’s writing, apart from maybe an article here and there, was with his Commentary on the Book of Daniel in the Word Biblical Commentary series.  It was one of our textbooks in my Aramaic course in seminary.  This is one of the two commentaries that I recommend on Daniel along with John Collins.  So, I was expecting nothing less than this kind of solid scholarship in Old Testament Theology.

John Goldingay has a BA in theology from the University of Oxford and a PhD from the Univeristy of Nottingham.  He is the David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. And, he is an ordained minister of the Church of England.  His list of publications is impressive and reflects both an academic study of the Old Testament and an interest of applying this study in the context of the Church.  To learn more about John Goldingay visit HERE and click the link at the bottom of the page beneath where it says “additional information.”

I have made it through a little more than the first third of the text at this point.  Next, I’ll be posting on the contents of the book.

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6 Replies to “Old Testament Theology Volume 1 – Author”

  1. How do you rate your Ignatius Press books in comparison to your IVP books, such as this one, in terms of their physical workmanship — type of binding, jacket art, typeface, broad/narrow margins, paper/cloth covered boards, etc?

  2. The texts I read from these two presses are usually intended for very different in audiences. So, I’m not sure I would really compare the two too closely.

    The IVP texts I read are usually academic ones, so they’re somewhat more austere. The dust jackets are nice, but not too flashy. The books are nice and tightly bound hardbacks, and the covers are pretty uniformly black or dark grey. If I had my preference the print could be a bit bigger making the text a little easier to read, but as it stands Goldingay is already close to 1000 pages. So,the size of the font may represent somewhat of a compromise. There are a pretty generous margins for taking notes though, and the line spacing us far enough apart where you can underline or highlight without bleeding into the following line.

    As far as Ignatius, I am very partial to their typeface. I may have mentioned this on this blog in writing a bit on Pope Benedict’s newest book, though I’m not sure, but their books are the easiest on my eyes I have found anywhere, not limited to comparing with IVP. However, most of the books that I read from Ignatius are intended for more general audiences. So, they are not as austere. Most of them are nice and tightly bound hardbacks as well (though the most recent De Lubac book I received is a nice paperback – not the cheap paper cover that bends a bit too easily), but in a variety of colors. The dust jackets may be a bit more ornate, using more pictures and things like that. They also give a pretty generous margins and room for writing notes and underlining.

    Anyway, I hope this helps.

  3. Michael, I can tell from reading that he is a devout believer from the connections he makes between the theology of the Old Testament and the church and contemporary society.

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