This volume is the first in a two-volume commentary on the Old Testament, adding to the acclaimed Verse by Verse series by scripture scholars D. Kelly Ogden and Andrew C. Skinner.
Here we learn how to discover our Savior, Jesus Christ, in each book of Old Testament scripture. The authors shed clarifying light on the five books of Moses (the Pentateuch), the history of Jehovah's dealings with Israel through the reign of Solomon, and the beloved and beautiful psalms of ancient Israel.
Brother Ogden and Skinner help us see the importance of offering sacrifice and keeping covenants as they discuss the symbolism of the Ark of the Covenant and the operation of the ancient Tabernacle and Temple. Quotations from latter-day prophets and apostles enhance these solid doctrinal discussions and explanations of difficult passages to help us liken the scriptures of ancient Israel unto ourselves.
This commentary offers soul-satisfying enrichment to our study of the Old Testament, whose timeless truths testify that the Lord is "the same yesterday, today, and forever."
This Old Testament Commentary is a "must read" for LDS who dare to venture into the Old Testament. Nothing else comes close. The authors, Drs. Ogden and Skinner, are two of the best Biblical scholars in the Church, and their Commentary is a sweet mix of cultural, historical and doctrinal explanation combined with suggestions on how to apply scriptural truths in our life. The Old Testament really plays a pivotal role in enriching our understanding of other ancient and modern scripture, and your knowledge of the scriptures will certainly grow by using this valuable study aid.
I have read the Old Testament but never studied it. I felt it was too difficult book for me to understand. I have been watching the Discussions of the Old Testament on KBYU and then reading this study guide along with the scriptures. This guide has made the Old Testament relevant to my life and have woven it through the other standard works so that I now have a deep love and appreciation of the teachings of the Old Testament. What blessings I have been missing by not making a study of the Old Testament. I feel like I have a much deeper understanding of all the standard works as a result of this study. My thanks to the authors for their dedication in sharing their knowledge.