Verse by Verse, The Old Testament Volume 1

by D. Kelly Ogden, Andrew C. Skinner

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What can the Old Testament teach us about how to live the gospel in our own day? How can understanding the law of Moses help us live the higher law of Christ? What beautiful promises of peace and comfort are woven throughout the Psalms?

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."

About the Authors

D. Kelly Ogden

D. Kelly Ogden is a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. His doctoral work focused on the Hebrew language and historical geography of biblical lands. He has walked the length and breadth of the Holy Land and climbed Mount Sinai eighteen times. Dr. Ogden has written numerous books and articles on the Bible, especially during the fourteen years he lived in the Near East. He was associate director of the BYU Jerusalem Center and assisted in the preparation of the Latter-day Saint edition of the King James Bible. He has served as branch president in Jerusalem, mission president in Chile, Missionary Training Center president in Guatemala, and sealer in the Provo Utah Temple. He and his wife, Marcia Hammond Ogden, are the parents of four children.

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Andrew C. Skinner

Andrew C. Skinner is a professor of ancient scripture and Near Eastern studies and holder of the Richard L. Evans Professorship of Religious Understanding at Brigham Young University, where he served as dean of Religious Education and as the first executive director of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. A member of the international editorial group that translated the Dead Sea Scrolls and author or coauthor of more than two hundred articles and books on religious and historical topics, Dr. Skinner taught at the BYUJerusalem Center and was its associate director. He has served in the Church in several capacities: bishop, counselor in the Israel district presidency, member of the Correlation Evaluation Committee, and member of the Sunday School General Board. He and his wife, Janet Corbridge Skinner, are the parents of six children and grandparents of seven.

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The Old Testament Comes Alive in this Wonderful Commentary
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

the study guildes have made the old testment exciting - I can't put it down
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

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