The Old Testament Made Harder

Scripture Study Questions

“The perfect tool to improve personal and family scripture study, sacrament meeting talks, or Sunday School lessons.”

Latter-day Saint philosopher James E. Faulconer’s MADE HARDER series raises many more questions than it answers. And that is precisely the point. Faulconer wrote The Old Testament Made Harder on the premise that our scripture study is only as good as the questions we bring to the endeavor. While many books about the Old Testament provide useful shortcuts, chapter synopses, timelines, and memorizable bullet-points, this book consists almost entirely of challenging questions (with occasional commentary for clarity’s sake) because, in Faulconer’s experience, questions themselves are the key to reflective and deep scripture study. This book is intended to make reading harder—and therefore fresher—by priming your pondering pump with insightful study questions.

So much of modern life is geared to finding faster and easier ways to do the same old things. The MADE HARDER series is proof that making things easier does not always make them better.

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About the Author

James E. Faulconer

James E. Faulconer is a professor of philosophy at Brigham Young University and a senior research fellow at the Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. Faulconer’s area of expertise is twentieth-century and contemporary European philosophy, especially the philosophy of religion. In addition to writing scholarly books and articles, he is the author of the Made Harder series of scripture study questions and Scripture Study: Tools and Suggestions.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Background for the Old Testament
  • Understanding and Studying the Old Testament
  • Overview of Genesis
  • Lessons 1–48
  • Endnotes
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Publication Information

  • Subject: Ancient Near East
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 10: 0-8425-2873-3
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-8425-2873-3
  • Page Count: 658
  • Price: $ 24.95
  • Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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