Breakout Session #2A: “Reading the Old Testament in Its Ancient Near Eastern Context” by Steve Andrews
Summary: In this session Dr. Andrews provides a helpful background to the historical and cultural context in which the Hebrews authors wrote the Old Testament Scriptures. Dr. Andrews provides some helpful contextual overview as well as a specific case study with the aim of showing how and why study of the ANE background helps us understand the Old Testament Text.
Dr. Steve Andrews (PhD, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion) is Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Midwestern Seminary, where he has served since 1998. Before coming to Midwestern, Andrews was Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Southeastern Seminary. Andrews has co-authored the Holman OT Commentary on 1 & 2 Samuel (with Robert D. Bergen), has translated Zephaniah for the Holman Christian Standard Bible, and has edited Ezekiel for the same volume. He has contributed chapters in the The Biblical World and Its Impact: Precept and Praxis (Eisenbrauns) and The World of Jesus and the Early Church (Hendrickson). (See his full bio at http://www.mbts.edu/about/faculty/stephen-j-andrews/).