Reading the Old Testament by Lawrence Boadt, CSP, was recognized as a classic almost from its date of publication in 1984. Without in any way diminishing its famed clarity, judiciousness, and theological depth, two prominent scholars, Richard Clifford and Daniel Harrington, have brought the book into the twenty-first century.
Lawrence Boadt, C.S.P. (October 26, 1942 – July 24, 2010) was associate professor of Sacred Scripture at the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. He received his doctorate in Biblical Studies and Near Eastern Languages from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and wrote numerous articles and books on Old Testament subjects, especially on the Prophets.
Larry Boadt was a longtime generative force in Old Testament study. This book, as a part of his legacy, assures that his influence will continue to be generative and rewarding for those who seriously engage his work....This is, in sum, a major offer for serious, faithful reading, and we may be grateful that it is now issued in a new, welcome edition.
- Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia
We owe a great debt of gratitude to Richard Clifford and Daniel Harrington for bringing this classic introductiont to new life. It still speaks with the clarity of Larry Boadt, but with new energy.
- Irene Nowell, St. John's University
Richard Clifford and Daniel Harrington were the right persons to revise this book. Like Larry Boadt, they are most accomplished scholars and taechers with a keen pastoral sense. Leading people to appreciate the Bible was Larry Boadt's mission in life, this book is a fitting tribute to his fidelity to this mission.
- Leslie J. Hoppe, OFM, Catholic Theological Union
When Larry Boadt was asked why his book was so popular, he replied simply: 'I knew what students needed; I provided it.' The needs are still there and the book still provides for them. Since the book was written, much has changed in some areas of Old Testament study. Dick Clifford and Dan Harrington are well qualified to bring it up-to-date -- and they have done a measured job.
- Anthony F. Campbell, SJ, Jesuit Theological College, Parkville, Australia