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What The Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus' Bible (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 30 nov 2013

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9 di 11 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
A Worshipful yet Academic OT Survey! 4 ottobre 2013
Di Sam Choi - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida
The title of my review does not make much sense...

When you have a quality academic resource, it can tend to be divorced from the heart. On the other hand, many books that are very focused on worship and love for God are devoid of much academic substance and meat. I have read a good bit of surveys and never have I read anything like this. Dr. DeRouchie opens up the text in ways I have never seen but he also invites me to worship Christ. He takes this book from a different angle. Many OT commentators will say that you must read the OT with the mind of a Jew. You must read it without knowing what you know in the NT lest you miss what the original author intended and miss a purer reading of the Text. DeRouchie flips this on it's head and invites you walk with Jesus on the road of Emmaus and allows Jesus to open up the OT to you (Luke 24). For all things in the OT ultimately point to Christ. This book teaches you not to read Christ into every verse, for that would be Hermeneutically irresponsible. But he teaches you to read the OT with which finds it's ultimately fulfillment and end in Christ (Christo-telic). Jason works hard to focus on only essential technical details and hone in on the biblical theology. He has also assembled an amazing cast of heavy weight OT scholars that make this book a go-to book for the OT!
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Clear, Concise, Christ Exalting, Worship Inspiring 17 ottobre 2013
Di Joel Aubrey - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida
What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About is an Old Testament Survey like no other. It is clear in its presentation, providing concise summaries and guidance regarding the nature and message of each book of the OT, as well as the message of the OT as a whole. Derouchie also labors to do more than simply tip his hat to the traditional Hebrew ordering of scripture. He believes and labors to show that reading the Bible the way Jesus would have read it actually has an impact on how we read the text. Jason Derouchie is a Scholar who is passionate about making much of Jesus Christ, and every chapter moves in this direction. Perhaps one of the best things about this Survey is its versatility. The material in its pages is accessible to Beginning Seminary students, College students and High School students alike. Its illustrations, figures, charts, and pictures are both tasteful and helpful. I plan to use this book in both in my future pastoral ministry and in homeschooling my children. Five Stars!
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I can give no higher praise 4 dicembre 2013
Di gregory morse - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida
For someone who has struggled engaging the Old Testament, this book was a precious gift to say the least. God used this tool to open up the OT narrative, ushering me into a new world of worship as the wardrobe did the Pevensie children. The book itself is a work of art, with pictures and colorful displays that have a synergistic effect as they are coupled with the superb content. Bottom line: I love Jesus and people more because of this text- I can give no higher praise.
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A helpful and encouraging introduction to the OT 11 gennaio 2014
Di Trevor M. - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida
When I first heard of the title of this book, I was a little skeptical. This guy has the gumption to tell us all what the Old Testament authors really cared about? Pretentiousness in the title! Surely this book can't live up to its claim. Welp, I was wrong. This book, edited by Jason DeRouchie, is an excellent introduction to the Old Testament with a keen focus on authorial intent. In this review, I will offer a brief summary of the book and then my reflections.

In this Old Testament survey, several authors and professors walk through each book in the Old Testament in the order of the Hebrew scriptures, which has a definite impact when it comes to understanding the theme of certain books (ex: 1-2 Chronicles). In each chapter, the respective author walks through the purpose(s) each scriptural author had for writing by answering the whos, whens, wheres, and whys of the book. DeRouchie states plainly the purpose of this book: "this survey attempts to present the essence of what is revealed in the Old Testament, with a conscious eye toward the fulfillment found in Jesus in the New Testament" (p.13, emphasis original). This book pairs very well with other works on biblical theology. The chapters are sprinkled with relevant pictures, sidebars, visual and textual graphs, and most importantly, solid biblical exegesis - as far as this amateur theologian can tell.

I was very pleased with the overall content of this book, especially considering that I had never read almost any author contained in this volume before. There are too many helpful things I underlined and noted to share here in this review. I only noted a few items of biblical interpretation which seemed to be a little bit of a stretch. Either way, such items were very minor and not essential to the main meaning of the text in question.

Here is one sample of something in the chapter on Lamentations I found encouraging and readily applicable to my life: "[Speaking of God's faithfulness as the basis for hope in suffering]...therefore, those who look to God have real hope - the confident assurance that he will meet the repentant with real mercy in accordance with his character and promise" (p.405).

I heartily commend this book to everyone who desires to get to know that which composes a large majority of the Bible.

I received this book for free from Kregel Publications in exchange for an unbiased review
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How to Read the Old Testament in Light of Christ'c Coming and not Inspite of it 13 dicembre 2013
Di Life Long Reader - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida
When the first century Christians read the Old Testament how did they understand them? Moreover, how did they read them in light of Christ? How did Christ understand and teach them in light of Himself? Understanding the Old Testament as a whole and its many books the same way Jesus would have has been the goal of Christians and the life work of scholars like N.T. Wright. Christians cannot, and should not, read the Old Testament as if Christ had never come.

In 2008, under the editorial leadership of Kenneth Berding and Matt Williams, Kregel released What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Their Writings. Following this book five years later, Jason S. DeRouchie has edited What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus’ Bible. DeRouchie earned his PhD from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is associate professor of Old Testament at Bethlehem College and Seminary. He is joined by a team of amazing contributors like Stephen Dempster, J. Daniel Hays, Preston M. Sprinkle and Daniel J. Estes. The goal and interpretive lens through which this book is written is summed up in the first paragraph:

"Jesus never read Romans or Revelation. He never heard sermons on Matthew’s Gospel or Peter’s epistles. Indeed, the New Testament was not written in Jesus’ day, so his only Bible was what we call the Old Testament. It was books like Genesis and Deuteronomy, Isaiah and Psalms that shaped Jesus’ upbringing and that guided his life and ministry as the Jewish Messiah. It was these Old Testament “Scriptures” that Jesus identified as God’s Word, considered to be authoritative, and called people to know and believe so as to guard against doctrinal error and hell. Jesus was convinced that what is now the first three-fourths of our Christian Bible “cannot be broken”, would be completely fulfilled, and called for repentance and forgiveness of sins to be proclaimed in his name to all nations. All this Jesus summarized as “the good news of the kingdom of God.” If we want to know Jesus as best we can, we must saturate ourselves in the same Scripture he read – namely, the Old Testament!" (28 – Scriptures removed)

Overview of the Book

Taking cue from Jason Meyer’s, DeRouchie summarizes the central message of the Bible as “God’s kingdom through covenant for his glory in Christ.” (51) This answers the what (God’s kingdom), the how (through covenant) and the why (his glory in Christ) questions for biblical theology. The overall structure of the book is viewed through the lens of KINGDOM:

Kickoff and Rebellion – Creation, Fall and Flood: God creates, mans sins and God responds with worldwide judgment, though He extends mercy and grace to Noah and his family.

Instrument of Blessing – Patriarchs: God elects to create a people for Himself through which He would bless the world.

Nation Redeemed and Commissioned: Exodus, Sinai and Wilderness – God brings His people out of bondage in Egypt, reveals His glory and Law at Sinai, though His people respond in sin and they are sent in exile in the wilderness.

Government in the Promised Land – Conquest and Kingdoms: God leads His people in the conquest of Canaan and the establishment of kings. Though Israel fails many times God promises a future coming righteous king through David’s line.

Dispersion and Return – Exile and Initial Restoration: God casts Israel out of the promised land because of their sin. He later restores them to rebuild the temple though most of them are still cold-hearted towards God.

Overlap of the Ages – Christ’s Work and the Church Age: God sent His Son Jesus, the promised king of David and suffering servant of Isaiah, to deal with the sin of His people and begin restoring the world as God’s kingdom. God’s people are now identified as the church.

Mission Accomplished – Christ’s Return and Kingdom Consummated: God sends His Son again to exact judgment on those who rebel against Him, to gather His people from all over the world, to remove sin and complete the reestablishment of His kingdom rule on earth as His people are ushered into eternity with God.

It is the theme of kingdom that runs throughout the Bible and through which we (1) understand God’s relationship with man through the various covenants and (2) are pointed to the glory of God as displayed in Christ.

The Old Testament books are categorized into three groups: the Law, the Prophets and the Writings. These three groups are summarized as follows:

The Law – “The Pentateuch was designed to highlight the establishment of the old covenant, which provides the literary lens for understanding the Prophets and Writings and anticipates the need for the redeeming work of Messiah Jesus.” (57) This follows the KIN sections of the Kingdom structure of the Bible.

The Prophets – “The Former Prophets provide a narrative history that clarifies God’s perspective on what happened to Israel from their conquest of the Promised Land to their exile from it. The Latter Prophets then offer prophetic commentary that develops why Israel’s story went the way it did.” (163) This follows the G section of the Kingdom structure of the Bible.

The Writings – “The Writings provided guidance to this [the loyal remnant] faithful few, still in ‘slavery’ (Ezra 9:8-9), who remained resolute in their confidence that Yahweh was on the throne and would one day right all wrongs through a royal redeemer.” (320) This follows the D section of the Kingdom structure of the Bible.

Overview of the Chapters

Each of the three main sections begins with an overview of the content as connected with the KINGDOM overarching structure. The chapters on each book of the Old Testament have the same layout. There is a one page introduction to the book answering who wrote it and to whom, when and where it was written and why it was written. At the beginning of each chapter the authors select a few passages from their respective book which they believe encapsulate and summarize the message of that book. For example, in summarizing Genesis, Stephen Dempster selects Genesis 1:1 to point to creation, Genesis 3:15 to point to the promise of a redeemer, Genesis 12:1-3 to point to the covenant with Abraham and Genesis 15:6 to point to salvation from God as found in faith in God.

Each chapter has more charts and pictures than you will most likely find in any other Old Testament introduction book. Initially I found this to be distracting as I wanted more comments from the contributors. The further I reflected on their presence the more I feel they accomplish as much or more than more explanation would. The charts help to summarize content which remove distracting or unnecessary discussion that the reader might get lost in. Some examples of more helpful charts include “Yahweh’s Mighty Acts Against Egypt” in Exodus (86), the camp arrangement of the twelve tribes of Israel around the tabernacle in the wilderness in Numbers (130), a detailed chart on the “Old Testament Yahweh Wars of Judgment” in Joshua (182-83) and the “Mosaic Covenant Blessings, Curses and Restoration Blessings” in Ezekiel (270). The many pictures help to bring the discussion and Scripture alive as the reader is reminded that the Christian faith is embedded in time and history itself. They tell us that these events really happened and here is what it might have looked like. Additionally, there are sidebars throughout the book which give more information about people, places and events. These are similar to study notes in a study Bible. Each chapter has an “At a Glance” chart which summarizes the book in short statement with corresponding chapters, key words and concepts to review at the end of the chapter as well as resources for further study.


All total, What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About is a solid survey of the Old Testament by a team of conservative evangelicals committed to the authority of Scripture and its redemptive focus. The audience aim college and seminary students as well as local church leaders. I readily agree with this. My only recommendation would be that while it may be sufficient as a foundational textbook for seminary it would need to be supplemented with other more in-depth Old Testament works as well. For college and laymen this is almost a one-stop-shop for an Old Testament survey. Further, this book guides the reader in their understanding of the Old Testament in light of Christ and not despite it.

NOTE: I received this book for free from Kregel in return for an honest review of the book. I was under no obligation to provide a favorable review and the words and thoughts expressed are my own.