- Copertina rigida: 496 pagine
- Editore: Kregel Publications,U.S. (30 novembre 2013)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0825425913
- ISBN-13: 978-0825425912
- Peso di spedizione: 1,3 Kg
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What The Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus' Bible (Inglese) Copertina rigida – Illustrato, 30 nov 2013
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This book sets new standards for an Old Testament survey. The Christ-centered emphasis is a breath of fresh air. The canonical theology is deep and rich. It is exegetically faithful. The user-friendly features are not just easy to follow; they flat-out arrest your attention at times. In a crowded field of competitors, it is a standout. I commend it highly and plan to turn to it often. --Jason Meyer, Pastor for Preaching and Vision"Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN" (08/01/2013)
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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!
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
The Old Testament was the Bible that Jesus read; the Scriptures that He claimed “testify of me.” For too long, this volume of Scripture has been viewed as the Jewish book; the part of the Bible that related to Israel. In What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About we discover that the Old Testament is a Christian book; it is the book of the coming Messiah.
What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About is textbook material. It is rich in photographs, charts, illustrations, and maps. Chapters end with a review of key words and concepts. This is not a survey in the traditional sense of a survey, nor is it an introduction. Critical matters such as authorship are given scant attention. Rather, it is an overview of each Old Testament author’s contribution to the unfolding story of redemption.
Readers from a dispensational perspective will be less thrilled about this volume. The contributors do not take that approach to the prophetic books in particular. One example of this is found in contributor Gary E. Yates remarks concerning the new covenant prophesied by Jeremiah;
The new covenant would [provide] spiritual transformation for all who belonged to the covenant: “They shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest…for I will forgive their iniquity” (31:34; cf. Deut. 30:6). Ultimately, it is the work of the Messiah Jesus that makes this possible, “to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Rom. 1:16). The restored remnant of Israel and the nations, with hearts now surrendered to Yahweh and the royal descendent of David (Jer. 23:5; 30:9), would never again have to experience judgment and exile for disobedience to Yahweh’s commands, and they would forever enjoy fullness of blessings in the Promised Land (32:39=41) (p. 256, italics original).
Preston Sprinkle’s comments on Ezekiel are even plainer:
What are we to make of this future temple? Should we anticipate the future rebuilding of a literal temple, fully equipped with a Levitical priesthood (44:15-31) performing sacrifices for atonement for sin (45:15-17, 20)? This literal interpretation is possible and is suggested by the fact that Ezekiel is shown such detailed measurements of this temple (40:5-42:20) and given such detailed guidelines about how worship should be conducted within it (chs. 44-46). This literal interpretation runs into problems, however, when we look at the book of Hebrews, where the Old Testament sacrificial system is clearly a mere shadow pointing to the ultimate sacrifice of Christ (see esp. Heb. 10). …
Premillennial dispensationalism seems to be the evangelical default position. Many (including the reviewer) were trained in this context. This volume offers an invigorating challenge to this interpretive scheme. At least for some, this book will encourage a rereading of the Old Testament Scriptures in a Christological context.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”