What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus’s Bible

January 20, 2014 | Comments Off on What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus’s Bible

If you’re a pastor, Bible study leader, or student looking for an excellent Old Testament survey, this is it. What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus’ Bible by Jason S. DeRouchie (ed.) is another of the gorgeous Kegel Academic publications. It’s simple enough for the non-seminary trained among us, but deep enough that even well trained pastors will find insights and help.

The goal of the 17 authors is to present the essence of what is revealed in the Old Testament, with a conscious eye toward the fulfillment found in Jesus as clarified in the New Testament. They point out that what we know as the Old Testament was all Jesus had. The New Testament wasn’t written until after His resurrection. Seen from that perspective, it’s helpful to see the progression and purpose of God’s covenant in redemptive history. It uses the same progressive revelation as the Hebrew Tanak, which means the order is law, prophets, then writings. Each chapter synthesizes three to six themes, is gospel-saturated, and offers one page summarizing the “who, when, where, why” of the biblical book.

The book, printed on Kregel’s lovely almost-slick paper, is filled with gorgeous photos, maps, and charts that will be useful in teaching or leading. (I’d love to have a CD of these to use in Power Point presentations.) It also includes quotations from various Ancient Near East (ANE) writings that parallel the Old Testament. These are fascinating and might make good discussion in a small group. Call outs offer additional information, tidbits, and challenges. This is one book that will see a lot of use in my work.

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