Written from an irenic, evangelical perspective, this Old Testament survey is designed to unpack what the biblical authors most intended to communicate in the Scripture that Jesus read. As the corresponding volume to the previously publishedWhat the New Testament Authors Really Cared About (Kregel Academic, 2008), it is well-suited for use in a college, seminary, or church context Students of the Bible will find this full-color textbook accessible and engaging.
What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About is gospel-centered, portraying the Old Testament as the foundation for a fulfillment found in the New Testament. Each chapter is written by an Old Testament scholar who is a skilled teacher at one of the finest evangelical schools across North America and specializes in the biblical book covered.
Readers will find:
- Introductory issues (who, when, where, why) condensed to one-page snapshots of essential information at
- the beginning of each chapter
- The clarity of the biblical message enhanced through nearly two hundred high-resolution photographs, over
- eighty charts and tables, and twelve color maps
- Very readable text, appropriate for broad audiences
- A format simpler and intentionally shorter than many other surveys, making it a very manageable textbook for a single semester Old Testament survey course or a useful guide to accompany devotional reading of Scripture
If you’d like to read an excerpt, click here.
About the Author – Jason DeRouchie (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate professor of Old Testament at Bethlehem College and Seminary. He is coauthor of A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew and A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew Workbook.
If you’d like to know more about the author, go here: Jason DeRouchie
My Review – What The Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus’ Bible is not (according to the author/editor):
- • A history of Israelite religion
- • A summary of the events of history
- • A synthesis of the sources behind the texts
- • A review of characters in the text
- • A theology of the Hebrew Bible on its own
- • A systematic theology
- • A reflection of the reader
Instead, using more of a canonical approach, the various authors seek to ‘present the essence of what is revealed in the Old Testament.’ Jesus is the primary fulfillment of the Old Testament in the New Testament. How do the Old Testament authors point toward this? How did those who compiled the canon of books in the Old Testament view this and thus, order the canon accordingly?
Primarily, WOTARCA, is a textbook. One could use it for a class (college or intro seminary level). One could simply read through it, but the reader will be helped far more effectively if a group were to do this together. Personally, I’ll be working to develop a study class/group at my church for people who want to see what the Old Testament is all about.
I thoroughly enjoy the layout of this book. It’s one-column print is easy on the eyes. Charts, graphs, photographs, sidebars, summary boxes are all used to assist the reader in assimilating the vast amount of information contained here. Seven appendices will also further one’s ability to comprehend what the compilation of authors are striving to communicate. And DeRouchie’s primary K-I-N-G-D-O-M development will convey the progression, as well as the purpose of God’s Covenants throughout redemptive history.
Here are two charts, found in the opening chapter, which help explain the overall flow of Scripture, both Old and New Testaments:
Overall, I’d highly recommend this book to pastors, elders, pastors-in-training, college students, entry-level seminary students, and highly motivated students of the Bible. I’m not certain that the ‘average Joe or Sue Christian’ would pick it up unless taking a class, but it’s not out of their reach; probably more beyond their level of interest.
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