Transform Your Bible Understanding
Author: Graeme Goldsworthy
In this engaging book, Graeme Goldsworthy reflects with clarity and practical insight on reading and using the Old Testament. By showing us how Jesus is central to the Old Testament's message, he encourages us to reinstate it as essential and transformative to our lives, churches and mission in today's world. The author asks important questions: Where is Jesus in the whole biblical storyline? How does the kingdom of God relate to him? In what way is he central to the divine revelation? This is a must-read for those who wish to transform their biblical understanding.
How a Jewish Perspective Can Transform Your Understanding
Author: Lois Tverberg
Publisher: Baker Books
What would it be like for modern readers to sit down beside Jesus as he explained the Bible to them? What life-changing insights might emerge from such a transformative encounter? Lois Tverberg knows the treasures that await readers willing to learn how to read the Bible through Jewish eyes. By helping them understand the Bible as Jesus and his first-century listeners would have, she bridges the gaps of time and culture in order to open the Bible to readers today. Combining careful research with engaging prose, Tverberg leads us on a journey back in time to shed light on how this Middle Eastern people approached life, God, and each other. She explains age-old imagery that we often misinterpret, allowing us to approach God and the stories and teachings of Scripture with new eyes. By helping readers grasp the perspective of its original audience, she equips them to read the Bible in ways that will enrich their lives and deepen their understanding.
Cultural Insights into the Words and Deeds of Christ
Author: Joe Amaral
Modern-day Christians often bring their own presuppositions and assumptions to the reading of the Bible, not realizing how deeply their understanding of Christ's life and teachings is affected by a 21st-century worldview. In UNDERSTANDING JESUS, author Joe Amaral delves deep into Jewish history, societal mores, and cultural traditions, closing the gap created by geographical distance and over two thousand years of history. Using a chronological approach to the life of Christ, he guides the reader through significant events such as Jesus' birth, baptism, and crucifixion, pointing out illuminating details that that the Western mind would normally miss. Amaral's premise is that to understand Jesus, we must understand the time and place in which he was born, the background from which he drew his illustrations, and the audience he spoke to. Throughout the book he explores specific terms, places, and events for their significance and shows how they add richness and meaning to the text. Topics include the connection between Jesus and John the Baptist, the annual Feasts and why they are important to modern Christianity, Jewish customs such as foot-washing, clean and unclean foods, paying tribute to political governments, and the significance of various miracles. In UNDERSTANDING JESUS, Amaral draws back the curtain on a way of life that existed during the reign of the Caesars, and in doing so, reveals truths about the way we live more than two thousand years later, half a world away.
Author: Nancy Guthrie
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
We tend to look to the New Testament to tell us about Jesus, yet it was the Old Testament about which Jesus said, “the Scriptures point to me!” In The One Year Book of Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament, Bible teacher Nancy Guthrie takes readers from Genesis through Malachi, shining the light of Christ on the promise of a descendent who will put an end to the curse of sin; the story of a father who offers up his son as a sacrifice; the symbol of a temple where people can meet with God; the prophecy of a servant who will suffer; the person of a king who will rule with righteousness—and so much more. Day by day throughout the year, readers will see the beauty of Christ in fresh new ways, creating a deeper understanding and appreciation for who Jesus is and what he accomplished through his Cross and Resurrection.
Author: Christopher J. H. Wright
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
We cannot know Jesus without knowing his story. Today the debate over who Jesus is rages on. Has the Bible bound Christians to a narrow and mistaken notion of Jesus? Should we listen to other gospels, other sayings of Jesus, that enlarge and correct a mistaken story? Is the real Jesus entangled in a web of the church's Scripture, awaiting liberation from our childhood faith so he might speak to our contemporary pluralistic world? To answer these questions we need to know what story Jesus claimed for himself. Christopher Wright is convinced that Jesus' own story is rooted in the story of Israel. In this revised and updated book he traces the life of Christ as it is illuminated by the Old Testament. And he describes God's design for Israel as it is fulfilled in the story of Jesus.
Author: David Limbaugh
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A New York Times Bestseller! In Finding Jesus in the Old Testament, David Limbaugh unlocks the mysteries of the Old Testament and reveals hints of Jesus Christ's arrival through all thirty-nine Old Testament books. The key to the secrets of the Old Testament, Limbaugh argues, is the crucial New Testament encounter between the risen Jesus and two travelers on the road to Emmaus. With that key, and with Limbaugh as a deft guide, readers of Finding Jesus in the Old Testament will come to a startling new understanding of the Old Testament as a clear and powerful heralding of Jesus Christ's arrival. Limbaugh takes readers on a revealing journey from Genesis through Malachi, demonstrating that a consistent message courses through every one of the Old Testament's thirty-nine books: the power, wonder, and everlasting love of Jesus Christ. Previously published under the title The Emmaus Code.
The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New
Author: G. K. Beale
Publisher: Baker Books
In this comprehensive exposition, a leading New Testament scholar explores the unfolding theological unity of the entire Bible from the vantage point of the New Testament. G. K. Beale, coeditor of the award-winning Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, examines how the New Testament storyline relates to and develops the Old Testament storyline. Beale argues that every major concept of the New Testament is a development of a concept from the Old and is to be understood as a facet of the inauguration of the latter-day new creation and kingdom. Offering extensive interaction between the two testaments, this volume helps readers see the unifying conceptual threads of the Old Testament and how those threads are woven together in Christ. This major work will be valued by students of the New Testament and pastors alike.
Author: Joseph Farah
Can the gospel literally be found in every book of the Hebrew Scriptures? Joseph Farah says it can and systemically, book by book, reveals the clear redemptive passages found in all 39 books of the Old Testament. "It's there in all the books," says Farah. "The secret to finding the gospel is understanding, not just the gospel of personal salvation, but what Jesus called 'the gospel of the kingdom.'" Farah believes much of the church today has forgotten or overlooked the full meaning of "the gospel of the kingdom," which he suggests is the "scarlet thread" that ties the restorative messages of the Old Testament with the New. Farah, a lifelong journalist, applied the skills he developed as an investigative reporter to do what Bible scholars had not previously done--systematically explore all 39 books of the Old Testament for the good news fully revealed in the Greek Scriptures. The book you now hold is the product of that research. He wrote this book with three goals in mind: - to stimulate renewed interest in and appreciation for the Hebrew Scriptures among Christians - to affirm the continuity of the entire Bible by revealing the sometimes-hidden redemptive messages throughout every book in the Old Testament - to help believers rediscover what Jesus preached--"the gospel of the kingdom." It is this key that unlocks the secrets of finding the gospel where it has not been previously found
10 Simple Ways to Seek and Find Christ in the Old Testament
Author: David Murray
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Discover Jesus Throughout the Old Testament! The son trudges uphill, bearing wood for his own sacrifice; his father has decided to give him up to death. What biblical event does this bring to mind? Is it Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22, or Christ’s passion in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John? The kinship between these two stories is deeper than mere coincidence. Christ is present in the story of Abraham and Isaac. In fact, he is present on every page of the Old Testament. Christians seem to have forgotten that the Old Testament has everything to do with Jesus Christ. In Jesus on Every Page, David Murray guides the reader down his own Road to Emmaus, describing how the Scriptures were opened to him, revealing Jesus from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22. Dr. Murray’s ten simple ways to seek and find Christ in the Old Testament unveil the face of Christ in the creation, the law, the psalms, the prophets, and the proverbs. Recognizing Jesus in the full breadth of Scripture is important for every Christian. Whether you are preaching Jesus through Old Testament readings or just beginning to discover the reality of Christ in the Old Testament, Jesus on Every Page provides an accessible guide to the increasingly popular subject of Jesus in the Old Testament books. Have your own Road to Emmaus experience and know the Old Testament for what it truly is: full of Jesus.
How the New Testament Helps Us Understand the Old Testament
Author: John Goldingay
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
For Jesus and his contemporaries, what we now know as the Old Testament was simply the Scriptures—and it was the fundamental basis of how people understood their relationship with God. In this book John Goldingay uncovers five major ways in which the New Testament uses the Old Testament. His discussion paves the way for contemporary readers to understand and appreciate the Old Testament more fully. Along with an overview of how Jesus and the first Christian writers read the Old Testament, illustrated with passages from Matthew, Romans, 1 Corinthians, and Hebrews, Goldingay offers a straightforward introduction to the Old Testament in its own right. Reading Jesus's Bible will shed fresh Old Testament light on Jesus, God, and the church for readers today.
Author: Rose Publishing
Publisher: Rose Publishing Inc
Christ in the Old Testament ebook explores the lives of 13 biblical people who "prefigured" the Messiah. Throughout the Old Testament, God provided "saviors" for the people of Israel who would foreshadow the true, eternal Savior yet to come. Understanding stories such as Joseph or Abraham and how they point to Christ helps us trust in God's provision and wisdom in all things. This 14-panel foldout chart examines types, parallels, and illustrations of Jesus throughout the Old Testament, including people such Melchizedek, King David, Adam, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, and many others. When viewed through the prism of Christ's life, death and resurrection, these Old Testament characters and their roles in biblical history take on new dimensions. Christ is the key to what God had been pointing to in all the history of God's people. One way to see this is to examine parallels between Old Testament people, events, and things, and the life of Jesus in the New Testament. Christ in the Old Testament ebook shows how the Old Testament anticipates, reveals, promises, and foreshadows Christ, featuring types and illustrations of Jesus. The ebook reveals: •13 Old Testament people who foreshadowed Jesus •A Scriptural time line of their placement in history •Summaries of their lives and significance •Charts comparing ways their life events and actions paralleled Christ or his coming •Life application questions The 13 people in the Old Testament whose lives foreshadowed Christ include: •Adam •Noah •Abraham •Melchizedek •Joseph •Moses •Joshua •Samuel •David •Elijah & Elisha •Zerubbabel & Joshua Throughout the Old Testament history, God provided glimpses into the character and nature of the Messiah through typologies—significant biblical characters whose actions or events symbolically correspond with or contrast to the life of Christ. Here are a few examples of Christ in the Old Testament: ADAM •Adam's actions brought consequences to his children, causing them to inherit sin and death (Genesis 3:16-19) •Christ's actions brought consequences to God's children, causing them to inherit righteousness and life (Romans 5:12-19, 1 Corinthians 15:20-22, 45-49) NOAH •Noah offered a sacrifice of blood (Genesis 8:20-9:6) •Christ offered himself as a sacrifice (1 Peter 1:18-19) MOSES •Surrounding the birth of Moses, innocent children were killed by Pharaoh (Exodus 1:22) •Surrounding the birth of Jesus, King Herod killed innocent children in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:16) JOSHUA •Joshua led god's people to rest in the Promised Land (Joshua 21:44) •Jesus'followers are led into rest in this new creation (Hebrews 4:1) SAMUEL •Samuel's mother Hannah was blessed by the High Priest Eli before the birth of Samuel (1 Samuel 1:17) •Mary, the mother of Jesus, was blessed by an angel before the birth of Jesus (Luke 1:30) •September 4, 2013 - RoshHaShana (Jewish New Year) •September 13-14, 2013- Yom Kippur •September 18, 2013 - Sukkot
Your Guide to Understanding & Living God's Word
Author: George H Guthrie
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
A layperson's guide to understanding how to read the Bible in context clarifies the Bible's key themes and shows how to apply them to daily life, through a series of everyday language conversations with today's brightest scholars. Original.
Seeing Jesus in the Psalms and Wisdom Books
Author: Nancy Guthrie
This 10-week study of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon mines the Wisdom Literature not only for wise principles for living, but also for the wise person these books point to through their drama, poetry, proverb, and song. In her accessible and authentic style, Nancy Guthrie focuses on seeing Jesus in the Old Testament instead of emphasizing works-based moralism. She presents clear commentary and contemporary application of gospel truths, speaking directly to issues such as repentance, submission, happiness, and sexuality. Each weekly lesson includes questions for personal study, a contemporary teaching chapter that emphasizes how the passage fits into the bigger story of redemptive history, a brief section on how the passage uniquely points to what is yet to come at the consummation of Christ’s kingdom, and a leader’s guide for group discussion.
Author: John Bergsma,Brant Pitre
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Although many Catholics are familiar with the four Gospels and other writings of the New Testament, for most, reading the Old Testament is like walking into a foreign land. Who wrote these forty-six books? When were they written? Why were they written? What are we to make of their laws, stories, histories, and prophecies? Should the Old Testament be read by itself or in light of the New Testament?
John Bergsma and Brant Pitre offer readable in-depth answers to these questions as they introduce each book of the Old Testament. They not only examine the literature from a historical and cultural perspective but also interpret it theologically, drawing on the New Testament and the faith of the Catholic Church. Unique among introductions, this volume places the Old Testament in its liturgical context, showing how its passages are employed in the current Lectionary used at Mass.
Accessible to nonexperts, this thorough and up-to-date introduction to the Old Testament can serve as an idea textbook for biblical studies. Its unique approach, along with its maps, illustrations, and other reference materials, makes it a valuable resource for seminarians, priests, Scripture scholars, theologians, and catechists, as well as anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the Bible.
Embracing Change--maintaining Christian Identity : the Emerging Center in Biblical Scholarship
Author: Fredrick Carlson Holmgren
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
A perennial question throughout the history of the Christian faith has centered on the character of the Old Testament and its relationship to Jesus Christ. It is in this area that Christians and Jews have parted ways, creating a deep and enduring chasm between the two faith communities. With this new volume, Fredrick Holmgren aids in closing this hurtful breach by engaging with views on both sides of this important conversation. Holmgren dialogues with Christians from every point on the theological spectrum, urging the church to a new respect for the Jewish Bible, the enduring role of the Old Testament as "Christian scripture," and the valuable contributions of Judaism to the Christian faith. Warning the church against either caricaturing the Old Testament and Judaism or romanticizing Christianity, Holmgren sensitively shows that the New Testament proclamation of newness in Christ carries forward the witness of the Old Testament without making obsolete its Jewish interpretation.
Authorized King James Version
Publisher: Canongate U.S.
The publication of the King James version of the Bible, translated between 1603 and 1611, coincided with an extraordinary flowering of English literature and is universally acknowledged as the greatest influence on English-language literature in history. Now, world-class literary writers introduce the book of the King James Bible in a series of beautifully designed, small-format volumes. The introducers' passionate, provocative, and personal engagements with the spirituality and the language of the text make the Bible come alive as a stunning work of literature and remind us of its overwhelming contemporary relevance.
An Old Testament Background to Our Understanding of Christ
Author: Alec Motyer
Publisher: Kregel Publications
"The Old Testament is Jesus predicted; the Gospels are Jesus revealed; Acts is Jesus preached; the Epistles, Jesus explained; and the Revelation, Jesus expected." Without either the Old or New Testaments, the story of Christ and salvation is hopelessly incomplete. Thus, although many think it irrelevant and dull, knowing the Old Testament is essential to understanding the New. With skill and passion, Alec Motyer explores the unity of the Bible as it is expressed in its central theme--Jesus, the Rock of ages. Motyer uncovers how the Old Testament is the beginning of the story--pointing to and anticipating the coming Messiah. Understandable and reverent, this book goes a long way in helping readers appreciate the drama of redemption. Alec Motyer was formerly principal of Trinity College and vice-principal of Clifton Theological College in Bristol, England. Also a veteran pastor, he is now retired and devotes his time to writing and preaching. He is the Old Testament editor for the New Bible Commentary and the commentary series, The Bible Speaks Today.
Everything That Happens in the Bible in Plain English
Author: Dr. William H. Marty
Publisher: Bethany House
Sometimes readers just want to know what happens next. Dr. William Marty presents the entire narrative of the Bible in chronological order from creation to the New Testament Church. The action moves smoothly from story to story without slowing down for law, poetry, prophecy, or instruction. The Whole Bible Story is perfect for new Christians looking to understand the overall flow of the Bible or seasoned believers wanting a refresher course. It can be read straight through or used as a reference tool for better understanding of specific biblical events.