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Considering the Old Testament and the Gospel

It’s been just over a year since I worked with Bryan Babcock and Russell Meek to write Trajectories: A Gospel-Centered Introduction to Old Testament Theology. We wanted to produce a work on the Old Testament that was collaborative and addressed aspects of the Old Testament and of the field of Old Testament Studies.

In the introduction to the book, I note, “The Old Testament is not a book foreign to the Christian faith, but an integral part of that faith. It is not a book set apart, but an essential chapter in the full story of God and His people. In this sense, the study of Old Testament theology must maintain a highly Christian character deeply rooted in the contemporary church.”

Reading back over this statement, I still believe it to be true. When read rightly and understood not as a set of instructions for believers to follow today or as a set of antiquated rules and stories that have been superseded by the New Testament, but as a crucial act of remembrance to which those who believe in Christ may look as they seek to understand the Triune God of the Scriptures.

What I (and, I trust, Drs. Babcock and Meek) hope we have provided is an accessible treatment of the Old Testament that will help believers to see more clearly the God revealed in the pages of Genesis to Malachi.

If you have an interest in the Old Testament or the field of Old Testament Studies, you can check it out on Amazon (click here). Below are a few quotes from the various chapters in the book.

  • “Knowing Christ means knowing who created the waves, the birds, the trees. Thus, it is not enough simply to marvel at creation. We must allow creation to fulfill its proper role in pointing us toward the One worthy of worship.” – from Chapter 1, “Creation”
  • “We must look beyond our normal community norms and resist the sort of conformity that does not call us to mimic Christ…” – from Chapter 3, “The Fall”
  • “Covenant Thinking not only defines our relationship with God, it also summons God’s people through that covenant to a life of faithfulness.” – from Chapter 4, “God’s Covenant with David”
  • “The church must take strides to ensure that its actions in the world are not its actions alone, but that the church is participating with God.” – from Chapter 5, “Liberation and Deliverance”
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