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  • Paperback: 494 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596380543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596380547
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book holds the promise of the recovery of biblical preaching for those who will give themselves to the demanding and glorious task of setting each text within the context of God's redemptive plan. This is a book that belongs on every preacher's bookshelf." --R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Apostolic hermeneutics? Dare we read the Scripture backward as well as forward? Dennis Johnson's answer is a marvelously informed and convincing 'yes!' Him We Proclaim is sure to be widely read and discussed both in the academy and by groups of serious-minded preachers of the Word." --R. Kent Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, IL

"If only we could learn to preach like Peter and Paul. The wish becomes solid reality in Dennis Johnson's wonderful advocacy of preaching Jesus Christ in the twenty-first century as the apostles did in the first. Under Johnson's tutelage, preaching apostolic, Christ-centered, redemptive-historical, missiological sermons that are grace-driven becomes a dream within reach." --Bryan Chapell, President and Professor of Practical Theology, Covenant Theological Seminary, and author of Christ-Centered Preaching

About the Author

Dennis E. Johnson is Academic Dean and Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Seminary California. He has written Triumph of the Lamb and Let's Study Acts. He and his wife, Jane, have four grown children and many grandchildren.

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Dennis E. Johnson (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of practical theology at Westminster Seminary California and associate pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church.

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It is a dry read, but the content is incredible!!
Lucas A. Knisely
The author's assumptions aren't well explained, and drive the final point into the very place the author is trying to avoid, however.
Russ White
Johnson provides numerous discussions of texts in the book, working through the passages step by step.
R. Hayton

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Hayton VINE VOICE on April 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
Any book which includes "Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures" in its title instantly grabs my attention. How Christ is revealed in the Old Testament, and how the Old Testament foreshadows New Covenant realities has been a theological interest of mine for some time. So when P & R Publishing agreed to let me review "Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures", I was thrilled with the opportunity. I hadn't known of Dennis Johnson, but I did recognize Westminster Seminary California where he is Academic Dean and Professor of Practical Theology. So with P & R as publishers, and the Westminster connection, I trusted it would be a good book.

I was wrong. It was a phenomenally good book. In every way it exceeded my expectations. 500 pages is quite a bit of ground, and with that space Johnson covers an awful lot of territory. Even still, by the end of the book, I was eager for more.

The book is part hermeneutic manual, homiletic textbook, and preaching guide. It's a polemic for apostolic preaching (that which recognizes the Christological bent of all of Scripture) even as it is an explanation for how to be exegetically careful in handling Old Testament texts. As I said it covers a lot of ground.

The book is divided into two parts: first Johnson makes the case for apostolic, Christocentric preaching. He then he fleshes out the practice of that preaching.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Will Riddle on February 4, 2010
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I was not fortunate enough to attend a seminary where Biblical Theology or intertextual approaches were widely popular. Had it not been for a single Professor who opened my mind on this account, I might have gone on thinking that all contemporary evangelical hermeneutical models were unnecessarily limiting. Following the breadcrumbs giving by this professor in looking for a better approach I ultimately ended up here at Dennis Johnson's "Him We Proclaim." I way hampered, however, by the fact that the book is billed as a preaching text, when its greatest impact is as a hermeneutics text.

The book makes the bold claim that modern evangelical rules are not only different from Apostolic methods, but that apostolic methods should be used by us. The excitement begins in the introduction and promotional quotes where one can sense that Johnson not only pushes the boundaries but defends them extremely well. A lifetime of study built on a generation of recovery of Biblical Theology starting with the work of Edmund Clowney led to this fabulous work.

The crux and the power of the book is that he actually demonstrates the apostolic method by working his way through the book of Hebrews. Taking Hebrews as an apostolic commentary on the Old Testament and therefore a textbook on how to interpret the OT, he demonstrates how to do it. In doing so, he finally gives us the intellectual models which allow us to close the gap between anointed preaching and Biblical interpretation.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jacques Schoeman on January 4, 2008
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Christocentric preaching contends that Christ be glorified through proclamation. Only as God is justified as the ultimate author of salvation is fallen man's need for salvation exposed. One surefire way of achieving this is in taking the biblical text as the primary source in preaching. '...the apostolic preacher must be prepared to answer to his Master as one found faithful in administering his stewardship, both preserving and propagating the message of life without modifying its content.' p 65

Michael Horton says 'Biblicism is the assumption that a concept must be stated in so many words in the Bible in order for it to attain the status of a biblical doctrine.' Dennis E Johnson invites those who hold to the hermeneutical criterion of 'literal where possible', or those who wish to limit the Bible's intent to the human author's 'horizon', to consider if this is consistent with the unique character of progressive revelation. Especially if these interpretive limitations 'preclude aspects of later Scripture's handling of earlier Scripture, they do not deserve the status of a ruling norm, in the light of the apostolic example of biblical interpretation.' p 139 As an example of this failure to read Scripture correctly, Johnson references John the Baptist: 'But Jesus made no mention of the imminent judgment on the wicked, the motif that was central to John's expectation and message. Was John, then, a false prophet? What John needed to learn, as did Jesus' disciples at a later point (Acts 1: 6-8), was that God reserves the right to fulfill His promises in His own way, even if His ways should contradict our natural, normal, ordinary, literal reading of those promises.' p 143 Whilst having the general dispensationalist in view, this understanding is not theirs alone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles Reed on May 6, 2012
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Don't consider getting this book for some light devotional reading. It is a great preaching resource but must be read slowly and carefully to get the message. The author is obviously steeped in proclaiming Christ and has not arrived at his present state through ignorance nor brain washing but through very thorough study of both the scripture and numerous men's attempts to 'explain' it. I am very glad that I bought it and wish to thank the author for it.
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