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Jesus the Messiah: Tracing the Promises, Expectations, and Coming of Israel's King Hardcover – November 9, 2012
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"Resisting the impulse to impose later visions of the Messiah upon earlier texts, they have offered a fair and balanced picture of a gradually revealed but vibrant and persistent thread of biblical belief. Thoroughly researched, logically organized, and lavishly illustrated, this volume represents the finest full length treatment of the subject available." (Daniel Block, Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament Wheaton College 2012-12-01)
"I like the authors' distinction between a text's original, contextual meaning and the canonical significance ultimately given to it, and their progression from Old Testament to New via second temple Jewish literature." (Leslie C. Allen, Senior Professor of Old Testament Fuller Theological Seminary 2012-12-01)
"Bateman, Bock, and Johnston have definitely filled a gaping hole in this crucial area with their new work and done so artfully while specializing in their respective fields―Old Testament, second temple literature, and New Testament. It is about time we have a detailed discussion on this important area from evangelical scholars bridging this whole time period. Their discussions are nuanced and carefully worded, avoiding many pitfalls of either extremes and yet providing a very readable and clear work. Especially helpful is their progressive development in which they have highlighted crucial themes related to the Messiah throughout the biblical and non-canonical works. Whether one agrees or disagrees with all of their conclusions, there is no doubt that they have provided a workable, clear foundation in this area that will spawn many lively discussions into the future." (Paul D. Wegner, Professor of Old Testament Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary 2012-12-01)
About the Author
Herbert W. Bateman IV (PhD, Dallas Th eological Seminary) has taught Greek language and exegesis for more than twenty years. He is the Author or editor of many works on the General Epistles, including Charts on the Book of Hebrews, Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews, and a forthcoming commentary on Jude and 2 Peter.
Gordon H. Johnston (ThD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is associate professor of Old Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has spent a number of years sifting through archaeological digs. In addi- tion to his work in the field, Dr. John- ston has published numerous articles and essays in scholarly journals.
Darrell L. Bock is Executive Director of Cultural Engagement and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. A former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, he is the author of the best-selling Breaking the Da Vinci Code and numerous works in New Testament studies, including Jesus According to Scripture.
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Top Customer Reviews
I was, I am honestly glad to say, wrong on each count. This volume is excellently written and sensitively done with an acute eye directed both at the Old Testament context of the texts in question and one at the Reception History which those texts evoked (and yes, it seems everyone is doing Reception History these days, even if they don't call it by its proper name).
This volume is comprised of three major sections: Part I: Promises of a King in which Gordon Johnston discusses `messianic trajectories' in various books of the Old Testament (including Genesis, Amos, the Psalms, Isaiah, and Jeremiah among others). Surprisingly, in his discussion of Isaiah, Johnston skips Chapter 7, which I confess to finding singularly odd. Otherwise his treatment is nicely done, as he examines first the Old Testament context of the passages in question and then their `canonical' meaning.
Part II: Expectations of a King by Herbert Bateman IV deals with the thorniest of questions.Read more ›
Herbert W. Bateman IV, Darrell L. Bock, Gordon H Johnson
Kregel Academic, Grand Rapids, Michigan 2012, 527 pages
Just looking at this book is impressive. The Publisher has done an outstanding job in layout and printing. Normally such books as this are not printed in color. This is an exception. Not only this, but the graphic charts, sidebars, and maps are remarkable, and really aid the reader in understanding the concepts. Even the headings are also printed in color. This is done all at a reasonable price.
The content is likewise impressive. It traces the idea of messiahship throughout the Bible. The book is divided into three sections, with a different author writing the section.
Gordon Johnson writes section one: “The Promise of a King,” which consists of the first seven chapters of the book. It centers upon the contextual and canonical trajectories through the Old Testament. He carefully deals with the progressive stages of revelation of the Messiah. He follows the trail through the major sections of the Old Testament from the patriarchs to the prophets. He sees the concept of messiah as rooted, not with the fall of man, but with the promises given to Abraham and the patriarchs. He sees both far and near elements (fulfillments) to the promises, with the ultimate fulfillment as messianic. He deals with the major messiah passages in a fair and balanced way, yet completely evangelical in his approach. He treats Genesis 3:15 under an appendix of its own which he sees as not an explicit messianic text. To me this is one of the most interesting chapters in the book, and worthwhile whether you agree or disagree with his view.
Herbert Batemen is the author of section two: “Expectation of a King.Read more ›
Divided into three sections, the authors look at the themes of the Messiah in the promises of the Old Testament, reflections and expectations drawn from Intertestamental literature, and the arrival of Jesus recorded in the New Testament.
What makes this book different from other books about the Messiah? The authors' approach to surveying the three divisions of Messianic testimony. Rather than committing the hermeneutical error of "eisegesis" (reading Jesus back into messianic prophecies), the authors contend the Old Testament authors were divinely inspired to use "open" language that would be later fulfilled by Christ.
So-called "messianic" texts are not to be understood as exclusively Messianic - but intended to point to representative royal leaders of the Davidic line, of which Jesus Christ is the ultimately fulfillment. Basically, rather than reading into the text something that isn't there, the authors emphasize the progressive nature of the identity of the ideal Davidic king as seen in the OT & NT and reflective literature from the Intertestamental period.
What I loved about the book:
1. Overall, this is a beautiful book with full-color charts, indexes, maps, etc.., and a very impressive epilogue dedicated to interpreting Gen. 3:15.
2. The authors incorporate insight from literature of the Second Temple era (the time that spans the two testaments). Why is this a big deal since these texts are not inspired?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What an exhausting and thorough undertaking!!! Bateman, Bock, and Johnston did a stellar job tracing the messianic trajectories through the Old Testament in a canonical fashion. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Edwin Handley
In Jesus the Messiah: Tracing the Promises, Expectations, and Coming of Israel’s King, three leading biblical scholars bring their differing expertise to provide a survey of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jennifer Guo
Jesus the Messiah: Tracing the Promises, Expectations, and Coming of Israel's King
I love it when authors actually fulfill their thesis and promises in their promotional... Read more
The authors no doubt have taken on a formidable subject, and the attempt is to be commended. Johnston's work is perhaps the best in this volume, laying the groundwork for what is... Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by JamesTBird
This book has three distinct sections, one on the Old Testament, the second on the development of messianic prophecy in the intertestamental period, and the third on the New... Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by Phillip Long
This book draws out the intricacies of the Bible's developing portrait of the messiah. In Part 1, Johnston unfolds the multi-layered nature of the OT promises of a messiah. Read morePublished on May 31, 2013 by David Gunner Gundersen
Did you ever wonder what Jesus' contemporaries understood about the Messiah or how they missed him? With the advantage of hindsight, it seems so obvious that he was the fulfillment... Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by Pat J. Sikora
"Jesus the Messiah: Tracing the Promises, Expectations, and Coming of Israel's King"
Just today in reviewing another book, I read about an anthropology course at the... Read more
Jesus the Messiah is a fine work from three exceptional biblical scholars. Each scholar plays his part in examining Messianic expectations and fulfillment of these expectations. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Joseph T. Cochran