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"I wholeheartedly recommend this fine book." (Scott A. Wenig, The Journal of the evangelical Homiletics Society., March 2011)

"This is a very useful book that no Christian preacher should be without." (R. Ryan, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 35.5 (2011))

"Given the diversity of the contributors, preachers will find this to be a valuable resource as they seek to be faithful expositors of Old Testament texts." (Michael Duduit, Preaching, May/June 2011)

"I have found that nothing brings greater joy than preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ from the Scriptures of the Old Testament. This masterful collection of essays will help contemporary preachers understand, proclaim and apply all the genres of Old Testament literature with greater depth and clarity." (Philip Graham Ryken, president, Wheaton College)

"There has never been a better time to preach. We have more resources available to guide our understanding of the text than any generation of preachers in human history. But sometimes it feels like we're drowning in information while starving for wisdom. This volume will help create a generation of genuinely thoughtful preachers who can teach people to love God with their minds. It can guide us to preaching that has integrity, power and authority." (John Ortberg, pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, California)

"This book offers a thorough discussion of the various tasks facing the Christian preacher in proclaiming the gospel from the pages of the Old Testament. Particularly unique among recent treatments of this sort is the fact that each of the contributors is a noted Old Testament professor, scholar and proven preacher in his or her own right. Also, each seeks to encounter the gospel not only within the New Testament but from within the Old Testament as well. The contributors are thus much more inclined to look for their answers to Old Testament problems and hermeneutical guidelines from within the Old Testament itself. Also helpful is the example sermon included with each chapter." (John H. Sailhamer, author of The Meaning of the Pentateuch)

"We are fortunate to be studying and preaching on the Old Testament at a time when critical study has produced many approaches to the Old Testament that will aid the preacher. That would have been inconceivable a few decades ago. This volume is a most useful guide to the way those approaches resource preaching on different kinds of texts in the Old Testament." (John Goldingay, David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary)

"InterVarsity Press and the team of pastors and scholars who worked on Reclaiming the Old Testament are to be congratulated on producing a much-needed monograph with some very practical suggestions on how to understand the message of the Old Testament. While not every suggestion will be adopted by all, the conversation is extremely important if we are ever going to get back to teaching and preaching the full counsel of God. Laypersons will profit from reading this text as much as the clergy, for each of the chapters hits on some of the major issues of our day." (Walter C. Kaiser Jr., President Emeritus, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)

About the Author

Grenville J. R. Kent is lecturer in Old Testament at the Wesley Institute, Sydney, Australia.

Paul Kissling is professor of Old Testament and biblical languages and director of research at the TCMI Institute, Austria.

Laurence A. Turner is Principal Lecturer in Old Testament and Research Degrees Director at Newbold College, Bracknell, U.K.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (October 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830838872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830838875
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Ryan Kelly on January 2, 2011
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My expectations for this volume should be laid bare at the outset. Too much is published today that is both mediocre and/or redundant. Particularly in an area such as preaching, I would be hesitant to get caught up into reading very many books if any on the subject. A book on preaching could be compared to a book on how to play a musical instrument. Perhaps the fundamentals can be gleaned from reading a text book, but to truly master the subject one must set aside the book and practice. Preaching is an activity one must be regularly engaged in should one truly want to grow and develop. There is very little need to read more than a couple preaching books because their differences are hardly significant. I do not preoccupy myself with the various preaching theories; they are largely passing fads concerned with packaging material that is often mediocre because too little attention is being placed on content. And so with that in mind, I came to this book looking for a resource that would cover the bare essentials of making use of the Old Testament for a Christian exposition, one that was particularly focused on developing content over delivery. In my estimation, the delivers in this respect, though I found some chapters appealed to me more than others.

Each chapter is the product of a different author writing from within a Christian faith perspective. Generally speaking, each chapter contains a discussion of the topic, its relation to preaching, the relevance of a Christian faith perspective, and concludes with both an example sermon (or sermon outline) and a bibliography of some kind.

Laurence Turner begins the book with the chapter "Preaching Narrative: Plot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Hayton VINE VOICE on January 28, 2011
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Over the last few decades, a revival of interest in the Old Testament seems to have come over the evangelical church. Numerous resources for preaching the Old Testament and for understanding the various genres we find in the first two thirds of our Bibles have been produced. The tide is turning, and more and more we hear of careful preaching through the Old Testament again.

We still have a long way to go, however. Most conservative pulpits major on the New Testament. After all, the relevance of NT books to the Christian living today is much more apparent. Popular expositors have even given us commentary after commentary on the New Testament, to the almost complete exclusion of the Old Testament. Theology-heavy sermons from the doctrinal portions of the New Testament can serve to keep people out of touch with the reality of the story of Scripture. And ironically, in an age where everybody's story has value, the grand overarching storyline of the Bible is silenced by the Church's neglect of the first 39 books of her Bible.

Many of the resources being published that are seeking to revive a focus on the Old Testament are locked away in scholarly tomes or couched in some liberal theological garb, effectively kept away from the average pastor's and Bible teacher's reach. A new book by InterVarsity Press aims to bring scholarly resources into an accessible and highly useful format. "Reclaiming the Old Testament for Christian Preaching", edited by Grenville J.R. Kent, Paul J. Kissling and Laurence A. Turner, actually manages to live up to its title's bold claim. In an accessible and user-friendly format, the book brings together contributions from a wide array of OT scholars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joel L. Watts VINE VOICE on January 11, 2011
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Intervaristy Press Academic provides the pastoral and thinking Christian with not only a small commentary on the sections of the Old Testament but an in-depth and substance packed preaching manual. It is not just about preaching the Old Testament, but about preaching the Old Testament in a Christian church both to the critical and the uncritical ear, always pointing to Christ and the mysteries which He made known to the Church. Much like the Old Testament itself, each section is handled by different authors with different Faith backgrounds. This helps to take the monotone voice of most commentaries and place the Old Testament in stereo.

The writers do not expect the reader (and by the reader I mean the audience on Sunday morning) to fully know current scholarship nor to completely interact with it in every sermon. Some even go so far as to say that bringing up modern scholarship will do more harm than good to the preaching of these books. Yet, as a whole they do not shy away from higher criticism (and, some use it to modify modern opinions about those rough passages) including the redactional takes on Isaiah. H.G.M. Williamson makes a solid point that even with the various takes on Isaiah's composition, one can still draw together the unity of it in a sermon without undermining intellectual honesty. The same goes with other authors who note various critical aspects of certain books (the Pentateuch for one) and yet shows how the Old Testament can be preached as a substantial whole to a Christian audience who are only familiar on the surface with the stories of our childhood. Of particular note is Alison Lo`s approach to reading the Minor Prophets.
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