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  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (April 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581347170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581347173
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For many Christians the Old Testament is daunting and confusing. The books are long and speak about a culture dramatically different from ours. Mark Dever's sermons do not substitute for reading the Old Testament, but they do provide a wonderful help in understanding it. Dever unpacks the major themes of each book with remarkable clarity, and the book also shines in conveying the message of the Old Testament for today. Here is a survey to the Old Testament that is accessible and spiritually edifying."
Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"To hear the Bible tell its own story in its own way-this is the obvious but all-too-rare strategy for reading the Book of books. I thank Dr. Mark Dever for showing us how. We are immeasurably enriched."
Raymond C. Ortlund Jr., Lead Pastor, Immanuel Church, Nashville, Tennessee

"This is a bold project, some might say foolhardy, but Mark Dever has brilliantly succeeded. This is no mere textbook; it is powerful preaching. We are not only introduced to the sweep and message of each book of the Bible but, above all, confronted by our great God and called to obey his living word."
Vaughan Roberts, Rector of St Ebbe’s, Oxford, England; Director, The Proclamation Trust; author, God's Big Picture

"In these distinctive overview sermons, Mark Dever manages to bring together around the core issues of each biblical book three concerns that ought to occupy every faithful preacher of God's Word: theological content, exegetical wisdom, and pastoral application. Here is a walk through the Bible that is well worth taking!"
Timothy George, Founding Dean, Beeson Divinity School; General Editor, Reformation Commentary on Scripture

"Mark Dever has done the Christian community a great service in publishing these sermons. The material is academically informed but presented in a very accessible way with relevant application. With its Christological focus and careful Christian application of the Old Testament, this book enables readers to get into the theological heart of the message of each biblical book."
David Peterson, Former Principal, Oak Hill College; Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in New Testament, Moore Theological College

"Mark Dever has written a needed book and written it well. With a pastor's heart, a scholar's mind, and the intimacy of a friend, Dever introduces the reader clearly and creatively to a book that has changed the world but to which contemporary culture remains largely unexposed. This book is warm, engaging, straightforward, and profound. It will be a valuable resource for individuals, study groups, churches, unbelievers and believers alike. Dever takes the reader on an unforgettable journey into the most remarkable and moving book ever written."
John ShouseProfessor of Christian Theology, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

"This is a good book, written by a pastor/scholar for people in the pew. Clear, concise, thoroughly readable. Buy two and give one to a friend."
Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Cleveland, Ohio

"I have long desired a book that would unlock the richness of the Old Testament-assisting both the pastor in the pulpit and Christians in their devotions. This is that book."
C. J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

About the Author

Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge University) is senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and pastor of 9Marks Ministries. Dever has authored over a dozen books and speaks at conferences nationwide. 

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What this provides is a very readable, easily understood summary of each book, as well a concise treatment of the overall message of the Old Testament.
Aaron Davis
There is an overview sermon by Mark Dever for each book of the Bible that is really helpful in understanding what you are reading in the Bible.
Janet B. Vonwodtke

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61 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Micah Burke on July 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
To correct the previous reviewer's post, Dever's position on Israel is not some new "replacement" theology but the historic Christian understanding prior to the invent of 19th century dispensational theology. Dever views God's promises to Israel in light of a covenantal structure rather than a dispensational one. The Old Covenant completely fulfilled in Christ, must now be viewed through His fulfillment and establishment of the New.

The previous poster's claims of a 7 year tribulation and millenial kingdom etc. are not to be found in Dever's book because Dever simply has a different theological lens and eschatological viewpoint than that offered by Dispensationalism.

This should not cause a loss of rating, for it is not the substance of the book, rather, the book should be judged on its faithfulness to the Scriptures.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jacob & Kiki Hantla TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 1, 2007
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As I have made my way through the Bible, I have been weekly interacting with Mark Dever in his two summary-of-the-Bible books, Message of the Old Testament: Promises Made and The Message of the New Testament: Promises Kept. For the last many years Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, has periodically preached single messages covering an entire book of the Bible. Modified transcripts of these sermons make up the bulk of the content of these two books.

Trying to reveal the intent and message of the author of each book and God's design for how that message would fit into the whole of the Bible and redemptive history, Dever attempts to fly us above the details to get the big picture of the Bible. Message of the Old Testament opens with a chapter on the big picture of the Bible. Then, he follows with a chapter on the overarching theme of the Old Testament, which he summarizes as "Promises Made". Finally, grouping the books of the Old Testament into groups (i.e. Pentateuch: "The Great Story", Historical Books: "The Other Millennium", Wisdom Books: "Ancient Wisdom", Major Prophets: "Big Hopes", and Minor Prophets, "Eternal Questions") he delves into the message of each book, each having its own chapter of approximately 20-25 pages apiece.

How helpful is this book! Rightly, we are directed to dig deep into a text, and we have this modeled in excellent expository sermons that may spend weeks on a single verse and years on a single verse. This type of expository preaching is good; it is right, and it is to be emulated in personal study. But without Dever's model, the Christian may be very prone to lose his or her way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Young on December 19, 2011
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Regarding the Kindle edition and not commenting on the substance of the book here. The Kindle edition contains many instances of hyphenated words appearing in mid-sentence. This is likely due to a quick and dirty dump of the print copy into electronic format without any editing afterwards. The volume of these misplaced hyphenated words is distracting. I am considering getting a refund on the Kindle edition and buying print instead.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Davis VINE VOICE on November 3, 2010
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Mark Dever has compiled a collection of sermons for each book of the Old Testament. What this provides is a very readable, easily understood summary of each book, as well a concise treatment of the overall message of the Old Testament.

What is most helpful is the fact that sound, biblical theology is maintained throughout. When studying a passage of scripture, it is easy to get caught up in a verse or two and miss the "forest for the trees." This book is helpful in placing a passage in a theological context.

This is an excellent resource to keep on hand. When studying from a particular book of the Old Testament, Dever provides a great place to start.

I highly recommend this for any Christian's bookshelf; clergy or laity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. E. Myers on January 29, 2014
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This book is so great for a landscape look at The Bible. Mr. Dever delivers a well informed and inspiring message in between the covers of this book. I am enjoying reading this along with my daily bible reading as I read through The Bible in a year. Great companion to that process.
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This compilation of books of sermons by Mark Dever, is perhaps the best collection of one person's interpretation of the Old Testament books of the Bible you will read. Mark Dever is definitely "Bibled Up". His theology is sound, solid, and doesn't spin off into space with new or clever takes on the BIble...just the pure, unchanged Word of God. And Mark Dever is able to share each book with an easy flowing style that is easy to understand so you walk away changed by it having understood more than when you started.
This book is wonderful by itself, but is especially cool if you are doing a daily Bible reading program or just reading the Bible. By reading each sermon before or during your reading of the particular book you are in the BIble, that book comes alive with better understanding and comprehension.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Bennett on March 22, 2014
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Its an amazing book. We read it during Bible class and I just love it. I really recommend it for you.
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This is a collection of sermon overviews on each book of the Old Testament that Dever preached at Capitol Hill Baptist Church some years ago. I read them while reading through the OT chronologically, and I found the sermons helpful to read as I started each new book. In most cases, Dever zooms out and breaks the book down into logical sections, finding main points from each section. He also provides some historical context and the book's relation in time to other books, this is helpful when looking at the minor prophets. Dever's sermons are fairly lengthy, he does not subscribe to Alistair Begg's notion that an expository sermon should be delivered in under 30 minutes. Perhaps most helpful are the study questions at the end, they are very thought-provoking/challenging. The sermons are intended for his local congregation, so there is some context there as well-- plenty of references to New England, for example. In many cases, Dever avoids getting into the meaning of prophecy or relating various viewpoints. The sermon on Zechariah was, according to him, his first on the book. The leadership sermon on Daniel is quite good. Dever does a good job of finding Jesus in the Old Testament, particularly. Apparently at Capitol Hill if the morning sermon is OT, the evening one will be a parallel passage in the NT-- at least that was his stated practice when he was preaching these.

I highlighted dozens of passages, too many to list here. I give it 4 stars out of 5. It is just one guy's sermons, after all.
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Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge), author of several books and articles, serves as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC. Along with his pastoral responsibilities, Dever is also the president of 9Marks. He is
coauthor, with J. I. Packer, of In My Place Condemned He Stood: Celebrating the Glory of the Atonement.

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