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The Messianic Hope: Is the Old Testament Really Messianic? [Kindle Edition]

Michael Rydelnik
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In The Messianic Hope, book six of the New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology series, Jewish Studies professor Michael Rydelnik puts forth a thesis that the Old Testament was intended by its authors to be read as a messianic primer. He explains at length how the text reveals significant direct messianic prophecy when read in its final form. Users will find this topical study an excellent extension of the long-respected New American Commentary series.



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Michael Rydelnik is professor of Jewish Studies in the World Missions and Evangelism department at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. He holds degrees from Moody (diploma), Azusa Pacific University (B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (D.Miss.) and also contributed to The Apologetics Study Bible.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Messianic Fulfillment in Christ: The Evidence January 13, 2011
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Michael Rydelnik's "The Messianic Hope: Is the Hebrew Bible Really Messianic" clearly and powerfully provides evidence that the messianic prophecies in the Old Testament were fulfilled by Jesus Christ. The Tenach (Old Testament) foretold the coming of the Messiah in exact detail. The text was written centuries before the coming of Jesus, and it predicted over three hundred prophecies about Him. No other founder of any religion can provide a similar prophetic record of his life written down centuries before his birth. Joseph Smith, Mary Baker Eddy, David Koresh, Muhammad, and Buddha cannot supply a widely transmitted, preexisting written record that accurately predicted the details of their life. Herein Rydelnik supplies precision and care in discussing the historical and internal evidence regarding the messianic prophecies.

Rydelnik rightly notes the importance of controlling assumptions in evaluating and analyzing within interpretative methodology: "Biblical scholars come at the issue of interpretation from a variety of presuppositions and approaches" (p. 3).

The author presses the power of prophecy fulfillment: "The specific fulfillments of the messianic predictions confirm the Bible's claim for itself that it is an inspired book. The Hebrew prophets could not have foretold the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus apart from the inspiration of the Holy Spirit" (p. 8).

He discusses first century Hebraic interpretive methodology: "Longenecker maintained that the New Testament used "midrash" or "pesher" (p. 21).

The OT clearly points to the Messiah for "reading the Old Testament according to its compositional strategies and canonical shape will yield a clear messianic intent ..." (p. 33).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Messianic Hope 2000 Years Later August 30, 2011
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Several years ago, when I was first getting into studying the Jewish Roots of Christianity and the Hebrew Roots of the Bible, I read Zola Levitt's The Bible: The Whole Story. Levitt basically stated that the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) laid out a mystery or detective story of a person who would save mankind and reverse the fall of man that took place early in Genesis. He then walked you though the Bible, starting with Genesis 3:15, and showed how Yeshua (Jesus) fulfilled many of those OT passages during his first appearance on earth.

Interestingly, if Levitt's book could be considered a grade school text on the subject, Rydelnik's book, The Messianic Hope: Is the Hewbrew Bible Really Messianic, is definitely a master's level college text on much the same subject. It is challenging and exciting to read this book. I have read two of these NAC Studies in Bible & Theology, this is number 9 in the series, and they are just excellent. They are complex, but they will take you where few other studies will take you (like the narrow road) and it is well worth the journey.

The premise of this book is to determine whether the Old Testament was written to foretell the coming of a promised Messiah, or whether the texts often credited as foretelling about the coming Messiah are about other things and men who lived at the time of the writing, or both (dual fulfillment). Rydelnik states that there are two main schools of thought about this question and he looks deeply into the two schools.

Rydelnik says, "though contemporary evangelical scholarship continues to recognize Jesus as both Lord and Messiah, they fail to see the importance that Jesus Himself gave to messianic prophecy as proof of His own identity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making Plain Sense of the Latest Academic Nonsense January 24, 2012
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I recently enjoyed reading The Messianic Hope: Is the Hebrew Bible Really Messianic? written by Michael Rydelnik, a Jewish believer in Jesus (Yeshua) and professor of Jewish studies at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. The book is one of the volumes comprising the NAC Studies in Bible & Theology series. (Another highly-recommended book in the series which I recently completed is Future Israel by Barry E. Horner.)

Dr. Rydelnik's main concern is a growing tendency among evangelical scholars to explain Old Testament passages which seem clearly to predict the coming Messiah as not actually referring to the Messiah, but to find complete fulfillment in a local historical figure or situation at the time of the writer or prophet.

I can attest to this trend myself as I've run into my share of Theological Journal articles where I've been dismayed -- no shocked -- to find key Messianic passages of the Old Testament (e.g., Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14; Isa. 9:6-7; Isa. 49) explained away as having no reference to the Messiah by various scholars who purport to be in the evangelical camp. This has become so rampant that I've begun to wonder if some of these evangelicals may have contributed the study notes for the Jewish Study Bible which adopts a predictable anti-Jesus interpretation at every opportunity! As Dr. Rydelnik observes, these evangelical scholars have adopted an interpretive framework for the Old Testament which is essentially that of the liberal critics:

"A hermeneutic that is growing in popularity is the midrash or pesher approach, which asserts that the New Testament understood the Old Testament messianic hope using the interpretive methods of early Judaism . . .
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This is a must for anyone who wants to delve deeper into the Scripture.
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All Hebrew scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching... 2Tim. 3:16. It great for the soul. It shows the. Messianic hope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glad for men who can see the "big picture" and relate it to us!
Dr Rydelnik writes as well as he teaches. Thank you for a "hope" that is grounded in the Old and New Testaments and has revealed how the message of the scriptures both Old... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Vonstance
5.0 out of 5 stars A Much Needed Book
I listened to an interview with the author of this book on the line of fire radio show with Dr. Micael L. Brown. After hearing that interview, I had to read this book. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Peter Pellerin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Annointed One defended!
A very capable defense of the Messiah's revelation, to the modren skepic and adherent. Thank so very much. I love it
Published 22 months ago by Terry
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Dr. Rydelnick is a Jewish Christian who believes in the Messianic Prophecies. In his 206 page hardback book, he shows that the Hebrew Bible is indeed Messianic. Read more
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