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Preaching the Wisdom Literature,
This review is from: The Beginning and End of Wisdom: Preaching Christ from the First and Last Chapters of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job (Paperback)
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Most pastors have parts of Scripture they prefer and parts they avoid. It may be personal preference, or because they find some books too difficult, or maybe even irrelevant. By maintaining a log of what's been preached, they can see what's been neglected. Douglas O'Donnell is convinced that the poetic books are largely being ignored by preachers, and he wants to put a stop to this neglect. I found him preaching to the choir a bit; I have always enjoyed preaching these portions of Scripture, especially Ecclesiastes.
I think it was Spurgeon who said he announced his text then headed toward the Cross. Finding Christ in the Old Testament wisdom literature is necessary to relate former truth to a New Covenant perspective, but also because Christ is there, present in the principles. O'Donnell shows that one need not force a Christology of the Old Testament, but simply be aware that it is there, and to bring it out.
This book is a very practical help in proclaiming the truth of the wisdom literature, complete with helpful sermon series breakdowns, sample sermons, and lots of notes. But I'd have two copies of this helpful book--one in the pastor's study, and another in the church library, since laity can also richly benefit from this excellent study.