- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Crossway (March 31, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433557983
- ISBN-13: 978-1433557989
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“Roberts and Wilson show how the exodus is more than a past event; it is a paradigm that shapes the storyline of the Bible and the life of the believer. The blend of rich biblical theology and beautiful writing will stir the affections of all who long for the Promised Land of the new heaven and new earth.”
―Matthew S. Harmon, Professor of New Testament Studies, Grace College and Theological Seminary
“Alastair Roberts and Andrew Wilson have written a marvelous book. In 160 packed, lucid pages, they explore the exodus, one of the Bible’s main themes from Genesis to Revelation. The authors say that Scripture is musical, and their book will leave haunting echoes of exodus ringing in your soul. Echoes of Exodus won’t just teach you about exodus; it will teach you how to read. In studying it, you will learn to harmonize on the melody of God.”
―Peter Leithart, President, Theopolis Institute; Contributing Editor, Touchstone Magazine
“I treasure books that bring the Scriptures to life, such as this one. This is what biblical theology should look like. This work by Roberts and Wilson taught me a great deal about the Bible and gave me a renewed appreciation for the exodus motif throughout God’s Word. Seminary professors, preachers, Bible study leaders, and others are going to love Echoes of Exodus.”
―Mark Jones, Teaching Elder, Faith Vancouver Presbyterian Church, Vancouver, British Columbia
About the Author
Alastair J. Roberts (PhD, Durham University) is one of the participants in the Mere Fidelity podcast and a fellow of Scripture and theology with the Greystone Theological Institute.
Andrew Wilson (PhD, King's College London) is the teaching pastor at King's Church London and a columnist for Christianity Today. He is the author of several books, including Unbreakable and The Life We Never Expected (with his wife, Rachel).
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I did get a little lost in the book's repeated usage of musical themes and a few points were stretched. But, for a book by a couple of bright young men early in their careers this was an outstanding effort. I imagine they will get much better as they author more books. I look forward to reading them.
I'm reading through this with my wife, one chapter at a time, and it's the best book we've gone through together to bring accessible but engaging reflections on Scripture to spur our discussion and encouragement of one another.
This book is so much more (and other reviews will address that), but this will be a book I quickly and happily recommend to those looking to have something to read through with someone else (spouse, friend, etc.) that unpacks some of the storyline of the Bible.
Grab two copies; you won't regret it.
Alastair Roberts and Andrew Wilson, both bloggers, speakers and capable writers give us in Echoes of Exodus practical insights into finding the exodus theme across the whole of Scripture, not just in the Book of Exodus. Another book with a similar title Echoes of Exodus: Tracing a Biblical Motif by Bryan D. Estelle is almost 400 pages long. This study by Estelle confirms that the thread or theme of exodus is replete in Scripture. The value of this new book by Roberts and Wilson is that it is written with all readers – – from those seeking an overview to mentors looking for another Bible study resource. At 176 pages in length Echoes of Exodus can be used as a personal guide in reading the Bible or as a study guide in a small group setting.
Roberts and Wilson explain how vital the exodus thread is for understanding the Bible. Near the beginning they state that...
The exodus is central to the Scriptures, central to the gospel, and central to the Christian life. Whatever book of the Bible you are reading, and whichever Christian practices you are involved in, echoes of the exodus are in there somewhere.
That focus made plain in Echoes of Exodus helps us see several important characteristics of the Bible.
The thread of the exodus helps us move away from a tendency to compartmentalize Scripture or to over-categories its narrative structures (such as is common to Dispensational theology).
By enjoying the exodus theme in both the Old Testament and New Testament we can see that these two chunks of Scripture have more in common than not. We can see how the key exodus threads in the OT run into and are amplified in the NT. We see sub-narratives throughout that add rich color and vibrancy to the key threads in the Bible’s meta-narrative. Getting these benefits will brighten your grasp of the Scripture’s meaning when it was written and its meaningfulness for us now.
The threads of the exodus in Scripture give us a greater appreciation for who Christ is in all of Scripture. Roberts and Wilson ably demonstrate how all these fascinating metaphors, motifs, events related to exodus create longing for the ultimate exodus in Christ. He brings us home.
This emphasis on tracing redemption theme in the exodus are not new. N. T. Wright has portrayed the exodus thread many times in his books and talks. Roberts and Wilson help us dig into Scripture for ourselves and find these gems in its opened pages. You will find that uncovering the exodus threads will be more than adding information on top of information you already know. The exodus is Scripture is deliberately placed throughout to bring us into revived life in Christ – individually and corporately. “The point is this: metaphors have great power to fashion the way we conceptualize things…” (loc 128).
For more information about Echoes of Exodus you can download a sample at the Amazon page or in whatever you use for reading. The publisher Crossway has an authors page and preview which includes an excerpt you can download. Recently one of the authors Alastair Roberts gave a helpful talk on 10 key ideas about the exodus theme we can find in the Bible.
Alastair J. Roberts (PhD, Durham University) is one of the participants in the Mere Fidelity podcast and a fellow of Scripture and theology with the Greystone Theological Institute. Roberts has a key role in teaching Davenant Institute. He will we leading in important discussions this Summer on Christian wisdom.
Andrew Wilson (PhD, King’s College London) is the teaching pastor at King’s Church London and a columnist for Christianity Today. He is the author of several books, including Unbreakable and The Life We Never Expected (with his wife, Rachel).