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"During the last four decades, not a little serious work has been undertaken to understand better how the New Testament cites the Old. Quite a lot of it was written by Greg Beale. Here, however, he keeps the student in mind and provides an introduction to the subject, complete with helpful bibliographies, useful illustrations, and step-by-step demonstrations of how to think through these issues. Not only seminary students but also pastors committed to expository preaching will be hugely thankful for this important handbook."
--D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"In his Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament Professor Beale has provided readers with a guide that complements his magisterial New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New as well as the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, which he and several colleagues produced. What we now have is a complete package: commentary, theology, and a very concise handbook that shows us step by step how this important work is to be done."
--Craig A. Evans, Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia, Canada

"This handbook provides readers with a wonderful overview of key issues in and tools for the study of the use of the Old Testament in the New. I expect it to become a standard textbook for courses on the subject (as it will be for mine) and the first book to which newcomers will be directed."
--Roy E. Ciampa, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

"This volume fills a gap by providing serious students of Scripture with a helpful tool for interpreting Old Testament citations and allusions in the New Testament. Beale's magisterial grasp of the subject enables him to present a complex and technical yet intriguing subject in such a way that mere mortals are equipped to engage in the study of the New Testament use of the Old Testament on their own."
--Andreas J. Köstenberger, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Greg Beale has distinguished himself throughout an illustrious teaching and writing career with his work on the relationships between the testaments. Fresh from producing his magnum opus, a New Testament biblical theology that is thoroughly informed by such uses, Beale here provides a much more manageably sized distillation of the main issues involved in understanding the New Testament's use of the Old Testament."
--Craig L. Blomberg, Denver Seminary

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G. K. Beale (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the coeditor of the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament and the au
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801038960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801038969
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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When it comes to the study of hermeneutics the New Testament use of the Old Testament is one of the most controversial areas. Central to the swath of differing interpretations is the idea of continuity and discontinuity between the testaments and the definition, nature and use of typology and allusions.

There is perhaps no one else on the contemporary scene who is known for their studies on the NT use of the OT than G.K. Beale. In 2007 Beale and D.A. Carson released a co-edited book Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament. This book has no doubt set an example on how to understand this important topic. Along these lines, Baker published Beale's new book New Testament Biblical Theology, A: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New. In this book readers saw a stellar defense of what is essentially an amillennial interpretation of the NT. Agree with it or not, Beale provides a compelling model and case for how the NT uses and interprets the OT and how that should inform our understanding of the OT's intent. Among other things, the primary basis for Beale's understanding of the NT's use of the OT is that there is a high degree of continuity between the testaments and that typology and allusions run rampant throughout the NT text. While Beale does tip his hat to some of the hermeneutical pillars of his understanding of the NT use of the OT in the introduction to this book, for those who have read or are reading this work and would like a more detailed description of the criteria by which he makes the hermeneutical decisions he does the wait is over.
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In a title by G. K. Beale, Baker Academic's "Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament" sets out to provide hermeneutical guidance for a consistent interpretation of New Testament citations and interpretations of Old Testament passages. This review is based on the ebook, released 1 SEP 2012, ISBN: 9780801038969.

G. K. Beale's task seems incredibly ambitious. The publisher's summary, at first glance, gives the impression that Beale has developed a checklist for the interpretive method, somehow managing to create a unifying theory of interpreting the diverse uses of the Old Testament in the New. However, this is not exactly what Dr. Beale proposes. He promises to present an approach that will provide cumulatively better insight into the meaning of God in Scripture. Although not likely to find a warm welcome among traditional dispensationalists, it should be of great appeal to those in the Reformed camp.

He does not seem to defend "original intent" so much from what the *original authors* intended, but more so of a broader and fuller examination of how God used the OT setting to enhance or emphasize a point made in the New Testament *through* the human author. In this way, Beale is not advocating a new, revised, updated approach, solely devoted to literal, historical or grammatical methods, but expert guidance on how to read those Old Testament references to glean as much insight, with as much integrity to the text as possible.

After establishing his theological presuppositions and thorough presentation of the idea of typology, the author proposes a "nine-fold approach" in practicing careful analysis of the text in question. His interpretive approach is presented in a thorough and thoughtful manner.
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Beale’s “Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament” was an incredible read! My understanding of how to read the NT authors has grown tremendously from this book.

Beale begins his book justifying a modern biblical interpreter’s ability to interpret the Bible in the same way the NT authors did. He even claims that the idea that the apostle’s method of interpretation being invalid for today because of their position is birthed out of postmodernism.

Beale gives methods of interpreting NT quotes, allusions, and echoes of the OT. A quick summary of Beale’s hermeneutic for reading OT quotes would “examine the OT context.” Beale then goes on to give a few examples of this.

In order for Beale to fully explain NT author’s views of fulfilled prophecy (such as Matthew 2:15 from Hosea 11:1), he must spend much time explaining typology and allegory. Unfortunately though, I felt like this took up a majority of the book.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. This is a must read for any Bible student/scholar. However, be warned, this book mostly covers the topic of typology. Though Beale does an incredible job at this I really feel like he simply gave an overview of a lot of things I had already thought through. Also, his explanation of how NT authors quote the OT is very simple and concise. For the size of this book it is incredible! However, I wish Beale had doubled the page numbers and gone into more depth.

Overall this book simply met my expectations and nothing more and for this I give it 3 out of 5 stars.
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