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Messiah in the Old Testament, The Paperback – August 21, 1995
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- ASIN : 031020030X
- Publisher : Zondervan Academic; Revised ed. edition (August 21, 1995)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780310200307
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.38 x 0.63 x 7.94 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #437,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm a seminary student and this was required for reading for class. Kaiser's treatment of Messianic prophecies in the OT is more of a "reference manual" than it is a book; thus it was a bit exhausting to read. Kaiser considers in total 69 OT texts to be explicitly Messianic and makes a point of spending two-three paragraphs on each one. So one can see the read as "exhausting" to sit down and launch through a dozen texts in one sitting.
Kaiser supports his claims from a Dispensationalist bent. This review is not the place for the dispensation-covenant debate, but readers should know this about him before coming in (especially with this subject matter).
It may stay on my shelf, but I wouldn't be surprised if I sold it at a later point. Knowledgeable guy, just hard to follow his logic and writing in this specific work.
The first chapter deals with the question of "messianism" thus clarifying the rest of the book. Then chapters two to nine deal with the messiah in the history of redemption starting with the Pentateuch and ending with the post-exilic prophets.
The conclusion in chapter ten deals with three final issues: "exegesis, biblical theology, and Jesus" as well as the question of continuity and discontinuity between the Old and New Testaments and finally "prediction and fulfilled prophecy."
There are two appendices giving charts listing the Old Testament prophecies.
Some scholars will disagree with Kaiser's translation and subsequent interpretations of messianic statements. One example of this is found in Genesis 9:27: "May God enlarge Japheth, and let him dwell in the tents of Shem..." Kaiser interprets this, "the meaning of Genesis 9:27 is God's announcement that his advent will take place among the Shemites, later known through the Greek form of their name as Semites" (45). However one understands this text, it will be good to look at Kaiser's reasons for his interpretation.
This reviewer highly recommends working through this book in order to have a purview of messianic doctrine and thus build a biblical theology of the Messiah.
Dr. Kaiser focuses on reading the Scriptures in a "single meaning," sense.
"Let us begin by admitting that the nontraditionalists have been justified in their insistence on the two criteria that must be used for interpreting prophecies: (1) the meaning of the OT references to the Messiah must reflect the author's own times and historical circumstances, and (2) the meaning must be a meaning that is reflected in the grammar and syntax of the OT text. To deny these two working hypothesis introduces pandemonium into the interpretive process. -Page 23"
Using this methodology, he traces various Messianic prophecies and promised throughout the Tanach. He begins his book with an overview of studying the Messianic texts in the Tanach. The remainder of The Messiah in the Old Testament is arranged based on the Tanach itself; the Pentateuch, the Davidic Monarchy, the Psalms, the ninth and eighth century Prophets, Isaiah, the seventh and sixth century Prophets, and the postexilic Prophets are each covered in their own sections. Any one of these pieces could be made into a book in it's own right, so each chapter is necessarily something of an overview, only diving deep where there is significant controversy or some interesting detail to interact with.
The strongest arguments here come in relation to Noah's prophecy in Genesis 9:27, Abraham's faith in Genesis 22, and Isaiah's prophecy of the child to come by a virgin.
In the case of Noah, Dr. Kaiser concludes that this prophecy can only refer to the Messiah because of the context surrounding the prophecy. No other reading makes sense. In the case of Abraham's faith, Dr. Kaiser argues that Abraham understood the meaning of the Akedah because God revealed it at that time --that Abaraham's statement that he would return with Isaac is a clear indication that he understood resurrection. Finally, in Isaiah's prophecy, Dr. Kaiser shows that a virgin is in view, not just a young woman, and that Isaiah would have clearly understood the near meaning as a sign of the far meaning, rather than as a fulfillment of the prophecy.
Overall, this is an interesting and enlightening defense of the connection between the Tanach and the New Testament. It is complementary to Dr. Kaiser's other work in this area, rather than strictly overlapping. Highly recommended.
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Although written by a scholar with academic authority this book is easily accessible to the enquiring lay person and comes with references.