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Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: A Contemporary Hermeneutical Method Paperback – July 13, 1999
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At this point one may seem skeptical to ask if he is suggesting that preachers should read Christ into OT texts that were not historically about Christ. He addresses this both historically and methodologically with a firm no.
The thought of the book progresses smoothly and naturally. The first four chapters of the book are an historical survey of preaching Christ throughout Church history. This survey focuses in on the Patristic and Reformation periods.
In the last four chapters, Greidanus turns to a viable methodology for preaching Christ from the OT. For Greidanus, (who is firmly anchored in Dutch Reformed covenant theology), Christ is the center of all of the history of remption to which all the OT institutions and events ultimately pointed.
The work is both timely and provocative. It is sure to challenge any average preacher, especially those who deliver a steady diet of New Testament based sermons.
Greidanus does an excellent job of critiquing numerous pitfalls that the preacher might encounter in preaching the OT, especially those that would insufficiently address the text itself (i.e. using the text as a 'pretext' to skip to some other idea) or the more deadly error of ignoring the centrality of Christ in the sermon. Along with St. Paul, Greidanus exhorts the reader to be constant in preaching Christ crucified, and that generically 'God-centered' preaching is not enough. The task of the preacher is to specifically show how the fulness of God's self-revelation and salvation is found in Christ Jesus.
So in order to prepare the preacher for this great task, Greidanus provides an excellent review of major preachers/theologians in the history of the church, to see how they preached Christ from the Old Testament. As the author comes from a Calvinist background, I think he misrepresented Luther slightly, but overall he gave a fair and balanced critique of the preachers. He did critique Calvin's 'theocentric' method of preaching as insufficient. AFter his examination of historical preachers, Greidanus sets out at length to show positive methods for preaching Christ from the OT while remaining faithful to the text. He provides several sound approaches and shows step-wise how to apply each method. He offers samples on both easy and harder texts for preaching Christ in the OT.Read more ›
Greidanus, professor of preaching at Calvin Theological Seminary, blends hermeneutics and homiletics to help pastors work out their commitment to Christ-centered preaching. First, he demonstrates the necessity of preaching Christ and preaching from the Old Testament (chs. 1-2). He then surveys the instructive but rather checkered history of christological interpretation as expressed in preaching from apostolic to modern times (chs. 3-4). The theoretical foundation of the book which follows is a well-illustrated treatment of seven biblical ways in which the testaments are united in Christ (chs. 5-6). These are the ways of redemptive-historical progression, promise-fulfillment, typology, analogy, longitudinal themes, New Testament references, and contrast. He concludes by laying out a 10-step process for the construction of Christ-centered sermons and invites the student into his study (so to speak) to work through the process with six separate messages (chs. 7-8).
Given the challenges of interpreting the Old Testament christologically and the temptations to engage in man-centered preaching, pastors desperately need encouragement and help to address the Church and world today with genuine Christ-centered, biblical preaching.Read more ›
... to provide seminary students and preachers with a responsible, contemporary method for preaching Christ from the Old Testament. A secondary, but no less important, aim is to challege Old Testament scholars to broaden their focus and to understand the Old Testament not only in its own historical context but also in the context of the New Testament (xii).
He argues that this book is "not merely for the general category of God-centered preaching but for the more specific category of explicitly Christ-centered preaching" (37).
Chapter One, entitled "Preaching Christ and Preaching the Old Testament." Greidanus outlines the necessity of preaching Christ and well as the rationale for Christian churches to preach from the Old Testament. Griedanus outlines how the Old Testament brings forth redemptive history leading to Christ as well as shedding light on the New Testament itself. "Every Christian church today needs to hear the Old Testament for its function of teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness, as well as for the hope it brings and the instruction it offers for `salvation through faith in Christ Jesus' (2 Tim 3:15)"(26).
Chapter Two, entitled "The Necessity of Preaching Christ from the Old Testament," Griedanus laments the profusion of human centered preaching from our pulpits, especially in relation to the Old Testament.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This might be the best text I've ever read on preaching. Greidanus does a wonderful job of giving a brief historical outline of Christocentric preaching for 4 major preachers... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Chris
I am still currently reading through this book for a theology class at my church. It's very easy to read and I'm getting a lot out of this book on how to preach Christ from the Old... Read morePublished on May 8, 2014 by RunGreg
Greidanus assumes that modern preachers are still being trained in classic liberalism in reading and interpreting the Bible. Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by Timothy Mills
I recently finished reading Sidney Greidanus' book Preaching Christ from the Old Testament. This book was a fascinating analysis of the problem of preaching Christ from the Old... Read morePublished on September 12, 2013 by William Sandell
Well written, easy to understand, helpful. A good reference work to return to time and again when preaching or teaching from the O.T.Published on July 29, 2013 by Frederick A. Jory
I wasn't able to get into this book, unfortunately, though I tried. It made me feel like you needed to be an Astro-Physicist to preach Christ from the OT. Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by The Beetle
If you desire to understand God's revelation of Himself deeper, read Preaching Christ From The Old Testament carefully. Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by Harold L.Scott