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Reclaiming the Old Testament for Christian Preaching Paperback – October 24, 2010
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"I wholeheartedly recommend this fine book." (Scott A. Wenig, The Journal of the evangelical Homiletics Society., March 2011)
"This is a very useful book that no Christian preacher should be without." (R. Ryan, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 35.5 (2011))
"Given the diversity of the contributors, preachers will find this to be a valuable resource as they seek to be faithful expositors of Old Testament texts." (Michael Duduit, Preaching, May/June 2011)
"I have found that nothing brings greater joy than preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ from the Scriptures of the Old Testament. This masterful collection of essays will help contemporary preachers understand, proclaim and apply all the genres of Old Testament literature with greater depth and clarity." (Philip Graham Ryken, president, Wheaton College)
"There has never been a better time to preach. We have more resources available to guide our understanding of the text than any generation of preachers in human history. But sometimes it feels like we're drowning in information while starving for wisdom. This volume will help create a generation of genuinely thoughtful preachers who can teach people to love God with their minds. It can guide us to preaching that has integrity, power and authority." (John Ortberg, pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, California)
"This book offers a thorough discussion of the various tasks facing the Christian preacher in proclaiming the gospel from the pages of the Old Testament. Particularly unique among recent treatments of this sort is the fact that each of the contributors is a noted Old Testament professor, scholar and proven preacher in his or her own right. Also, each seeks to encounter the gospel not only within the New Testament but from within the Old Testament as well. The contributors are thus much more inclined to look for their answers to Old Testament problems and hermeneutical guidelines from within the Old Testament itself. Also helpful is the example sermon included with each chapter." (John H. Sailhamer, author of The Meaning of the Pentateuch)
"We are fortunate to be studying and preaching on the Old Testament at a time when critical study has produced many approaches to the Old Testament that will aid the preacher. That would have been inconceivable a few decades ago. This volume is a most useful guide to the way those approaches resource preaching on different kinds of texts in the Old Testament." (John Goldingay, David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary)
"InterVarsity Press and the team of pastors and scholars who worked on Reclaiming the Old Testament are to be congratulated on producing a much-needed monograph with some very practical suggestions on how to understand the message of the Old Testament. While not every suggestion will be adopted by all, the conversation is extremely important if we are ever going to get back to teaching and preaching the full counsel of God. Laypersons will profit from reading this text as much as the clergy, for each of the chapters hits on some of the major issues of our day." (Walter C. Kaiser Jr., President Emeritus, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)
About the Author
Grenville J. R. Kent is lecturer in Old Testament at the Wesley Institute, Sydney, Australia.
Paul Kissling is professor of Old Testament and biblical languages and director of research at the TCMI Institute, Austria.
Laurence A. Turner is Principal Lecturer in Old Testament and Research Degrees Director at Newbold College, Bracknell, U.K.
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A large chunk of the Old Testament is narrative, and often when it is preached it is mishandled. Lawrence Turner helps pastors understand the importance of plot in preaching the narrative passages. Paul Kissling likewise focuses in on narrative but with an eye toward preaching on characters. Christopher Wright's work on preaching the law is particularly helpful in understanding the principles which apply to today. Through each chapter of the book every major genre and the major sections of the Old Testament are addressed with the closing chapters providing guidance in how to deal with difficult texts and how to preach Christ from the Old Testament in such a way that one does not butcher the text.
As a preacher I have to be honest that until I read this book I had not given the Old Testament the attention it deserves in my preaching ministry and had thus robbed my hearers of a balanced diet so to speak. This resource has reminded me of the importance of preaching the Old Testament and has helped me to think through how to actually preach the Old Testament in such a way that is faithful to the text and beneficial to the hearers.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.
"Reclaiming the Old Testament for Christian Preaching" edited by Grenville Kent, Paul Kissling, and Laurence Turner is one of those "numerous resources." The purpose of this book is simple: for scholarship in this book to be "accessible" (11) and to offer "practical suggestions on how to understand the message of the Old Testament texts" (ibid.). Note, this is not a commentary. This is, as stated in the introduction, a scholarly book with practical suggestions for Christian preaching.
As one prepares to preach on a text from the Old Testament, an understanding of the genre of the book is demanded. Whether it be narrative, law, prophetic, or apocalyptic, these genres and others are discussed. Found within each chapter is a discussion on literary and theological aspects of the text you are preparing. For example, if you are preparing to preach from the book of Isaiah, you will find a chapter specifically dedicated to Isaiah. If lament is the topic or concern, there is a chapter on lament. The genres found in the Old Testament are covered in this work. The contributors conclude with two chapters addressing the difficult texts of the Old Testament and preaching Christ from the Old Testament. I found both chapters imperative to understanding how to preach from the Old Testament.
I also appreciate the bibliography at the end of each chapter. Sometimes it is labeled as "further reading" which is also helpful. Regardless, at the end of each chapter, the reader is provided a list of resources for further study into a particular text. Along with the bibliography, each chapter concludes with a sample sermon. As one who does not preach from the Old Testament often enough, I found this to be invaluable to the book. The book is worth it simply for these sample sermons.
If you preach every Sunday or once in a blue moon, I hope you pick up this book if anything as a guide to assist you in preparing sermons on the Old Testament. This book will certainly change the lack of preaching from the Old Testament in the pulpit.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from InterVarsity Press. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.