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The Scriptures Testify about Me: Jesus and the Gospel in the Old Testament by [Carson, D. A.]
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D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1978. He is president of the Gospel Coalition, and has written or edited nearly 60 books including Scandalous, Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor, and The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.

Alistair Begg served two churches in his native Scotland before answering the call in 1983 to become senior pastor at Parkside Church in suburban Cleveland, OH. A graduate of the London School of Theology, he has written several books and is heard daily on the national radio program Truth For Life.

MIKE BULLMORE, Senior Pastor, Crossway Community Church, Bristol, Wisconsin

Matt Chandler is the lead pastor of The Village Church, a multi-campus church in the Dallas metroplex of over 10,000 people. His sermons are among the topselling (free) podcasts on itunes and he speaks at conferences worldwide. Prior to accepting the pastorate at The Village, Matt had a vibrant itinerant ministry for over ten years where he spoke to hundreds of thousands of people in America and abroad about the glory of God and beauty of Jesus. He lives in Texas with his wife, Lauren, and their three children: Audrey, Reid and Norah. 

TIMOTHY KELLER is founder and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York. He is the best-selling author of The Prodigal God and The Reason for God

James MacDonald (DMin, Phoenix Seminary) has committed his life to the unapologetic proclamation of God's Word. He is the founding senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel, one of the fastest growing churches in the Chicago area, reaching over 13,000 lives each weekend. Through James's leadership and by God's grace, a church-planting ministry was formed in 2002, Harvest Bible Fellowship, which has planted more than 85 churches across North America and around the world. James also teaches on Walk in the Word, a daily radio broadcast committed to "igniting passion in the people of God through the proclamation of truth." James is the author of several books including Lord Change My Attitude, When Life is Hard, Always True, Vertical Church and most recently, Authentic. James and his wife, Kathy, have three adult children and make their home in suburban Chicago. You can find out more about James and his ministries at WalkintheWord.com.

CONRAD MBEWE, Pastor, Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia; author, Foundations for the Flock

R. Albert Mohler Jr. (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the ninth president of Southern Seminary and as the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology. Considered a leader among American evangelicals by Time and Christianity Today magazines, Dr. Mohler hosts a daily radio program for the Salem Radio Network and also writes a popular daily commentary on moral, cultural, and theological issues. Both can be accessed at www.albertmohler.com.


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  • Publisher: Crossway; 1 edition (April 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 15, 2013
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By Michael C. Boling on May 27, 2013
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"You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life." (John 5:39-40)

Far too often, believers center their study of Scripture solely on the New Testament, viewing the Old Testament as something of a by-gone era. This approach is unfortunate as all of Scripture is inspired by God and perhaps more importantly, a full understanding of Jesus and the scarlet thread of redemption that runs throughout Scripture can only be truly obtained by reading the front of the book. The gospel message is one established before the foundation of the world thus a proper study of salvation contained in the gospel message has to begin where the story of God's interaction with humanity begins, namely in the Old Testament corpus.

Dr. D. A. Carson has edited a book containing the transcript of eight addresses from the plenary session of the 2011 The Gospel Coalition Conference. In these addresses, a number of theological leaders address the importance of understanding Jesus from the pages of the Old Testament in order to more fully grasp the events and message contained in the New Testament. Men such as Dr. Albert Mohler, Dr. Tim Keller, Dr. Alistair Begg, Dr. James McDonald, Conrad Mbewe, Matt Chandler, Mike Bullmore, and Dr. D. A. Carson, engage this topic with great elucidation and theological insight helping the reader more fully understand the Messianic patterns and statements found throughout the Old Testament. While every chapter in this book is excellent and well worth reading, I will focus on the addresses of Dr. Mohler, Dr. Keller, and Dr. Carson for purposes of this review.

In his address, Dr.
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As D. A. Carson establishes in the preface, this book is not a how-to manual on reading the Old Testament, nor is it a reference book on Old Testament quotes in the New Testament. He admits that rather than being a comprehensive overview, it's more of a toe-in-the-water exploration of a few Old Testament passages that testify about Jesus. The material is taken from the eight plenary addresses given in April 2011 at the national conference of The Gospel Coalition in Chicago. Seven pastors from various denominations and cities were each assigned a different Old Testament text to exposit using a gospel lens. I appreciate the diverse range represented in the text selection.

In the introductory essay, R. Albert Mohler Jr. addresses some of the most common misreadings and misuses of the Old Testament today. Although I enjoyed this essay, it doesn't provide clear enough direction for the reading of the rest of the book. It doesn't make any definitive, unifying claims in response to the implicit questions posed by the book's title, which are: How does the Old Testament testify about Jesus? What is the gospel in the Old Testament?

Every essay was presumably supposed to answer these questions, but I feel that not all did so adequately. There were good insights scattered here and there, but overall, I was disappointed. In the chapter "When You Don't Know What to Do" on Psalm 25, for example, Christ seems to be merely a dispensable add-on to the author's interpretation of David's prayer; his line of argument goes something like this: "David prayed to God, and Jesus is God, so Jesus is in this passage." I thought that the point was to show how Jesus specifically--the second person of the Trinity--is central to the text, and deeply embedded in it.
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The essence of Christianity is the divinity of Jesus and the oneness of Himself, His Father and the Holy Spirit. Since Jesus' death and resurrection, Satan has orchestrated the attack on Jesus' divinity in a multitude of ways - including the insidious notion that Jesus was, somehow, an afterthought of God and some sort of 'Plan B' to restore His creation. That's absurd! The plan for Jesus was established before the creation itself, The stars in the heavens testify to His lineage, His birth, His birthplace and His death on the cross. Jesus was not an afterthought. Therefore, if Jesus was always part of God's unfolding of His revelation to mankind and redemption of His creation, the OT surely testifies to that fact - through the giving of the Law and the testaments of the prophets. And it does!

This small edition is meant to peel some scales from eyes blinded by modern culture, misinterpretations of the OT and mischaracterizations of God. There is much more to be read about this broad subject but this volume will get your mind back on track [if it was momentarily derailed or side-tracked].
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By SLIMJIM on November 27, 2013
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This book is based upon the national conference for the Gospel Coalition in 2011 in which the topic was on how to preach Jesus and the Gospel from the Old Testament. I purchased this book because of the name D.A. Carson, who was the editor; I also wanted to see how other preachers expound on Jesus from the Old Testament. The quality of each chapter was mixed—depending upon the contributor. The two chapters that stood out were the first and the last one. Al Mohler begins the book by laying the foundation concerning studying the Scriptures and finding Jesus. Mohler’s chapter was basically an exposition of John 5:31-47. D.A. Carson wrote the last chapter on Melchizedek in Psalm 110 and he did a superb job of illuminating our understanding of Jesus fulfilling in Psalm 110 in light of antecedent theology and later revelation in the book of Hebrews. I thought Carson’s contribution was a good example of an exposition on the Old Testament pointing towards Jesus with careful biblical theology. It is an example for other pastors and teachers to emulate. Personally, the weakest chapter in the book was by James MacDonald. MacDonald’s treatment on Psalm 25 seems to me to be more of a running commentary; even then I felt I learned more about MacDonald but not necessarily of how Psalm 25 bears witness to Jesus. Some of the chapters I think some of the preachers could have done a better job connecting the dot to Jesus. I was expecting the book to have more emphasis on the Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament pointing towards Jesus. Overall an edifying read.
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