- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: P & R Publishing; Second edition (August 16, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596388927
- ISBN-13: 978-1596388925
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 61 customer reviews
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"Dr. Clowney's admirable treatment should be greatly valued. . . . Expect your heart to be stirred, as well as your head cleared." --J. I. Packer
"This wonderful book is both a fitting legacy for [Clowney] and an inspiring introduction to his work for a new generation of Christians." --Iain M. Duguid
"Edmund Clowney has guided thousands of readers along the same path through the Old Testament on which Jesus led [two downcast disciples], replacing shattered dreams with confident joy." --Dennis E. Johnson
About the Author
Edmund Clowney was an influential pastor, theologian, and educator, both in church settings and several leading seminaries. The author of acclaimed works such as The Unfolding Mystery, Dr. Clowney completed How Jesus Transforms the Ten Commandments shortly before his death in 2005.
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Edmund Clowney, a former professor and President of Westminster Theological Seminary has attempted to assist the average Christian to see the relevance and vital importance of the Old Testament in even understanding who Christ is and what he is about, and why that is relevant to the daily lives of today's Christian. In short, Clowney is attempting in this book of just less than 200 pages, to show how what is known as Covenant theology, is fleshed out in the narrative of events that took place thousands of years ago.
In relatively short chapters, Clowney tells of the stories of the creation, the fall of man, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, and David. The starting off point for Clowney's narrative is that Jesus himself used these stories to tell others who he is and what he is about throughout his earthly ministry. A strength of a good theologian is his ability to take ancient stories from other places and cultures, place them in the context of what Jesus was saying about himself, and then to coherently and simply sum them up for the use and teaching of modern people. Clowney writes clearly and with a desire to not only teach knowledge, but to encourage and strengthen the faith of modern Christians in integrating what God has been saying about himself for centuries, and including today's believers as a part of that narrative.
This is a fine effort at explaining what especially the Old Testament history is trying to say, and its relevance to Christian teaching, particularly through the lens of Covenant theology, though that term is never used in this book. The writing is quite well done and it is not too complex, which may be a relief for a Christian who wants to open up more of the Bible, but has not the background for that. This book is recommend, for its purposes, without any reservation.
This is a real classic.
My only criticism -- the chapters are long and often rambling, with little sense of an organizing principle. While every word in Clowney is golden, and his style is very lyrical and engaging, one wishes he had a better editor to organize the thoughts in chunks they would hang together. This made it difficult to adapt to an adult c.e. series, when I did that 5 years ago.
BTW -- if you liked this book's Christo-centric approach, try Charlie Drew's Ancient Love Song (2001) which is better organized. For preaching see Bryan Chapell's Christ-Centered Precahing (1997).