There has, fortunately, been much attention in recent years, to an integrated perspective on the unfolding narrative of Scriptures, and many have written about the unity of the Testaments. The Unfolding Drama of Scripture: Finding Your Place in the Biblical Story by Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen does this as well as any Bible introduction we’ve seen, and it has become our biggest seller in the Biblical studies category.
One aspect of this emphasis is seen in the interest of reading Hebrew Scripture stories in a Christo-centric way; while this can be overdone, the historical-redemptive hermeneutic has been a God-send, freeing Bible readers from moralism and what Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen calls “proof-text poker”Â by placing any ancient episode within the broader canonical context and the ultimate Messianic trajectory. Samples of this for ordinary Bible readers include, for instance, the marvelous books by Iain M. Duguid, and the series offered by P&R called “The Gospel in the Old Testament.”Â Great stuff, inspiring, useful, provocative, and laden with mature insight. There are even books on how to preach in this way, owing much to the innovative work of the late Edmund Clowney.
A related theme is the fascinating work being done on how the New Testament writers used the Old, helping contemporary readers pick up echoes of Older Testament teachings as they appear in the first-century texts. An extraordinary, serious collection of essays on this is called Hearing the Old Testament in the New, edited by Stanley Porter (Eerdmans; $29.00) which we highly recommend it for deeper thinkers. (The chapter by Sylvia Keesmat, co-author of Hearts & Minds favorite, Colossians Remixed, itself a major, creative contribution to this project, is worthy of being read and re-read!)
And now comes, from the amazingly impressive folks at Baker Academic, a defining moment in recent Biblical scholarship, the release of a volume so unique and innovative that one can only thank God that such thinking is being done. We are proud to announce and promote the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament edited by G.K. Beale & D.A. Carson. ($54.99.)
With rave endorsements from scholars as diverse as Richard Bauckham (University of St. Andrews), Karen Jobes (Wheaton College), Scott Hahn (Franciscan University of Steubenville), and Thomas R. Schreiner (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) you can see that this has a conservative tone, and yet is notably ecumenical. It is written by more than a dozen internationally known, top-tier scholars. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the judicious and intelligent efforts that obviously went into this 1200+ page volume. It is a landmark, the most important reference work of the year, and an indication of wholistic and wise thinking in recent New Testament studies. We think many of you will want to have it for reference use, and it would make a fabulous, perhaps unexpected, gift for anyone you know who loves the Bible.
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