Friday, December 6, 2013

Book Review: What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About

Book Review: What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus’ Bible 

Edited by Jason S. DeRouchie 


As most hard covers published by Kregel the book is laid out beautifully and in full color; although some shaded boxes used a font that was much too thin and small making them difficult to read.

The Preface seemed to promise a canonical approach to the text with an emphasis on Christological fulfillment; however, the expected links between the writings in the order of the Hebrew canon are missing from the analysis. Now, it may be that the editor understands “canonical” in a different way than, say, Sailhamer. The Christological work is OK, but could have been more thorough.

As Survey’s go, the book is not bad. I don’t think there’s anything ground-breaking in the volume and some authors do a better job than others. I would recommend this survey to those that are still using popular or entry-level materials like Henrietta Mears’ What the Bible is All About; I assure you, you won’t go back to it once you read this tome. For those that want something more in-depth, a good Introduction would be much more beneficial.

3/5 Stars

Disclosure: The book was received for free from Kregel Academic book review program. The program does not require a positive review, only an honest one.