on 25 May 2013
Recent interest in the theme of the ways in which early Christian writers used their Bible, that is, what we call the Old Testament, have enriched our understanding of the value of the Old Testament for the modern Christian reader. This book covers a range of ways in which the inspired new Testament writers used Old Testament sources. This contributes to our ability to see Holy Scriptures as a single basis for our faith. The book provides a caution against rash and unwarranted liberties with the Old Testament which were sometimes taken by early Christian fathers, and indee also by some modern writers. On the other hand it shows that there are places in which new Testament writers see a 'sensus plenior' in some Old Testament stories where we might miss it. The scope of the book enables us to move towards a balanced approach to Biblical interpretation.
on 28 October 2013
David Gooding has an understanding and reverent feel for the Bible that comes across in every chapter. He explores systematically how the New Testamanet picks up Old Testament allusions and citations and uses their lessons. When Gooding writes it is not just the new insights that strike the reader but the clarity with which he expresses familiar truths. The chapters on applying specific Old Testament passages are perhaps the highlight, especially the Gibeonite incident, though you do have to wait till the end of the book by which time he has worked through the theory. I could have done with more of this. Although Gooding does tackle some problem applications eg Matthew 2v15 out of Egypt I have called my son, perhaps a chapter devoted to difficult applications and how privileged NT writers are in their handling of the Scripture would have been helpful. But anyone wishing to learn more of the Scriptures will lap this up.
on 5 September 2014
Excellent tool to link the OT to the NT and he makes the discussion clear. It is unfortunate that OT does not generally get the study it deserves. This is a must for any serious student and essential for one's library. I love his explanation of the Covenant with Abraham which is unconditional and does not include circumcision. I like his quote on the bottom of page 134 "Faith meant believing God who, when all human resources and effort was shown to be helpless and hopeless, could and would do what he originally promised to do and bring life out of death". His explanation of the role of Melchizedek in Chapter 17 is very helpful. I like his quote on page 221 "Christ thus delivers people from the prison of mere temporal life and gives them here and now a new dimension to life ". Our book club have enjoyed the book so much that that we have decided to study his book on the Acts
on 17 August 2013
This book was recommended to me by a friend and I have no hesitation in recommending it to others. It is possible to be familiar with the Old and New testaments and yet have a very shallow understanding of the relation between the two. Gooding, combining solid scholarship engaging freshness, addresses that issue in depth. Warmly recommended to all who want a deeper understanding of the Bible as a whole