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on 1 October 2009
`Commentary on the New Testament[`s] Use of the Old Testament' is a great resource `devoted... to the study of the NT text as it quotes and alludes to the OT text' (from the Introduction).

Like more conventional commentaries, this work is divided into chapters which each deal with, in order, a single NT book; and each chapter is further subdivided into sections discussing (usually) a selection of consecutive verses.

However this format is not followed by all the contributors as `the editors [Beale and Carson] have allowed adequate flexibility in presentation... [because of] the astonishing variety of ways in which the various NT authors make reference to the OT'. While all the articles seek to answer the same basic questions regarding context and interpretation, how each author achieves this varies significantly though none is necessarily `better' or `worse' than any other.

The text itself is printed in two columns per page (like a traditional Bible), which I find really helps the eye follow the text in large format books. The use of bold indented titles or chapter/verse headings with dainty little side and under-linings for each main section make for easy navigation; and one or two articles make use of very simple (but occasionally large) tables. At the end of each chapter there is an absolute monster bibliography: for instance, for Luke alone it stretches to nearly 11 solid pages of small, footnote-size fonts.

At first glance then, this book may not seem like a `usual' commentary and the concept of emphasising how the NT uses the OT is not `usual' either. However, once you get reading a passage you feel the book quickly assumes the familiar genre of a biblical commentary, though it's comments are also quickly seen to be deeper and fuller than many other commentaries.

The variety and flexibility that the editors encouraged has made for very different reading experiences: for instance, I am most familiar with D. A. Carson and I. Howard Marshall as authors (perhaps because I've got so many excellent IVP publications?!). Howard Marshall contributed the article on Acts and I found this to be easier to read than some of the others. This may be because he dispenses with several of the technical issues at the beginning of the article which allows the main text to flow more freely. Conversely, there are one or two other pieces which I found, on occasion, to be prohibitively technical and complex, especially when dealing with direct comparisons of Greek and Hebrew translations.

When I saw this title (actually advertised by the Logos Bible study people) I was stunned that such a concept had reached fruition. It's a fabulous achievement that will prove to be hugely useful in my studies. (I imagine the digital version would be most convenient, particularly for copy-and-pasting.) This book is large and comparatively demanding, I suppose, but I have a passion for the OT, and especially to right (what I perceive to be) a heavy NT bias in all things Christian. This will be a wonderfully useful tool for helping to correct that imbalance: and with over 1200 pages, it's not too expensive either.
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on 25 November 2008
The Holy Spirit long ago inspired a commentary on the Old Testament, and was even kind enough to leave us with a copy (it's the New Testament, of course!)

Every NT reference to the OT, allusion, and rather a lot of links that are probably not in the text can be found in this compendious volume, and is treated with the kind of scholarship you'd expect from the chaps involved.

Every exegete and pastor should have this and use it every time they teach on the OT.
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on 11 June 2009
This book fills a much needed gap in Biblical Studies. The New Testament is fundamentally based on the old and is rife with allusions and references to the Old. Any, any, Scholar, Pastor and Preacher would benefit greatly from this book, it is one that should sit alongside your Bible when studying the New Testament. It will produce a richness of understanding that will cause the heart, mind and soul to embrace the text.
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on 12 January 2012
A very useful book compiled by well respected theologians. I found this very useful for an essay and can foresee it being very helpful for preparing sermons and by anyone who wish to quickly research the OT-NT connections in a verse or passage. Well worth the space on your bookshelf.
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on 29 July 2012
I have been using this volume for more than 2 years and I would say it is a must-read for everyone who wants to understand how the New Testament writers used and understood their Scriptures we call the Old Testament now. It definetely helps to study the New Testament.

The book provides more information than its title promises for many extrabiblical (Mishnah, Talmud ...) texts are used.
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on 30 May 2013
Excellent commentary on how the Old Testament is relates and is used in the New Testament! Highly recommended to every gospel-centred student of Scriptures.
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on 21 July 2014
Excellent book with as much or little detail as you like because it's divided into sections. Anyone who preaches should get it.
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on 24 September 2010
If digging into the meaning and significance of quotations from the Old Testament in the New Testament is your line this may be for you, but be aware that it is mostly the work of conservative biblical scholars in the USA and the result of what you would expect. That is not to question the scholarship so much as to identify it. Your first surprise may be how many such quotations there are, mostly in the gospels and Acts; your second the thorough way in the scholars go about their work in contrast to the superficiality of many commentators over the last century. Preachers and teachers in particular would do well at least to take on board what they say but at the same time to remember that it is only one way of determining meaning and needs to be set alongside other methods
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