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2.0 out of 5 stars The Old Testament in the New Testament, 24 Sep 2010
This review is from: Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament (Hardcover)
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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Initial post: 9 Jan 2012 10:29:29 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Jan 2012 10:31:28 GMT
I think you might need to think about the mismatch between what you've written and the star rating you've given this book! It seems to me that your main criticisms are: i. There are other ways of understanding meaning. ii. The authors represent a particular theological stance (which, you add, is merely a point of identification, not critique) and iii. Understanding the New Testament use of the Old is a fairly esoteric pursuit in the grand sweep of life interests. You then add that the scholarship is thorough. And then you give it 2 stars!! The authors didn't entitle the book, 'The one book that will tell you everything you need to know about the meaning of the New Testament.' Neither did they entitle it, 'the most universally interesting book in the history of the world.' Personally, I would have thought that either i. Your written review indicated a 3 or 4 star rating or ii. You need to come up with some more telling critiques of this volume to justify the 2 stars you gave it.
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