Book Review: Making Sense of the Old Testament

I finished Making Sense of the Old Testament: Three Crucial Questions last week. It’s a book I read in preparation for some CMIT discussion that is coming up in December and is, obviously, a part of the Three Crucial Questions series from a couple of years back.

The three crucial questions are as follows:

1. What are the keys to understanding the Old Testament?

2. Is the God of the Old Testament the same as the God of the New Testament?

3. How can a Christian apply the Old Testament to life?

I found the book to be a very easy read and a very good look at the Older Testament. There are countless books out there that can go deeper and more in depth than Longman did in this book, but is that always helpful?

When I look at the three questions above, I realize those are the major questions my students are asking about the Old Testament. He answers them thoroughly enough to give an understanding of why the Old Testament is important and still relevant.

I found it to be a great book and I’m looking forward to discussing it with the Interns in December!

Here is a quote that I like to think about when I think about if the Old Testament is still relevant.

Do not think I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

-Jesus

Yeah, Jesus thought the Old Testament was still relevant. So, I guess we should too.

 

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