A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament: The Gospel Promised



About A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament

Read the Old Testament from a biblical-theological perspective.

Featuring contributions from thirteen respected evangelical scholars, this gospel-centered introduction to the Old Testament will help anyone who teaches or studies Scripture to better see the initial outworking of God’s plan to redeem the world through Jesus Christ.


Miles V. Van Pelt (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Alan Belcher Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, academic dean, and director of the Summer Institute for Biblical Languages at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. He also serves on the pastoral staff of Grace Reformed Church in Madison, Mississippi. He and his wife, Laurie, have four children.


“For expository preachers and teachers of the Bible, this is truly a gold mine. Present and past members of the Reformed Theological Seminary faculty have produced a volume that is long overdue. Sound biblical-theological treatments of each book of the Old Testament, linked with good historical and literary comments, all conclude by pointing to the fulfillment of the texts in the person and work of Jesus. With this volume, no preacher should ever feel that preaching Christ from the Old Testament is too hard or too speculative.”
Graeme Goldsworthy, Former Lecturer in Old Testament, Biblical Theology, and Hermeneutics, Moore Theological College

“For many Christians, the Old Testament is like a thousand pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Where do you start? It helps to look at the box top and see how it all fits together. That’s what these superb teachers of the church do in this insightful book.”
Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California; author, Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story

“In this volume, a number of capable biblical scholars faithfully explore the Old Testament writings with sensitivity and sensibility. They do an admirable job not simply in describing the main themes and theology of each book but also in artfully showing that the Old Testament has a covenantal framework, a kingdom perspective, and Christ at its center. In brief, this is a superb volume, which provides an understandable and informative overview of the Old Testament. A great antidote to an embarrassing ignorance of the Old Testament by Christians.”
Michael F. Bird, Lecturer in Theology, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia; author, Evangelical Theology

“The purpose of this work, ‘to show how the vast, eclectic diversity of the Scriptures has been woven together by a single, divine Author over the course of a millennium as the covenantal testimony to the person and work of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit according to the eternal decree of God the Father,’ is grand in itself. Yet more noble still is the pursuit of that goal through the combined efforts of a great faculty who are honoring the fifty-year legacy of a blessed institution steadfastly committed to the inerrancy of God’s Word and the historic distinctives of the Christian faith.”
Bryan Chapell, President Emeritus, Covenant Theological Seminary; Senior Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois

“A high regard for Scripture as the authoritative Word of God percolates through every chapter of this collection. Moreover, it repeatedly displays flashes of insight into the redemptive-historical outworking of God’s salvation plan for his people. You may not agree with the position of every author, but you will be challenged to seriously consider each carefully crafted essay, all of which are written at a very accessible level. The book achieves an excellent tone in its awareness of the many difficult questions that an honest reading of the Old Testament introduces. These contributors are also sensitive to canonical and literary concerns. Finally, this volume even includes teaching on the ‘prophetic idiom,’ and if you don’t know what that is, then take up and read! I’m so glad that Van Pelt has gathered such an able band of brothers to produce this fine book.”
Bryan D. Estelle, Professor of Old Testament, Westminster Seminary California; author, Salvation Through Judgment and Mercy: The Gospel According to Jonah

“Van Pelt and his colleagues offer every worshiper of Christ a means of drawing out the one story of the King and his kingdom as it runs through the Law and the Prophets. Their analyses of the individual books of the Old Testament reveal the beauty of the whole canon. A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament is intellectually enriching and pastorally faithful, helping the church to grow in love for the Savior through reading the Hebrew Bible. Congregants and Bible students will find great joy in reading their Scriptures with the aid of this work!”
Eric C. Redmond, Assistant Professor of Bible, Moody Bible Institute; Pastor of Adult Ministries, Calvary Memorial Church, Oak Park, Illinois

Table of Contents

J. Ligon Duncan III
Miles V. Van Pelt

  1. Genesis
    John D. Currid
  2. Exodus
    John D. Currid
  3. Leviticus
    Michael G. McKelvey
  4. Numbers
    Michael J. Glodo
  5. Deuteronomy
    John Scott Redd
  6. Joshua
    Daniel C. Timmer
  7. Judges
    Michael J. Glodo
  8. 1–2 Samuel
    Michael G. McKelvey
  9. 1–2 Kings
    William B. Fullilove
  10. Isaiah
    Willem A. VanGemeren
  11. Jeremiah
    Peter Y. Lee
  12. Ezekiel
    Michael G. McKelvey
  13. The Twelve
    Daniel C. Timmer
  14. Psalms
    Mark D. Futato
  15. Job
    Richard P. Belcher Jr.
  16. Proverbs
    Willem A. VanGemeren
  17. Ruth
    John J. Yeo
  18. Song of Songs
    Miles V. Van Pelt
  19. Ecclesiastes
    Richard P. Belcher Jr.
  20. Lamentations
    Peter Y. Lee
  21. Esther
    Peter Y. Lee
  22. Daniel
    Richard P. Belcher Jr.
  23. Ezra–Nehemiah
    Mark D. Futato
  24. 1–2 Chronicles
    Richard L. Pratt Jr

Appendix A: The Seventy Weeks of Daniel 9
Richard P. Belcher Jr.
Appendix B: The Role of Heavenly Beings in Daniel
Richard P. Belcher Jr.
General Index
Scripture Index


Category: Theology
Biblical Studies
Format: Printed Caseside
Page Count: 608
ISBN-10: 1-4335-3346-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-3346-4
Size: 7.0 in x 10.0 in
Weight: 43.38 ounces
Published: May 31, 2016

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