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A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament: The Gospel Promised (Van Pelt)

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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.


Table of Contents: 

Foreward -  J. Ligon Duncan III

Introduction - 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.



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