Belcher, Richard P.
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For many Christians today, the Old Testament is difficult to understand, seems outdated, and has questionable relevance. But, as Old Testament scholar Michael Barrett points out, all Scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit and we must read it by faith, seeing that Christ is the key to unlocking the Old Testament’s message.
With great knowledge of and contagious passion for the Old Testament, the author shows readers how to identify basic characteristics of Christ and where to look for Him throughout the Old Testament. The author challenges us: “God’s promise throughout the Bible is that those who seek Him will find Him. Beginning at Moses and ending with Malachi, we want to be on Christ alert.”
Table of Contents:
Part 1: Whom to Look For
1. Jesus the Messiah
2. The Person of Christ
3. The Work of Christ
Part 2: Where to Look
4. Christ in the Covenants
5. Christ in Person
6. Christ in His Names
7. Christ in Word Prophecy
8. Christ in Picture Prophecy – Explained
9. Christ in Picture Prophecy – Illustrated
10. Christ in Song
Michael P. V. Barrett is vice president for academic affairs, academic dean, and professor of Old Testament at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“Beginning at Moses reminds me of the palpable energy of Dr. Barrett’s lectures. In those lectures I saw the combustive effects of a deep devotion to Christ, careful exegetical attention, and a finely tuned theological mind. Readers will sense the same dynamic running through these pages from beginning to end. Jargon free and absent any scholarly bravado, Beginning at Moses is a gift to Christian readers. Marcionites beware! You’ll find no safe passage here. Jesus Christ stands over the whole of the Christian canon and claims it as His own.” — Mark S. Gignilliat, professor of divinity, Beeson Divinity School
“This book is well-written, thoroughly biblical in its approach, and presents Christ Jesus as the key to understanding the Old Testament and all Scripture. It focuses on Christ Jesus—the coming Prophet, Priest, and King—who will fulfill all Old Testament promises and expectations, especially that all nations will be blessed through the redemption that He purchased. This book will help scholars and laymen alike. I recommend this useful book.” — Russell T. Fuller, professor of Old Testament, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"I have read Dr. Michael Barrett's Beginning at Moses with sheer pleasure. I think it is the best book of its kind, one that meets an urgent need for many Christians. Here a profound Old Testament scholar writes for the common man and shows us how to mine the greatest treasure of the ancient Scriptures - their testimony to the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. All who are serious about uncovering the central message of Scripture, from the experience preacher to the newest believer, will find Dr. Barrett an excellent teacher who makes difficult things understandable in an eminently readable style. I heartily recommend this book." — Dr. Alan Cairns, Faith Free Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC
"Dr. Barrett has produced a book that will be a blessing to every Christian who reads it. his years of study have enabled him to mine the depths of the Old Testament and to present to his readers in a logical and easily understandable manner the treasure that is to be found there in the person of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Beginning at Moses is an effective guide to lead any student of the Scripture, whether layman or preacher, to the riches of Christ in the Old Testament." — Dr. Robert Taylor, Dean College of Arts and Science, Bob Jones University