Messiah and the Old Testament Book Review by Nicky
A book review of 'The Messiah in the Old Testament' by Walter C. Kaiser.
# 145341 | 1,679 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 |
Published on Nov 04, 2010 in Religion and Theology (The Bible) , Philosophy (Religion) , Religion and Theology (Christianity) , Literature (General)
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In this article, the writer studies Waler C. Kaiser's work 'The Messiah in the Old Testament'. The writer notes that Kaiser begins his overview by studying the Pentateuch, or the first five books of Moses, and then quickly moves through the rest of the Old Testament with an obvious focus on messianic prophecies. Besides the Pentateuch, Job, the books of Samuel and David as well as the Psalms and the minor prophets are the focus of his analysis. The writer maintains that the strength of Kaiser's account is that it is a very clear viewpoint, with a fairly linear if complex argument. The writer concludes that although a profoundly imperfect and perhaps too short text for the subject it tackles, for readers with an interest in the theological viewpoint of how the Old Testament can be read in dialogue with the New Testament, this book is a good introduction, easy to read, but never 'dumbed down' in terms of the language.
From the Paper:"Kaiser is an academic with an evangelical background, a former professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He currently holds the office of the Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. This background or bias informs all of his critique and analysis of the Old Testament as essentially a `lead up' to the New Testament. The coming promise of the Messiah, Kaiser alleges, is underlined in every book of the Old Testament, and the structure of promise and fulfillment is the architecture through which all of the Old Testament is framed.
"Kaiser begins his overview by studying the Pentateuch, or the first five books of Moses, and then quickly moves through the rest of the Old Testament with an obvious focus on messianic prophecies. Besides the Pentateuch, Job, the books of Samuel and (unsurprisingly) David as well as the Psalms and the minor prophets are his focus of his analysis, an impressively wide swath of material, given the relative brevity of the book which is only 258 pages."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Kaiser, Walter C. The Messiah in the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995.
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