BOOK WATCH: Commentary on the New Testament Use of Old Testament

This November, Baker Academic is publishing what will surely become one of the most helpful and essential works in biblical theolological studies – the Commmentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament.  Many have known this was coming and have been eagerly looking forward to it.   

The publisher explains the focus of the book: “Readers of the New Testament often encounter quotes or allusions to Old Testament stories and prophecies that are unfamiliar or obscure. In order to fully understand the teachings of Jesus and his followers, it is important to understand the large body of Scripture that preceded and informed their thinking. Leading evangelical scholars G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson have brought together a distinguished team of scholars to provide readers with a comprehensive commentary on every quotation, allusion, and echo of the Old Testament that appears from Matthew through Revelation.”

What will make this work so important is it intentional focus on the relationship between the Old and New Testaments.  Thus, one can hope to gain an greater understanding not only of the the development of Christian theology throughout salvation-history, but also of apostolic exegesis (i.e., how the apostles read and interpreted the Old Testament in light of Jesus Christ).  

Those in ministry will find this especially helpful then in better understanding a given passage’s OT background, and so better understanding what it meant during NT times and how one should apply it today.

Given the names of the Commentary‘s contributers, one can expect this to be a first-rate work.  Here is a listing of the contributors to the Commentary:

  • Craig Blomberg (Denver Seminary) on Matthew
  • Rikk E. Watts (Regent College) on Mark
  • David W. Pao (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and
  • Eckhard J. Schnabel (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) on Luke
  • Andreas J. Köstenberger (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) on John
  • I. Howard Marshall (University of Aberdeen) on Acts
  • Mark A. Seifrid (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) on Romans
  • Brian Rosner (Moore Theological College) and
  • Roy Ciampa (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) on 1 Corinthians
  • Peter Balla (Károli Gáspár University, Budapest) on 2 Corinthians
  • Moisés Silva (author of Philippians in BECNT) on Galatians and Philippians
  • Frank Thielman (Beeson Divinity School) on Ephesians
  • G. K. Beale (Wheaton College Graduate School) on Colossians
  • Jeffrey A. D. Weima (Calvin Theological Seminary) on 1 and 2 Thessalonians
  • Philip Towner (United Bible Societies) on the Pastoral Epistles
  • George Guthrie (Union University) on Hebrews
  • D. A. Carson (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) on the General Epistles
  • G. K. Beale (Wheaton College Graduate School) and Sean McDonough (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) on Revelation

Amazon is offering pre-orders at 37% discount.  You probably will not find it any cheaper than that! 

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