When the Apostles turned to their Bible, what was it for them? In clear, accessible style, Gareth Lee Cockerill shows us that it is what we call the Old Testament. More than that, he rescues the Old Testament from the oblivion that some would banish it to. He discusses it with gusto because he believes it is critical for Christians today. Unlike many scholars, he follows what the New Testament told Christians to do with the Old Testament–1 Corinthians 10:11 “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.“–that is, mine its pages for great spiritual treasure! Thank you Mr. Cockerill.
This book succeeds on every level. It accomplishes its goal of reigniting passion for the Old Testament. In reading it you get a good overview or even an Old Testament survey. Even better, you get it without the dryness that some scholars are ever handicapped to write with. As a substantial bonus, and what separates this book from many competitors, there is real application for the Bible student or pastor scattered all along the way. The Charts added real value as well. They actually taught something. I was particularly blessed as seeing the parts and the whole in a better way.
The Appendix on “Why are these books in our Old Testament?” was exceptional. With all the critical questions on the Canon being thrown around today, I can hardly think of a more succinct presentation. He lands where many of us believe. In a small compass you really got the help you need.
I enjoyed reading this volume straight through, now it will find its way onto my shelves for reference when I begin study of a new book. Such books have always proven a great boon to me.
I read this book thinking I wish more scholars wrote this way. On every page I felt that Mr. Cockerill believes– he really believes! That is more of a problem in the scholarly world than some realize. I know he is a respected scholar because he has recently released a major commentary on Hebrews (that makes sense) in the prestigious NICNT series. I want to get that book now too.
A+ all the way here. I recommend it for Bible teachers and pastors, but studious layman can handle it too. Master this volume’s contents and a better Bible understanding you will have.
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2 thoughts on “Christian Faith in the Old Testament: The Bible of the Apostles–A Review”
Thank you for posting this. I used to take notes during sermons for years. I once observed that all the sermons preached within a year’s time were all based out of the New Testament with hardly a reference to the Old. When preachers and teachers put so much focus on John 3:16 and Matthew 28 and have more of an attitude and practice of bringing people into the church to be saved rather than equipping the saints to go out, it produces elementary Christians who never truly grow into the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. After all, wasn’t He there before the foundation of the world? And wasn’t He there throughout history, even before He became flesh?
It is sad that many pastors neglect the Old Testament too. Jesus is in the OT if we will only open our eyes!