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  • M Taylor posted an update 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    In a day and age when the Old Testament seems to be overlooked a lot in preaching, teaching, and study, “Wisdom For Faithful Reading” by John Walton is a great read for anyone wanting to learn more about the Old Testament. Around 225 pages, many relevant topics covered include:

    – 4 fundamental concepts for interpreting scripture.

    – 5 principles for faithful interpretation.

    – Evidence is the foundation for correct interpretation.

    – The Holy Spirit’s role in Old Testament interpretation.

    – God’s purpose for creation.

    – The role of the Torah in Old Testament interpretation.

    – The Psalms and prayer.

    – The role of prophecy in the Old Testament.

    – 5 tendencies to avoid in Old Testament interpretation.

    – Getting the big picture of the Old Testament.

    After reading the book, here’s what I like:

    – While categorized as an academic title, the book is interesting and relatively easy to read and understand.

    – Covers a very important topic that seems to be overlooked in a lot of churches.

    – Very good FAQs.

    – Helpful appendix and scripture index.

    – Appropriate for personal study and preparing messages & lessons on the Old Testament.

    Read and recommended.

    I was given a review copy by IVP in exchange for a fair review and appreciate the opportunity.