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.