Book Alert: Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament

Tim Brister —  September 19, 2007 — 1 Comment

Title: Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament
Editors: G.K. Beale and D.A. Carson
Publisher: Baker Academic
Release Date: November 7, 2007
Pages: 1152
Format: Hardcover
ISBN 10-digit: 0-8010-26938
ISBN 13-digit: 978-0801026935
Retail Price: $54.99
Table of Contents: No
Intro: No
Sample Chapter: No

From Baker Academic:

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 to provide readers with a comprehensive commentary on Old Testament quotations, allusions, and echoes that appear from Matthew through Revelation. College and seminary students, pastors, scholars, and interested lay readers will want to add this unique commentary to their reference libraries.

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Contributing Authors:

Craig L. 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. Kostenberger (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) on John
I. Howard Marshall(University of Aberdeen) on Acts
Mark A. Seifrid (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) on Romans
Roy E. Ciampa (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) and Brian S. Rosner (Moore Theological College) on 1 Corinthians
Peter Balla (Karoli Gaspar Reformed University, Budapest) on 2 Corinthians
Moises Silva (author of Philippians in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) on Galatians and Philippians
Frank S. 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 H. Towner (United Bible Societies) on 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus
George H. 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 M. McDonough (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) on Revelation

Initial Thoughts:

This commentary is a massive contribution to an equally important issue.  How did the human authors of the New Testament understand the Old Testament texts?  What was their hermeneutical approach to Scripture?  Is there continuity or contradiction in their understanding of OT texts?  What significance does their treatment of the Old Testament have on our appreciation and understanding of the Old Testament today?  These are but a few important questions we must ask ourselves as we seek to develop a fully integrated biblical theology that takes into account the full canon of Scripture.  There is the temptation to think that this book is just an academic book with an academic price for an academic library.  But don’t be mistaken!  Every Christian who prizes God’s Word and seeks to understand it better will profit from this commentary.  It hopes to serve as a rich resource for Bible students of all sorts, from professor to pastor, leader to layman.   I eagerly look forward to delving into the 1152 pages of scholarship provided by this impressive list of contributors.

Endorsements:

“This really is a new sort of commentary! For the first time we are given a continuous exegetical reading of the way each New Testament book quotes, alludes to, and evokes the Old Testament Scriptures. This volume will be an immensely useful resource for all kinds of study of the New Testament.”
Richard Bauckham, professor of New Testament Studies and Bishop Wardlaw Professor, St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews

“Finally a volume that surveys the use of the Old Testament in each book of the New Testament. Written by top-tier scholars with unsurpassed expertise in New Testament exegesis, these essays model sound engagement with Scripture that quotes Scripture. This excellent collection is a must-read for all who wish to understand how the New Testament writers understood and used their Bible. This long-awaited volume deserves to become a standard text that will hopefully launch a new stage of fresh work in biblical research.”
Karen H. Jobes, Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor of New Testament Greek and Exegesis, Wheaton College

“More than a generation ago, C. H. Dodd and a few other scholars began sowing the seeds of a new and fruitful approach to reading Scripture, by studying the New Testament writers’ use of Old Testament texts. The present commentary thus represents the harvest of decades of research into the relationship between the Old and New Testaments. By carefully observing various factors, ranging from the textual to the theological, each contributor shows how the New Testament writers were not only careful readers of the Old Testament but also profound theologians themselves. The scholars on this superb team assembled by Beale and Carson distill many new and remarkable insights for exegesis and theology, all of which serve to demonstrate the explanatory power of this approach for the present and the future. This landmark volume should prove to be an invaluable resource for both the church and the academy–for pastors, teachers, and students alike, whether Protestant or Catholic–and for anyone wanting to go deeper into the heart of sacred Scripture. Indeed, Beale and Carson are to be thanked and congratulated for a momentous accomplishment.”
Scott Hahn, Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation, St. Vincent Seminary; professor of scripture and theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville

“Every scholar would profit by having a copy of this thorough and judicious work on his or her desk. The authors have collected for us an immense amount of material and insight in a relatively short space, and many of us will be grateful for their efforts. This commentary is a profound witness to the unity of the Testaments in the mystery of Christ.”
Francis Martin, Cardinal Adam Maida Chair of Biblical Studies, Sacred Heart Seminary

“Finally we have a work that examines the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament and covers the entirety of the New Testament in a single volume. Pastors, students, and scholars will profit from the careful attention to both the Old and New Testament contexts in which the citations occur, and they will be enriched by the theological depth represented in this important book.”
Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Few areas of New Testament study are as often discussed as the New Testament’s use of the Old. There has long been a need for a careful case-by-case treatment, since the use we see in the New Testament is so varied and diverse. This commentary meets that need admirably. It is thorough yet concise, clear yet detailed. All will be led into helpful reflection on this important area of study. Well done to the editors and authors of this useful and unique commentary.”
Darrell L. Bock, research professor of New Testament studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

“There has been a great need for a comprehensive study of the New Testament’s use of the Old Testament. This arduous task has now been accomplished by very competent New Testament scholars, resulting in an excellent reference work. It is well thought out and the style makes it easy to use; a must for every serious student of the Bible.”
Harold W. Hoehner, distinguished professor of New Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary

“Beale and Carson have given us a volume that will certainly become a standard for all serious Bible readers, ministers, and scholars. We are in their debt. As a preacher, I would especially encourage other preachers to use this volume in honing their understanding of God’s Word and in leading their congregations to better understand the Old Testament, the same Scriptures that Jesus taught his disciples. I’m even planning on using this to help select appropriate Scripture readings for public services.”
Mark Dever, pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC

Additional Related Resources:

D.A. Carson: The Use of the OT in the NT Part One, Part Two, Part Three (MP3)
Tom Schreiner: OT and NT: Contradiction or Continuity? (MP3)
New Testament Use of the Old Testament (Theopedia)
New Testament Use of the Old Testament by Roger Nicole
The Old Testament in the New Testament (BEDBT)
The Divine Warrior: The New Testament Use of an Old Testament Motif by Tremper Longman III
The New Testament Use of the Old Testament by Robert L. Thomas (PDF)

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One response to Book Alert: Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament

  1. I am excited about grabbing this one. It looks extrememly helpful. Good lookin’ out.

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