Old Testament theology is scary. Plain and simple. When I am afforded the opportunity to preach, I generally do not go rushing to peruse Genesis through Malachi. I usually head straight for the New Testament. Why? Familiarity, comprehensibility, and if I am honest, the New Testament often provides the structure for the sermon. Additionally, I know Greek well, certainly more than Hebrew (which I have no knowledge), so that provides the opportunity to practice translating. However, I cannot avoid the Old Testament forever.
John Walton’s “Old Testament Theology for Christians” is such a book to ease a reader into the Hebrew texts without fear and trepidation. Walton is a trusted author who has guided numerous students through the wilderness that is the Old Testament. This book is one more volume to his already growing list of published works; one that I am certainly willing to recommend. I used a portion of this book for an exegetical paper this last semester, and the ease and comfortability I have with Ezekiel 37 (as much as one can, anyway) thanks to Walton’s help is relieving. I anticipate further comfortability with the theology of the Old Testament as I study into its depths. Thanks to this book, I will no longer avoid the Old Testament like the plague. I hope you will not, either, and instead anxiously and expectantly await the word which God has in store for you in those sacred stories and poems.
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