7 Places We Find Jesus in the Old Testament

Jeremy Bouma on 5 months ago. Tagged under ,,,.

9780310536543From beginning to end, the Bible reveals the glory of Jesus. But for many Bible readers, it isn’t that simple.

While we know Jesus is the fulfillment of the Jewish story and we want to better understand how the two Testaments relate, we’re often unsure how the Bible’s many stories, characters, and events relate to each other—especially to Jesus. Some are tempted to force the Bible’s many pieces together, making superficial jumps from the Hebrew Scriptures to Jesus’ story. But most are left wondering:

Does Jesus and his story connect to the Old Testament? If so, where is Jesus in the Old Testament? How does the Old Testament inform our understanding of Jesus—his life and teachings, death and resurrection?

Christ from Beginning to End answers these questions, helping Christians better understand how to…

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How to Read the Bible in Context

Jeremy Bouma on 5 months ago. Tagged under ,,,,,.

9780310536543The Bible is not just any book. It is God’s Word to us, given using a number of literary genres, through the stories of a cast of rotating characters, and over the span of a few thousand years.

So how do we read such a book? 

This question is important when picking up any document, from paperback to newspaper. You wouldn’t read a historical novel on WWII the same way you would a nonfiction historical account of the same time. And we read the newspaper’s front page differently than the opinion-editorials (or at least, we ought to read them differently).

How, then, should we read the Bible? It starts with context.

In Christ from Beginning to End, authors Trent Hunter and Stephen Wellum outline six different contexts—three specific, three general—to…

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What Is the New Covenant?

Jeremy Bouma on 6 months ago. Tagged under ,,,,,.

“You must read the book with X-ray eyes, for it is an essential part of your apprehension of any book to grasp its structure.”

9780310536543Mortimer Adler’s timeless instruction from his little book How to Read a Book is helpful for understanding the greatest, most read book on the planet: the Bible.

If you were to X-ray the Bible, you would first notice a four-plot structure: creation, fall, redemption, new creation. However, “if we want to see with finer details and understand what shapes the Bible’s deeper structure,” Trent Hunter and Stephen Wellum explain in their new book Christ from Beginning to End, “we need to grasp something called a covenant” (54).

Who God is and how he acts pivots around this word covenant, because “the Bible is…

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