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The Unfolding Mystery: Discovering Christ in the Old Testament

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Seeing Christ in places you may have never seen him before.
Paperback, 202 pages
Published February 1st 1989 by P & R Publishing (first published 1989)
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Dr. Edmund Clowney’s The Unfolding Mystery is a classic text originally published in 1989. It’s only now reaching its second edition which is a shame. Biblical theology is coming into its own on a popular and scholarly level (rightly so) and Clowney well deserves to be heard and read widely. Maybe the circles I previously ran in didn’t value Clowney or were just unaware, but that should be remedied. It’s a text both reformed Baptists, Presbyterians, or anyone seeking Christ in the Old Testament ...more
Mike Walker
If you really like the study of types and shadows this book is for you. Frankly I didn't get that much out of it. That's not to say it's not a good, well-written book. There were moments of exhilaration, but there were also prolonged periods where it felt like an overdose. Like what happens when you read too many proverbs at one time. Perhaps the book was designed to be read slower, meditatively, but its introductory chapters didn't draw me into that mode of reading like some books do. I've been ...more
Aug 28, 2013 Jimmy added it
Recently there have been several books published on the topic of Jesus in the Old Testament. While technically not a new book, P&R will be releasing the 25th Anniversary edition of The Unfolding Mystery on August 28th 2013. In the introduction Edmund Clowney makes the point that it is possible to know a story from the Bible and yet miss the Bible’s story. I agree with Clowney of the importance of seeing the Scripture as a whole pointing us towards Jesus Christ whether prophetically, typologi ...more
It is a difficult thing for many modern Christians to even see the relevance of the Old Testament to their daily Christian life. There are a variety of reasons for this. Biblical higher criticism has rendered a lot of doubts about the veracity of the Old Testament narrative. The way, especially modern, Western individuals learn is a lot more didactic and rote learning than following a narrative. Perhaps the biggest reason why the relevance of the Old Testament is outside the scope of a lot of Ch ...more
Roger Leonhardt
I have heard a lot of good things about Edmund P. Clowney but this is the first chance I have had to read one of his books. It will not be the last.

Here we have a sort of survey of the whole Old Testament. The difference here, than other surveys, is the focus on Christ. The Old Testament was not just written to give us the history of the nation of Israel. It is God's story of “God in the flesh”, Jesus.

Clowney takes us from one event to another and shows us how they relate to the Savior. From Ada
Adam T Calvert
Probably the father of modern Christo-centric preaching, Edmund Clowney is a brilliant theologian as well as a masterful story-teller.

This book in particular is interesting in that Clowney gives you a real sense of how Christ can be seen so clearly foreshadowed in the Old Testament. It's as if the entire Old Testament is pointing to Him! An incredible thought, but this is something that seems to be greatly lacking in modern theology. Yet the New Testament church seems to have seen Christ all thr
This is a pure joy to read. He illustrates how the Old Testament is as much about Christ as the New Testament is. To see this is to grasp a whole new sense of the relevance and excitement of the Scriptures.
This is a real classic.

My only criticism -- the chapters are long and often rambling, with little sense of an organizing principle. While every word in Clowney is golden, and his style is very lyrical and engaging, one wishes he had a better editor to organize the thoughts in chunks they would
Shawn Trautman
An excellent and beautifully written book. Edmund Clowney skillfully takes the reader through the Old Testament, pointing out God's plan of redemption through Jesus Christ. This book not only instructed my mind, but moved my affection for God and His sovereign plan.
Dan Sudfeld
"The Unfolding Mystery" - where have you been all my life?

Frankly, this book was fantastic. It has definitely entrenched itself in my list of "Top Five Books to Supplement the Bible." I now know why Clowney was so formative in Tim Keller's understanding of the story of redemption. I actually went through two highlighters as I read the book.

The subtitle of tells the story of this book: "Discovering Christ in the Old Testament." Clowney does a masterful job of connecting the dots. He showed me ma
Mark A Powell
Tracing the story of redemption through the Old Testament, Clowney explores the ways in which Christ was foreshadowed and revealed. Because God’s purpose and plan have been eternally set, the Old Testament points to Christ just as much (albeit differently) than the New Testament. Clowney avoids over-reaching to find Christ in any or every passage, but skillfully shows where the Messiah is to be found in the Bible’s first 39 books. A solid work, easily recommended.
Excellent book for preparation for teaching Exodus. "It is possible to know Bible stories, yet miss the Bible story." "The purpose of this book is to...offer a guide to the underlying story of all the stories, so that we may see the Lord of the Word in the Word of the Lord." He does that with clarity and great insight. I was moved by the richness of meaning the Old Testament stories lend to the fulfillment in the New Testament.
Jonathan Seger
For anyone wanting to see Christ proclaimed from every page of the Old Testament, you can't go wrong with this book. Ed Clowney has an unusual gift of clarity thru storytelling. Mr. Clowney helped open up a new realm of Scripture to me that I hadn't really tapped into before- that of Christ proclaimed in the OT. Excellent book!

Listening to his lectures on the subject as well. Awesome!
Mike Awtry
An excellent book highlighting the one story of God's redemption and how all the Scriptures point to Christ. This could be a good book for a reading group on reading the OT and understanding Christ from it.
Leslie Fields
It's always fascinating to discover again the unity of the Scriptures, which often feel so disparate and sprawling. But Clowney unveils some surprising passages and key moments in the Old Testament when Christ shows up---in one way or another. (I'm currently teaching this book in an adult class.)
This is the best book I have found that gives the overall story of the Bible. Essential for any theological library. Edmund Clowney is the man!
An excellent book. Shows the way the OT foreshadows the new. Discovers Christ implicit throughout the Old Testament revelation. Very rich.
Nate Crites
Opened my eyes to the picture of Christ and how He is the fulfillment of all things in the Old Testament. Just beautiful.
Claude Graves
Parts of it were really great and insightful, other parts dull and a bit of drudgery to read through.
Cray Allred
Wonderful introduction to Christ-centered biblical theology.
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