Read this one in seminary, but was helped to review and read some sections more closely. Other than his argument against a Covenant of Works, his sche...moreRead this one in seminary, but was helped to review and read some sections more closely. Other than his argument against a Covenant of Works, his scheme of covenant throughout the entire storyline of Scripture is incredibly insightful. I do think his unwillingness to recognize a covenant of Works in Adam does undermine his understanding of New Covenant, especially with Paul. And it's quite unclear, then, how the theme of "covenant" relates particularly to anything before Genesis 8-9. This is the one weakness of the book, which I would say the other books in the NSBT series make up for.
It's a bit technical in places to simply hand to lay leaders or lay elders in your church, unless you did the work of marking out selections in order to not discourage readers who may not be up to date with current discussions around covenantal nomism and source criticism. (less)
Leithart is always a fascinating read. Very clear writing—so winsome. This isn't an exhaustive survey of the gospels (see Carson & Moo, or Blomber...moreLeithart is always a fascinating read. Very clear writing—so winsome. This isn't an exhaustive survey of the gospels (see Carson & Moo, or Blomberg). But Leithart gives us a sense of the gospels that stick. This is classical, theological writing that reflects on the text. His exegesis flows (though, sometimes questionable) from his reflections, not the other way around.
Leithart is one of the best writers in evangelicalism. He has very simple prose, but very beautiful. It is a delight to read. Very pastoral and very hard to put down. He allows you to taste the truth as it foes by.(less)
This is a very good addition to the NSBT, edited by Don Carson. It has helpful insights for matters of interpretation and gives good fodder for preach...moreThis is a very good addition to the NSBT, edited by Don Carson. It has helpful insights for matters of interpretation and gives good fodder for preaching and teaching the book for spiritual growth. Lot's of good thoughts on the Mission of God in the OT through Israel and how it relates to the NT, spirituality, and conversion. All of these issues are debated and Timmer brings balance to much of the discussions - as do most of the volumes in this series.
Timmer brings up helpful reflections on the relationship of God with Jonah, the sailors, and Nineveh (the only 4 characters in the book). Also, the reader is helped in understanding God as gracious and compassionate, which helps put the whole Bible together.
The only discouraging thing was the lack of interaction with how the Gospels mentioned Jonah - either the "sign of Jonah"(Matt 12:39, 16:14; etc,) and how it relates to Jesus (Matt 12:41) and the resurrection (Matt 12:40). It would have been helpful to see him help preachers and interpreters work through those passages with the context of Jonah in mind.
Other than that one qualification, I liked the book a lot and enjoyed very much the writing style and accessibility. (less)
Schreiner has made a very complex subject just a little less complex. No one should be fooled into thinking that he has dumb-downed very complex probl...moreSchreiner has made a very complex subject just a little less complex. No one should be fooled into thinking that he has dumb-downed very complex problems. That would not serve anyone and be helpful at the end of the day.
Instead, Schreiner has taken very complex questions in bite-sized form. So each chapter is about 2-3 pages (most anyway) or about 1,000 words. He is not exhaustive when arguing for his point, but he is very precise and getting straight to the point with his argument. So you get the feeling that he has not said everything that could be said, but he has made his point and given his evidence.
The question, then, is "Does Schreiner have enough space in each of his chapters to be persuasive?" For most scholars, that may be an issue, since wordiness and imprecision is common. But Schreiner is anything but wordy. He's very too the point and years of scholarship has probably given him the ability to sift through the dross of wondering comments. The end result is clear and persuasive answers to most (if not all) the questions most Christians have about the Law. The bonus feature to this book is that Schreiner is a pastor and preacher at heart, so he has a way of poking at his readers assumptions about the Bible and God.(less)
I'm all kinds of happy with this book. I've either liked or loved all of Keller's books. But this one is my favorite. It carries all of Keller's popul...moreI'm all kinds of happy with this book. I've either liked or loved all of Keller's books. But this one is my favorite. It carries all of Keller's popular themes: justice, idols, gospel critique of religion, and worldview challenge. But they are all brought out from the text of the Gospel of Mark. The strength of this book is that it helped me trust in and love Christ more. Also, it's a wonderful example of reading the gospels. It's a wonderful book to read for devotions or hand to a skeptic. (less)
The title of Christopher Wright’s book - Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament - triggers the thought of expositional magic work or creative thinkin...moreThe title of Christopher Wright’s book - Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament - triggers the thought of expositional magic work or creative thinking rather than careful and critical exegesis. Yet, it is exactly the careful reflection of Wright over the Old Testament texts that brings light to the person (and even the work) of Christ so that the reader may have a clearer and fuller knowledge of him. Wright profoundly shapes the identity of Jesus Christ through the very same means that the Gospels use - the Old Testament.(less)
So far, its good. The pre-existence of Christ in the Synoptics is not a topic I am enthusiastic about, since I think all of Scripture supports this cl...moreSo far, its good. The pre-existence of Christ in the Synoptics is not a topic I am enthusiastic about, since I think all of Scripture supports this claim. But it is helpful since Gathercole is approaching this topic with presupposition that Matt, Mark, and Luke use a historical-redemptive reading of the OT and Paul's high pre-existent christology for their accounts. Gathercole always has funny little remarks throughout his guild-language that keep the tone easy.(less)