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Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament: Exegesis and Interpretation

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This concise guide by a leading New Testament scholar helps readers understand how to better study the multitude of Old Testament references in the New Testament. G. K. Beale, coeditor of the bestselling "Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament," focuses on the "how to" of interpreting the New Testament use of the Old Testament, providing students and past ...more
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Published September 1st 2012 by Baker Academic
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Craig Hurst
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
When it comes to the study of hermeneutics the New Testament use of the Old Testament is one of the most controversial areas. Central to the swath of differing interpretations is the idea of continuity and discontinuity between the testaments and the definition, nature and use of typology and allusions.

There is perhaps no one else on the contemporary scene who is known for their studies on the NT use of the OT than G.K. Beale. In 2007 Beale and D.A. Carson released a co-edited book Commentary on
G.M. Burrow
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good hermeneutical principles, but dang, SO MUCH PASSIVE VOICE. So many dead constructions. It was like he didn’t want this book to be read, or that if it had to be read, heaven forbid that it be enjoyed!
Aaron Ventura
Intro level book to Beale's hermeneutical methodology. Decent.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent and helpful review of Beale's methodology. Four stars because at times I think the focus on links with Jewish and rabbinic sources goes a little too far, given that Scripture is given to God's people, not God's people who happen to be scholars in ancient literature. So, knocking off a star for that chapter, the rest of the book is exceedingly helpful on how to think about the way a New Testament author uses an Old Testament verse.
Samuel Bierig
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THE STANDARD. That's just fact and simple, y'all.
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
G. K. Beale provides a fine compact introduction to the subject of the title. In particular, the book explains the methodology that went into the much larger Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament which Beale co-edited with D. A. Carson. Intended also as a how-to manual, the book explores the challenges in the task at hand, then how to discern when the NT is in fact quoting or alluding to the OT, and next offers a multi-step approach to interpreting the OT in the NT. A compendi ...more
Josh Pannell
Mar 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Beale's "Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament" was an incredible read! My understanding of how to read the NT authors has grown tremendously from this book.

Beale begins his book justifying a modern biblical interpreter's ability to interpret the Bible in the same way the NT authors did. He even claims that the idea that the apostle's method of interpretation being invalid for today because of their position is birthed out of postmodernism.

Beale gives methods of interpreting NT
Guillaume Bourin
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent volume! G.K Beale unveils his methodology to identify and analyse the use of the OT by NT authors. Chapters 2 and 3 alone are worth the price of the book, and the bibliography is particularly useful (although not comprehensive, according to Beale). A must-read for any serious student of the New Testament!
John Yelverton
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
There are some handbooks/instruction manuals that assume you know everything about the subject anyway, and there are others that walk you through the paces step by step. This was, sadly, a case of the former. What was said was important, but it's easily lost through the feature dump of technical specs that the author just assumes you already know.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This book annoyed me because the author spends the first part of the book discussing analytical methods that assume a lack of active participation by the Holy Spirit in biblical interpretation. The explanations given for when the Apostles cite sources not according to these rules sound like a varying series of cop-outs as a result. He stated that authors "misuse" OT references then makes excuses for why this is OK for them (but not for us, as we apparently don't have the same Holy Spirit and can ...more
Simon Wartanian
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very well written book by Dr. GK Beale. He is known to have written one of the best commentaries on the book of Revelation and he is also known by his extensive work on the use of the OT in the NT.

This book provides the methodology that was used in Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, which he edited together with DA Carson. It is very helpful and it shows a very diligent study of the Word of God. Some of the stuff is very difficult for average students like me. Like searc
Hany Abdelmalek
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This short volume expounds Beale’s interpretative methodology of understanding the way New Testament writers used Old Testament Text. It serves as a guide to Bible students, who are interested in this important topic. In the first chapter, Beale introduces the reader to some of the most important debates among scholars about the use of the Old Testament in the New
Chapter three is the heart of this handbook; Beale introduces his interpretative methodology of understanding the way N.T. writers us
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very helpful resource - outlines reliable techniques steps of enquiry, and attitudes (which Beale is clear to say are not necessarily all hand and fast, and won't always yield results), and a number of helpful case studies.

This is really a true HANDBOOK - it's to set up the diligent, studying preacher/pastor as they orient themselves to the text; it's not a collection of examples or an outline of Beale's favoured hermeneutic. I would probably diverge from Beale on a few hermeneutical things, b
Joshua Reichard
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A short helpful book on understanding the Bible’s use of itself. I have always wanted to read something about how the NT uses the OT and Beale does a great job at giving his readers the ability to figure out hard texts on their own. He is clear, concise, and informative. The most helpful section is his second to last chapter where he does what he is writing about but to fully appreciate it one must first understand his book.
Braley Chambers
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
I’m not one to typically rate a book based on its entertainment value, but this is an exception. This is the most dry book I have ever read, and that includes my Greek/Hebrew grammars I had to read in seminary. The content is solid but Beale is just not a good writer at all.
Tyler Brown
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a step-by-step guide to Beale’s approach to classifying OT citations in the NT. It’s the method behind his beloved Commentary on the NT use of the OT. It is helpful, but most of it is obvious if you read the fuller work.
Noah Nevils
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I did not, as the four stars suggest, 'really like it', but I think it deserves that many. It is good for what it aims to be, aside from the poor quality of the writing.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a Christmas present. It was an interesting and useful read. I will be re-reading and referring to it again!
Marc Sims
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Principles in here are great, especially the segment on typology in chapter one and the principles in chapter three. But it is a good reference book, kind of a dry read-through.
Timothy Decker
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great intro into this difficult field. I'd use this as a textbook!
Nick Miller-Katenkamp
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
An interesting subject that was not the most interesting read. Nothing against the book, just didn't capture my attention
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Super practical. Helpfully laid out, step by step, and teaches you the why and how of studying the OT in the NT.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book for those who are wanting to understand the methodology for investigating the New Testament's use of the Old Testament.
Nathan Parker
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
A useful overview on how to study the New Testament's use of the Old Testament. The work contains sound practical advice and wisdom.
John Rimmer
Oct 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: nsa-mfa-books
Full of great info and methodology, kinda like how a Haynes manual is full of info and how-to for fixing your car. Unfortunately it reads a bit like a Haynes manual too.
Jamie Thomson
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-religious
This book started its life as a set of notes for the contributing authors of the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament (edited by G.K.Beale and D.A. Carson) so that they could treat the passages in question in the style that was expected of them. After the publication of that volume, Beale updated and expanded the notes for publication. The result is an almost comprehensive guide on how to interpret Old Testament quotations and allusions in the New Testament. Beale gives a nin ...more
Ethan Harris
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In a title by G. K. Beale, Baker Academic’s “Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament” sets out to provide hermeneutical guidance for a consistent interpretation of New Testament citations and interpretations of Old Testament passages. This review is based on the ebook, released 1 SEP 2012, ISBN: 9780801038969.

G. K. Beale’s task seems incredibly ambitious. The publisher’s summary, at first glance, gives the impression that Beale has developed a checklist for the interpretive method
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it
A useful - albiet rather lifeless - introduction to the interpretation of Vetus Testamentum in Novo. This text would be a helpful textbook for a class on the Old in the New, and Beale is certainly an expert in the field. The need for a book like this is simple: 1 in 22.5 verses in the NT directly quote the OT, and there are heaps of allusions and canonical echoes beyond this. In order to correctly interpret the NT, we must understand how it receives and interprets the OT. Beale is a lucid thinke ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
As the title suggests, a handbook filled with principles and suggestions as to how to understand the way the NT uses the OT.

This is a shorter work which often refers to a much larger book by the author, a commentary on the use of the OT in the NT. To that end the discussions set forth the principles without as many examples. The examples that are used illustrate the principles well.

The main strength of the book is its systematic presentation of principles by which to first determine what sort of
Jeff Bjorgan
Mar 20, 2013 rated it liked it
As a handbook, a resource to pull off the shelf while needing some help on a sermon or an academic paper, the book is very helpful. I particularly appreciated the chapter on the primary ways the New Testament uses the Old Testament as a resource. Beale also provides a wealth of information when it comes to other sources one can use when studying this subject and finishes the book with an example of his methodology that he lays out in chapter two.

I did wish that the book was more readable; noting
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G. K. Beale (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the coeditor of the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament and the author of numerous books, including A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New.

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“One writer has counted 295 separate quotations of the OT in the NT (including quotations with and without formulas). These make up about 4.5 percent of the entire NT, about 352 verses. Thus 1 out of 22.5 verses in the NT incorporates a quotation.” 0 likes
“An “allusion” may simply be defined as a brief expression consciously intended by an author to be dependent on an OT passage.” 0 likes
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