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Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament

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An Exploration of Old Testament Quotations, Allusions, and Echoes Occurring from Matthew through Revelation

"This really is a new sort of commentary! For the first time we are given a continuous exegetical reading of the way each New Testament book quotes, alludes to, and evokes the Old Testament Scriptures. This volume will be an immensely useful resource for all kinds of
Hardcover, 1239 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Baker Academic
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Mar 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Preachers, Bible teachers, or otherwise interested students of the Scriptures
This is not the kind of book I read from cover but rather reference as I come across a passage that I need some help with. That being said, the parts that I have read so far are fantastic! Often times people come across an Old Testament passage in one of the Gospels or an epistle and think that Jesus or Paul are merely "proof texting" (ripping something out of context and hijacking the words to bolster their argument), but this commentary is helpful for realizing that it's not that simple. There ...more
Maxime N. Georgel
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Plus besoin de recommander ce livre, tout simplement une référence que toute bibliothèque théologique doit posséder.
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biblical-studies
What makes this more than just another reference book, another oversize collection of homogeneous material collecting dust on a shelf? First, the editorial introductions, both to the book as a whole and to each book of the Bible, keep the reader aware of method and instill a sense of readability that most reference works lack. Second, the entries are focused enough that the reader actually gets the content he or she is looking for, rather than limp overviews of passages. Third, the entries hit a ...more
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-nf, 5-star
I use this commentary more than any other. One key reason is that D. A. Carson is one of its major contributors and editors, so I know it's expertly done. But the most important reason is: this volume carefully comments in detail on how and why the NT writers use the OT in the manner in which they do. NT writers such as Paul do not use the OT in strictly literal, predictable ways - sometimes, they really throw us for a loop, if you look back to the context of the passage they are using or refere ...more
Wesley Robinson
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read through most of this commentary awhile back when I originally got it. I continually find myself going back and back over the years to it as a reference. This book has a ton of the most important resources and relevant information for reviewing any NT texts that utilize the OT. Since I have been going through Hebrews, a hard book to thoroughly study through, it has single-handedly the best resource I have had for understanding the historical context, cross references, textual issues, etc.

Tyler Cox
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Incredibly helpful! One of the best commentaries out there!
Doug Connell
Excellent reference book for those who already have a bible dictionary or a one-volume commentary; faithful to the broad scope of evangelical scholarship but not so technical that the layperson won’t benefit from it
Andrea Thom
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous university-style text that I use on as as-needed resource that helps link the OT and NT for those who are more academic or teach the Bible.
Sep 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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This book is a must have for every theology professor, pastor, seminary student, or motivated layman in general. This is not a book that enters the debates over how the NT uses the OT, it is just a bunch of cherry-picked scholars offering their commentary on how the NT use of the OT. The scholars are awesome. I was particularly pleased that they got Brian Rosner, quickly becoming one of my favorite exegetes and biblical theologian, to comment on I Corinthians. His thoughts and commentary in I Co ...more
Peter Krol
Sep 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: commentaries
This is an amazing commentary. It's HUGE, and priced well under most comparably sized tomes. I keep this one on my desk at all times for ready reference whenever I'm studying a New Testament book or passage.

I like to read commentaries. I've read a whole bunch. When I study a book of the Bible seriously, I usually read 2-3 commentaries with it.

Unfortunately, I have rarely read a NT commentary that carefully examines OT quotations in their original context. This commentary does just that - for the
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it
This will definitely become one of my main reference volumes for cross-checking OT?NT texts. It is organized in a very easy-to-follow format. Each of the various contributors followed the same format, so the volume feels like the work of one person.

On the down side, many portions of the book seem plagued by Liberal presuppositions. I am forever perplexed by the simultaneous profession of belief in the Doctrine of the Divine Inspiration of Scripture with the constant assertion/assumption that the
May 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Finally finished a 18 month project - read through the commentary as reading throw the corresponding scriptures. Took a while but well worth the effort. This is an excellent commentary that attempts to show the NT use of the OT. Each other follows a basic approach (some more than others) of looking at the Passage: NT Context - OT Context - Use in Jewish Sources/ Judaism - Textual Background/ Matters - Hermeneutic Employed - Theological Use. Commenting on each section as appropriate. It is an fan ...more
May 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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This is probably one of my favorite books in my library. This was the Christianity Today Academic Book of the Year, for 2007. This book tracks every citation or allusion of the OT found in the NT and gives you the following: context of how it was used in the OT, context of how it was used in the NT, any significant manuscript information (whether the Septuagint differs from the Masoretic Text), and how the Jewish rabbis interpreted the passage historically. Each chapter is written by the person ...more
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm marking this book as "read", though I haven't technically "read" it from cover to cover (which, btw, is 1200+ double-columned pages!). What I have read is the introduction and several selections from it as I've needed to reference them. Overall, it's an excellent reference to use for a very specific purpose. It is exactly what the title says, a commetary on how the New Testament uses the Old Testament. The book (the parts I've read and used so far, anyway) is useful and relatively clear, if ...more
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This is a must-have reference for all who study the Bible. Until receiving this book, one of the greatest challenges for me was making sense of how NT writers were quoting the OT. Frankly, I often ignored such passages. Now I realize what wealth of information I have been missing!

Where I used to interpret the OT with the NT, this book has taught me to do the reverse: to interpret the NT with the OT. After all, the NT writers are trying to explain what Jesus and the Gospel are all about with OT
Luke Miller
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Fascinating work. I am consistently floored by how frequently the N.T. authors' use of the O.T. is ignored or dismissed. This book (although lengthy and tedious at times) is an incredible resources for pastors and teachers who want to get a feel for how the Bible fits together. It's like a massive apostolic study Bible. Incredible. I will be referencing this as a regular part of my sermon prep.
Jul 12, 2008 is currently reading it
This is a good start on a great topic - explaining how the New testament writers make use of Old testament passages. They don't often use them in the sense we think they are. THis is a verse-by-verse exhaustive commentary on all NT references to OT passage and some commentary on why it was done and how they are using it. It still in my opinion does not deal with Matthew's tendency to say non-prophetic things were "fullfilled." This is a good start - but more work needs to be done!
May 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I use this book often, one of my 'go to' books no matter where I am studying in the NT... also a great tool when studying in the OT, to see how that OT passage was used by NT authors...

It is incredibly helpful in coming to a right & proper interpretation of Scripture when you see how a passage is used not only in it's context, but in the panoply of the entire Bible.
Jan 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A very scholarly work and an important one for understanding both Testaments of God's Word better. The two editors of this commentary, and many others represented, are a gift of God to the church. I don't believe there are many other commentaries of its kind. One I am glad to have in my reference library.
Michael Babcock
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very good and useful commentary of the New Testament. Of course it is not the only one you'd want to read, but it's strength lies in how the particular passage relates to the Old Testament passages the are either quoted, cited, or alluded to. It helps you to understand how the apostles and early church understood how prophecy and types of the OT were fulfilled by Christ.
Christopher Chelpka
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book contains very detailed examinations of the New Testament's use of the Old Testament. It even describes how those passages are used in Judaism more broadly. The depth often goes beyond what you'll find in other commentaries and is therefore very helpful. I use it often.
Jan 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Excellent resource.
Chad Barnes
May 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
A scholarly, seemingly exhaustive commentary on the the New Testament use of the Old Testament. Recommended only for the serious student of Scripture.
James McAdams
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I say I've read it... I've probably read less than a 5th of it, but that's part of the nature of the book. It's stunning, though!
Wayne Kinde
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: commentary
A fantastic resource and a must-read for anyone who wants to dig deep the NT. This commentary looks at every NT passage that contains an OT quotation (and even allusion). Highly recommend this!
Dennis Mccallum
Real heavy content. I haven't read enough to know what I think about their conclusions.
Job Dalomba
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really good.
Christopher Waugh
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very informative resource! Heavy on the extra-biblical references, but collectively impressive in its overall outlook on the use of the Old in the New.
Jon Sedlak
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An invaluable tool for exegetes
Isaac Barton
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biblical-studies
One of my go-to commentaries.
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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.