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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 pastThis 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 pastors with many of the insights and categories necessary for them to do their own exegesis. Brief enough to be accessible yet thorough enough to be useful, this handbook will be a trusted guide for all students of the Bible. "This handbook provides readers with a wonderful overview of key issues in and tools for the study of the use of the Old Testament in the New. I expect it to become a standard textbook for courses on the subject and the first book to which newcomers will be directed to help them navigate through these sometimes complex waters."--Roy E. Ciampa, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary...

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

  • Aaron Ventura
    2019-06-10 23:22

    Intro level book to Beale's hermeneutical methodology. Decent.

  • Josh
    2019-05-29 02:42

    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.

  • Rich
    2019-06-08 03:20

    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 compendium of various ways the NT uses the OT follows, then a chapter on the presuppositions of the NT writers, a survey on utilizing the Jewish backgrounds, and finally a case study.Particularly welcome is Beale's incorporation of the conversation to date on how the OT uses its own earlier materials (inner-biblical exegesis) - a topic well traversed by biblical scholars over the past 25 or so years, but perhaps not as well known among many pastors or those engaged in practical missions where the OT comes into significant focus (e.g. missions to Jewish people).Some students will delve right in and apply Beale's multi-step approach. Others may benefit from taking a class where this serves as the text, with hands-on exercises and interaction with professors and other students.The bibliographies throughout are a sure guide to anyone who wants to pursue the topics in more depth.While not everyone will agree with Beale's listing of the presuppositions shared by the NT writers in approaching the OT - and Beale recognizes this - this is an extremely helpful introduction to the subject. Warmly recommended!

  • Josh Pannell
    2019-05-22 22:23

    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 quotes, allusions, and echoes of the OT. A quick summary of Beale's hermeneutic for reading OT quotes would "examine the OT context." Beale then goes on to give a few examples of this.In order for Beale to fully explain NT author's views of fulfilled prophecy (such as Matthew 2:15 from Hosea 11:1), he must spend much time explaining typology and allegory. Unfortunately though, I felt like this took up a majority of the book.Overall I really enjoyed this book. This is a must read for any Bible student/scholar. However, be warned, this book mostly covers the topic of typology. Though Beale does an incredible job at this I really feel like he simply gave an overview of a lot of things I had already thought through. Also, his explanation of how NT authors quote the OT is very simple and concise. For the size of this book it is incredible! However, I wish Beale had doubled the page numbers and gone into more depth.Overall this book simply met my expectations and nothing more and for this I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

  • Kim
    2019-06-03 03:40

    This an excellent companion to the reference book written by Greg Beale and D.A. Carson on the topic of how the Old Testament is used in the New Testament. Beale presents his approach to the use of the OT in the NT, not only showing how to determine an OT reference/allusion, but the steps involved with evaluating the use. I found his discussion on typology very helpful.

  • Guillaume Bourin
    2019-05-20 20:39

    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!

  • Craig Hurst
    2019-06-04 02:30

    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 the New Testament us of the Old Testament. This book has no doubt set an example on how to understand this important topic. Along these lines, Baker published Beale’s new book A New Testament Biblical Theology. In this book readers saw a stellar defense of what is essentially an amillennial interpretation of the NT. Agree with it or not, Beale provides a compelling model and case for how the NT uses and interprets the OT and how that should inform our understanding of the OT’s intent. Among other things, the primary basis for Beale’s understanding of the NT’s use of the OT is that there is a high degree of continuity between the testaments and that typology and allusions run rampant throughout the NT text. While Beale does tip his hat to some of the hermeneutical pillars of his understanding of the NT use of the OT in the introduction to this book, for those who have read or are reading this work and would like a more detailed description of the criteria by which he makes the hermeneutical decisions he does the wait is over.Baker has now published Beale’s Handbook on the New Testament use of the Old Testament: Exegesis and Interpretation. While some would have rather seen a more exhaustive treatment of the subject, Beale is clear that “the purpose of this handbook is to provide a short guide to the use of the OT citations and allusions in the NT.” (p. xvii) As a handbook, as opposed to a more detailed study, Beale is more general in his assessments of thoughts and a lot of the content is taken up with surveying the various views within the field of NT use of the OT. It is the guidelines laid out in this book that served as the basis by which all the contributors to the Commentary on the NT use of the OT followed.Fundamental Issues in Interpreting the NT use of the OTFor Beale, there are two main and foundational issues that need to be brought to the fore in order to effectively understand how the NT uses the OT. First there is the issue of continuity between the testaments. Central to this issue is deciding “whether the NT interprets the Old in line with the original OT meaning.” (p. 1) Even a cursory reading of just the OT quotations in the NT brings the attentive reader to ask how did Paul or the others authors get such and such conclusion from that OT passage? This is a question everyone’s method must answer. After surveying various answers to this question Beale concludes “that NT authors display varying degrees of awareness of literary contexts, as well as perhaps historical contexts, although the former is predominant.” (p. 12)The second foundational issue is that of typology. Defining typology is of great importance because it can determine what and how much of the NT is typological. Beale defines typology as the following:"The study of analogical correspondences among revealed truths about persons, events, institutions, and other things within the historical framework of God’s special revelation, which, from a retrospective view, are of a prophetic nature and are escalated in their meaning.” (p. 14)This definition is long but helpful as it rightly includes several elements: analogical correspondence, historicity, a pointing-forwardness/foreshadowing, escalation and retrospection (p. 14). Lest some think that typology cannot be listed under the umbrella of exegesis since it seems to fall out of the parameters of authorial intent Beale says the following:"Typology can be called contextual exegesis within the framework of the canon since it primarily involves the interpretation and elucidation of the meaning of earlier parts of Scripture by later parts…..the expansion of the database being interpreted does not mean that we are no longer interpreting but only that we are doing so with a larger block of material." (p. 25)For some this may be stretching it in order to make ones conclusions about the text fit just so they can be called “exegetical”. Anyone who has red his NT biblical theology will feel that there a places where Beale has crossed the line with his broad use of typology and Beale is reasonable to recognize that not everyone will go the extra mile with him in a number of passages. However, this should not cause the reader to toss his definition out the door.Along these same lines, which the discussion of quotations is important, what is perhaps more germane to the discussion of typology is the definition of an allusion. It is here again that various interpreters and theologians widely disagree. While a simple definition of an allusion maybe that of “a brief expression consciously intended by an author to be dependent on an OT passage,” this needs more explanation (p. 31). Beale expands this a bit when he says, “The telltale key to discerning an allusion is that of recognizing an incomparable or unique parallel in wording , syntax, concept, or cluster of motifs in the same order or structure.” (p. 31) For Beale, there is not necessarily a minimum word count or other similar type criteria for identifying something as an allusion. In fact, he goes so far as to say that “it remains possible that fewer than three words or even an idea may be an allusion.” (p. 31) This will no doubt strike some readers as odd and wonder then how can anything not be termed an allusion so long as a connection can be made. To be fair, Beale is not setting up a definition so he or others can get away with exegetical abuse just to see an allusion anywhere they want. While readers will find a number of his allusional finds to be stretching it, Beale does the hard work of exegesis and is persuasive nonetheless.The Nine Step Process to Interpreting the NT use of the OTWith foundational matters and definitions take care of, Beale spends the second shortest chapter in the book outlining his nine step process for interpreting the NT use of the OT. In regards to these steps Beale notes, “The procedures discussed here suggest different angels from which we can look at a passage. When all these approaches are put together, they will provide a cumulatively better understanding of the way the NT interprets the OT.” (p. 42) The steps are as follows:1. Identify the OT reference. Is it a quotation or allusion? If an allusion it must fit the criteria mentioned earlier.2. Analyze the broad NT context where the OT reference occurs.3. Analyze the OT context both broadly and immediately, especially interpreting the paragraph in which the quotation or allusion occurs.4. Survey the use of the OT text in early and late Judaism that might be of relevance to the NT appropriation of the OT text.5. Compare the texts: NT, LXX, MT, and targums, early Jewish citations (DSS, the Pseudepigrapha, Josephus, Philo)6. Analyze the author’s textual use of the OT.7. Analyze the author’s interpretive use of the OT.8. Analyze the author’s theological use of the OT.9. Analyze the author’s rhetorical use of the OT.The whole of chapter three fleshes out these nine steps more fully. While there may be debate as to what counts as an allusion I cannot see how any camp would have much grounds for rejecting any of these steps. These would be steps used by all sides of the debates. Following this, chapter four is spent discussing the twelve primary ways in which the NT uses the OT. Once a passage, verse, phrase, word or concept is identified as an allusion then it helps to be able to categorize what use the allusion fits into. Various examples are given for each category. For the fourth and fifth steps Beale deals with these at length in chapter six. There is a multitude of works listed and the sheer sight of them is daunting making one wonder if they can ever complete the task without owning or having access to them. In chapter seven Beale uses Isaiah 22:22 and Revelation 3:7 as a case study in showing these steps work.Tucked in the smallest chapter in the book and briefly touched on in chapter three (p. 53), chapter five addresses what he believes to be the five hermeneutical and theological presuppositions of the NT writers:1. There is an apparent assumption of corporate solidarity or representation.2. In light of corporate solidarity or representation, Christ as the Messiah is viewed as representing the true Israel of the OT and the true Israel – the church – in the NT.3. History is unified as a wise and sovereign plan so that the earlier parts are designed to correspond and point to the later parts.4. The age of eschatological fulfillment has come in Christ.5. As a consequence of the preceding presuppositions, it follows that the later parts of biblical history function as the broader context for interpreting earlier parts because they all have the same, ultimate divine author which inspires the various human authors. One deduction from this premise if that Christ is the goal toward which the OT pointed and is the end-time center of redemptive history, which is the key to interpreting the earlier portions of the OT and its promises.Even if everyone could agree on Beale’s nine steps mentioned above and the definition of typology and an allusion, it is here where readers of one theological persuasion or another will find great disagreement. No doubt, Beale’s theological bent plays a clear role in seeing these as theological and hermeneutical presuppositions. Some readers will use this list to toss his whole method but I think that would be unwise. There is still much to be gleaned from Beale’s approach to the subject.ConclusionAs a guide book the Handbook on the NT use of the OT will serve as a helpful tool for this field of study and I expect it to be used in school classrooms of varying theological persuasions. Despite the theological differences some readers will have with Beale there is much take away from Beale’s methodology and proposed steps of interpreting the NT use of the OT. Despite differences, Beale must be respected for his desire to rightly understand and interpret Scripture’s intended meaning. He has a high view of the text and the task of exegesis. This is a book that should be broadly read and will provide exegetes of all levels with many things to think about.NOTE: I received this book for free from Baker Academic in exchange for a review. I was under no obligation to provide a favorable review and the words and thoughts expressed are my own.

  • Simon Wartanian
    2019-06-03 21:26

    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 searching the Hebrew, early Jewish texts (Targum, Josephus), check textual variants, comparing different LXX and Hebrew translations. These are difficult, but they show how Dr. Beale tries to understand the text within its context and diligently exegete the text.This book is not meant as a rulebook, as he says, but as a handbook. These are general guidelines which we may use to understand the use of the OT by the NT authors.I've learned a lot from this book and I will no doubt return to it in the future.

  • Rhys
    2019-06-08 02:35

    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, but that's not the point of the book, and so it's still a great resource I'll be glad to have on the shelf.It's worth the price purely for the extensive recommendations Beale makes towards the end of collections of works from the Church Fathers, the Rabbinic tradition, and various other ancient secondary sources.

  • Marc Sims
    2019-06-16 22:34

    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.

  • Alex
    2019-06-14 23:32

    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!

  • Noah Nevils
    2019-06-02 01:17

    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.

  • Ethan Harris
    2019-05-24 00:44

    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, somehow managing to create a unifying theory of interpreting the diverse uses of the Old Testament in the New. However, this is not exactly what Dr. Beale proposes. He promises to present an approach that will provide cumulatively better insight into the meaning of God in Scripture. Although not likely to find a warm welcome among traditional dispensationalists, it should be of great appeal to those in the Reformed camp.He does not seem to defend “original intent” so much from what the authors intended, but more so of a broader and fuller examination of how God used the OT setting to enhance or emphasize a point made in the New Testament through the human author. In this way, Beale is not advocating a new, revised, updated approach, solely devoted to literal, historical or grammatical methods, but expert guidance on how to read those Old Testament references to glean as much insight, with as much integrity to the text as possible. After establishing his theological presuppositions and thorough presentation of the idea of typology, the author proposes a “nine-fold approach” in practicing careful analysis of the text in question. His interpretive approach is presented in a thorough and thoughtful manner. He elaborates each of the nine suggestions systematically and in depth. As an example of this advice, the author suggests seriously engaging one’s own perspective on the intent of the NT authors. Beale demonstrates a real concern with the error of presentism (reading modern concerns into earlier writer’s purposes). However, one confusing piece of advice is where the author suggests that when “key redemptive-historical events are not repeated” in the New Testament, the passage from the OT could still be a candidate for a “type,” but only if the original OT passage’s “central theological method” is redemptive-historical. This seems to be counter-intuitive. It’s as if the author is arguing that if a NT reference of the Old is not primarily about redemption, then the OT passage must be primarily about redemptive motifs.Additionally, I was disappointed a number of times when the author would propose a concept begging further commentary, but would end the thought abruptly with the admonition “there is not space enough” here or “this requires more elaboration.” I understand the importance of staying on task, but the issues were put forward so well, that I would have been perfectly pleased to keep going along with the thought.Overall, I felt this was a comprehensive treatment of practical hermeneutical advice from an influential and well-reasoned theologian in the contemporary field. I believe this would make a terrific text for an intermediate level hermeneutics class in post-secondary environment or as an important guide for any pastor. The guidance offered is clear, leaving me wanting to read more.

  • Nathan
    2019-06-12 00:26

    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 thinker who has developed flexible criteria for determining an allusion, and his ninefold methodology for interpreting makes a great outline for research and exegetical papers (see p. 42ff).However, I did have some questions about his functional theology. The question looming over the entire field of intertextuality/OT in NT research is as important for the Church as it is for the Academy: is the hermeneutic(s) of the NT authors to be our hermeneutic? Put differently, if the NT was written in the 21st century, would it read the OT differently? Obviously, this is not an entirely fair or plausible question, but how we answer it certainly reveals our cards when it comes to missiology. If the NT is a-cultural, and would look the same if it were written in any time and any place, then we should adopt the hermeneutics of the NT authors uncritically, woodenly, and absolutely (see McCartney for this view: However, if the Gospel takes root in the native soil of a culture and accommodates to that culture (Andrew Walls' "Indigenizing principle") while also confronting that culture (his "Pilgrim principle"), then so must our hermeneutics. The NT use of the OT is an analogous guide for faithfully reading the Bible and it is not to be rejected. But, we must also be in dialogue with our own cultural moment, indigenizing, repenting, , reading, and being converted as we go. Beale, on the other hand, seems to look down the long well of history for the hermeneutic of the NT authors and see his own face reflected at the bottom. His method, which involves neither prayer nor worship nor a real sense that the Spirit is involved in Christian interpretation, argues for a NT hermeneutic that appears foreign to the world of the NT authors. The NT authors did not fan out previous manuscripts on their desk (the proto-MT, LXX, targums, sections from the Dead Sea Scrolls, etc.) and copy down a selected version. The process was likely much more oral, not textual. Obviously, manuscripts are the only way we have access to what textual versions may have been on the lips of the NT authors, but we must recognize that their method of quotation (based on memory via orality) was much different than ours (based on written manuscripts via books and, increasingly, computers). Overall, a very helpful resource that fills a real need in this field, but readers may also benefit from reading the differing perspectives of Richard Hays (Echoes and Conversion of the Imagination) and Longenecker (Biblical Exegesis in the Apostolic Period).

  • Ethan
    2019-06-14 21:45

    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 reference the NT is making to a given OT passage (quotation, allusion, etc.), what the NT author means by it, and what it shows regarding how the NT author understands the OT passage. The author has a good discussion as well in defending the ways in which NT authors use the OT as more faithful to its context/purpose than is often asserted. The running bibliography of resources, both in print and online, is also quite useful.The one main critique I have for the book regards its intended audience: to whom, precisely, is this targeted? An "average reader" will quickly be overwhelmed at the amount of research the author suggests should be done in order to properly understand how a given NT writer is using a given OT reference. Even if he or she could keep up, a large number of the resources are going to be beyond their ability to find them unless one has access to the library of a seminary or university with an excellent religious studies department. If this book is intended for the scholar or the specialist, well and good; they will understand the process and appreciate the great research principles espoused in the book, and will have recourse to the resources cited in the book...but one could imagine that the author's original commentary on the use of the OT in the NT would be more than adequate for their needs. Perhaps the book is aiming to be a handy quick reference for the specialist who would also have already read or been familiar with the original commentary? The book remains an extremely useful resource and sets forth very proper methods of research and principles by which one can come to a greater appreciation for the use of the OT in the long as one enjoys doing a lot of research, has familiarity with studies in Second Temple Judaism, Rabbinic Judaism, and Early Christianity, and has great library access to resources regarding such studies. For everyone else, the book seems to be a tease, since it sets forth how things probably should be done and yet represents a time and resource commitment beyond most people. **--galley received as part of early review program

  • Jeff Bjorgan
    2019-06-12 03:30

    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 that it is a handbook on methodology, I still thought that footnotes could have made their way to the back of the book and titles and sub-titles could have been larger and bolder for easier reference. Nit-picky perhaps, but if this isn't a book that most people read from cover to cover, a lack of accessibility shouldn't dissuade them from pulling it off the shelf. I would love to get my hands on a copy of his commentary on the New Testament use of the Old Testament, as I'm sure that it would also be a very useful addition to a preacher's library.(This book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and BakerAcademic in exchange for an honest review).

  • Chris Barrett
    2019-06-04 19:24

    As G.K. Beale indicates in the preface, "this handbook provides a sketch of the method lying behind the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament" that he and D.A. Carson asked all of the contributors to that volume to follow. The focus of the handbook is in outlining a nine-fold approach to understanding and interpreting the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament.Beale is humble in his writing style and takes pains to acknowledge and highlight the various challenges and debates that exist related to interpreting the use of the Old Testament in the New. The tools that Beale highlights in this handbook are helpful and he does a good job of making them accessible to even the "non-academic". It is a handbook and so, understandably, the writing is stilted and terse in spots.I especially found the chapter on the primary ways the New Testament uses the Old Testament to be valuable.Chris Barrett(note: this book was provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and Baker Academic in exchange for an honest review)

  • Joel Wentz
    2019-06-04 21:36

    I'm personally torn on the rating of this book. In terms of its usefulness, it certainly deserves 5 stars. However, I didn't find it extremely readable, and it was downright dry at times. It should definitely be approached as a textbook, or even a method book. Beale proposes, in fairly strong detail, step-by-step methods for approaching OT texts in the NT. While this is something I will absolutely keep on my shelf, and will likely refer to in future sermon-prep, it was really difficult to get through, and not much is likely to stay with me.So in sum, if you are a teacher/preacher, this is a good asset for your shelf. If you are simply looking for an interesting read on how the NT authors use OT text, I would look elsewhere (possibly to some of the books Beale cites in the bibliography to this one).

  • Chuck
    2019-06-16 19:27

    No doubt this sets the standard high for Bible study methodology. But there's no doubt that following Beale's guidelines would not only produce positive results in evaluating OT quotations, a slight adaptation would make it a great process for all Biblical Studies.Filled with resources and helpful suggestions, this is a dense read. And in spite of Beale's hope that it could serve the local church and busy pastor, it's still scholarly and challenging. But well worth it.How can you go wrong when the goal of the process is, "The ultimate purpose in this exercise is more clearly to hear and apprehend the living word of the living God, so that we may encounter God increasingly and know him more deeply, and so think and do those things that honor God." (p42)

  • Daniel Lopez
    2019-06-12 03:45

    The Handbook was definitely helpful in my understanding on this topic. Even on other things such as typology, Old Testament literature and differing views within the scholarly world. I don't know greek or hebrew yet so I was a bit lost throughout the mid sections. Hope to read it again once I get original language under my belt. I Definitely recommend this book to students of the Bible who frequently come in contact with the commentary that Beale and Carson put together on the subject (Commentary on The New Testament Use of The Old Testament).

  • Scott
    2019-06-10 00:36

    While very academic, this book is tremendously helpful in exploring some interpretative principles of OT quotations in the NT. The most helpful to me was Beale's exploration of what qualifies something as typological vs. an allusion, and explaining early Jewish literature's (LXX, DSS, Philo, Josephus, targums, etc.) role in interpretation and sources to consult for more information. I'll certainly reference this in the future.

  • James
    2019-05-23 23:39

    5 stars for the following reason: it achieves its goal, as stated in the title. It is a handbook that gives a nice overview of the study of NT use of OT texts. This can be used for a starting research method with an included detailed bibliography. Is it insanely interesting? Probably not as interesting as a longer volume, but Beale already has those, so if you want more, go buy those. I see no reason to give less than 5 stars unless one really disliked the method given by Beale.

  • John Yelverton
    2019-06-04 02:23

    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.

  • Robert Murphy
    2019-05-28 01:21

    A fantastical book, well written and useful on every page. Parts of the book only need to be read once, but most of it is resource-laden, and will be returned to over and over again. Because the NT is so full of OT quotations and allusions, do yourself a favor, O pastor, and pick yourself up a copy.

  • Ian Hammond
    2019-05-29 00:21

    Essential for Biblical exegesis.

  • Joshua Centanni
    2019-05-20 20:22

    Helpful categories to have in mind when you run across NT references or allusions to OT passages.

  • Jordan J. Andlovec
    2019-05-31 01:20

    Helpful and practical guide to the multitudinous subject of NT use of the OT. Beale conveys his methology well and concisely.

  • Emily
    2019-05-25 02:44

    all set for the class next week!