The Old Testament in Seven Sentences: A Small Introduction to a Vast Topic
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Some people find the Old Testament to be confusing, out of date, and essentially replaced by the New Testament. They are missing out. The Old Testament offers us a grand narrative that reveals God's work, God's purposes, and God's wisdom.
Christopher J. H. Wright fits the pieces together and shows us the coherent whole. Using seven key sentences drawn straight from the Old Testament, he connects the dots and points us toward Jesus.
- "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
- "All peoples on earth will be blessed through you."
- "You shall have no other gods before me."
- "How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news."
Such sentences as these are not merely beautiful or helpful (though they are that). They are part of the great drama of Scripture, the story of God's plan of redemption that embraces all nations and the whole of his creation. Wright starts from the beginning, describing God's promises and covenants with his people and his mission to bless the world. At the end of this short survey, readers will clearly see God's faithfulness and love for his people and will understand how the Old Testament scriptures prepared for the identity and mission of Jesus as Messiah, Savior, and Lord.
"The Old Testament in Seven Sentences sounds like an impossible task, but Chris Wright makes it work beautifully, capturing the central features of the Old Testament in a way that is both rich and accessible. I'm not surprised really—Wright is one of our best, most mature thinkers about the Bible today. His book gives readers an essential and impressive orientation to the life-giving message of the Old Testament. I recommend it highly."
-- Tremper Longman III
1. Creation: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
2. Abraham: All peoples on earth will be blessed through you. (Genesis 12:3)
3. Exodus: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. (Exodus 20:2)
4. David: The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people. (1 Samuel 13:14)
5. Prophets: What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8 NRSV)
6. Gospel: How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the One who brings good news. (Isaiah 52:7)
7. Psalms and Wisdom: The Lord is my shepherd. (Psalm 23:1)