I’m thankful for books like this which draw Christians back into the Old Testament. Author David Murray notes many times that most Christians know little if anything about the Old Testament and don’t relate it to Jesus at all.
The author takes us on his own journey of discovery into the Old Testament in which he finds Jesus Christ over and over again. The first section of the book is this initial discovery of Jesus in the Old Testament. The second (and main section) takes the reader through specific areas in the Old Testament which reveal Jesus.
I think this is a good introduction for the average Christian to the concept of Jesus as found throughout the Old Testament. He doesn’t get into too much detail and moves quickly from example to example which helps the reader stay focused. Personally, I would have liked to see much more detail and development of many of his points but that would demand a much longer book and less accessible for every reader.
Murray throughout the book cites reformed sources and authors, apparently in order to give greater credibility to what he is saying. First of all, I don’t believe that he necessarily needs those citations to bolster up his argument. Scripture is clear alone. Secondly, for those (like me) who are not from a reformed background, it doesn’t add (or take) anything from the credibility. They are simply quotations to support the point. They do reveal that his insights into the Old Testament are nothing new.
That said, I hope that many people read this book and rediscover the Gospel in the Old Testament – find Jesus in the first 2/3 of their Bibles. It’s nothing new – Christians have been finding Christ in the Old Testament since the first century.
This book has been reviewed as a part of the Book Sneeze Blogger review program. Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers who provided a copy for review. I was not required to write a positive review.