Christ in the OT: An Ancient Hermeneutic

Finding Christ in the Old Testament is an ancient hermeneutic. Modern evangelicals did not discover the fact that Christ is on every page of the OT Scriptures. This interpretive method has been around since the days of the early church when the apostles were still alive preaching and writing. The church fathers also interpreted the… Continue reading Christ in the OT: An Ancient Hermeneutic

Not Taking the Bible Literally

From a historic Christian perspective we do take the Bible literally. The story of the flood is not a made-up legend. Goliath really was an incredibly tall man whom young David killed with a stone. We didn't make up the episodes where Jesus miraculously healed people and even brought them back from the dead. The… Continue reading Not Taking the Bible Literally

Paul and the Old Testament Scriptures (Childs)

Here's an interesting book that gives an overview of the interpretation of Isaiah from the early church (Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, etc.) to the modern era: The Struggle to Understand Isaiah as Christian Scripture by Brevard Childs. I'm still making my way through the book, but so far it's been helpful. I don't always agree with… Continue reading Paul and the Old Testament Scriptures (Childs)

The Old Testament Use of the Old Testament (A Brief Review)

Last fall I had my eye on this resource: The Old Testament Use of the Old Testament by Gary Schnittjer. I finally broke down and purchased it a month ago. Since then I've had time to read parts of it and look through it in some detail - all 1000+ pages. Below are my brief… Continue reading The Old Testament Use of the Old Testament (A Brief Review)

Prophetic Language in the OT: Literal? (Bavinck)

Most readers of the OT are familiar with the prophetic texts that talk about a future temple, sacrifices, mount Zion, etc. Of course some Christians take these prophecies extremely literally. But is literal interpretation of these OT prophetic texts legitimate? Do these OT prophetic texts give us an eschatology of literalism? Herman Bavinck said not… Continue reading Prophetic Language in the OT: Literal? (Bavinck)