Roots: Let the Old Testament Speak   -     By: Alec Motyer
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Roots: Let the Old Testament Speak

Christian Focus / 2009 / Paperback

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For many Christians, the Old Testament is a large, unexplored desert filled with difficult reading and alarming contrasts. It seems so unlike the New Testament: all those wars when Jesus is the Prince of Peace, all those commandments to obey when we are under grace. And can the God of the Old Testament really be a God of love like the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?

Now you can explore the larger-than-life characters and dramatic stories of the Old Testament with greater understanding. Drawing from his lifelong study, Dr. Alec Motyer offers a clear, comprehensive guide to Old Testament writers, context, and themes.

Discover the distinctiveness of Old Testament authors and how, even in their individuality, a unified message comes through. Find out, also, what the Old Testament has to do with the New Testament and why it is essential reading for Christians. Intriguing sidebars, color photos, and maps offer further insight as you journey from Genesis through Malachi. With The Story of the Old Testament, you can study this fascinating part of the Bible as you never have before.

A noted Old Testament scholar, Dr. J. Alec Motyer is the author or editor of numerous books and commentaries. His life-long passion is encouraging people to read and understand the Old Testament, where he says he "learned to see the greatness of God." Motyer lives in England, where he devotes his time to writing and preaching. Rev. Dr. John Stott has an international ministry as a gifted preacher and biblical scholar. He is the author of many books, including Basic Christianity, and lives in London, England. Stott is considered one of the most highly respected Bible expositors of our time.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Christian Focus
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 5.50 X 8.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1845505069
ISBN-13: 9781845505066
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Publisher's Description

"The title, Old Testament, creates difficulties of its own. If it is "Old" and we are people of the "New", surely we may properly let it fade away into history? Besides, it seems very unlike the New Testament, even contradictory: all those wars when Jesus is the Prince of peace; all those commandments to obey when we are not under law but under grace. And can the God of the Old Testament be a God of love like the Father, Son and Holy Spirit?"

These are the questions that Alec Motyer, a life long lover of the Old Testament, seeks to answer starting with the conviction that Jesus is the fulfilment of the Old Testament Scripture. This is for the Christian who wants to know what the Old Testament has to do with the New Testament and why the Christian should read it.

A comprehensive survey of the Old Testament organised around its authors and major characters, the theme of this book is that the Holy Spirit chose, fashioned and equipped the biblical authors to convey distinctive truths through each of them.'

Author Bio

Dr Alec Motyer is a well-known Bible expositor and from an early age has had a love for studying God's Word. He was formerly principal of Trinity College, Bristol.

Editorial Reviews

'There can be no doubt that this book benefits greatly from Alec Motyer's lifetime of Old Testament study. His mastery of the Hebrew text, his knowledge of the Old Testament background, and his conviction that Jesus Christ is the fulfilment of the law and prophets together give him a rare ability to paint the big picture and to tell the 'story within the story' of the Old Testament.'
"This is a masterful panorama of the old testament. Helpful thumbnails of each book, illuminating engagement with the text, perceptive connections with our own day and faith combine to make this a superb overview of the old testament. The arrangement of material along the timeline of history is immensely useful and at a stroke clarifies how the old testament flows toward the new; but the real genius of the book is that it begins with that destination: with Christ, whose Scripture it was. Seasoned preachers and inquiring beginners alike will gain from every page. Read it : it's brilliant!"
"This is vintage Motyer; it is affectionate--the writer's sheer delight in 'the law of the Lord' tends to ooze out from behind the print; it is fresh--he's familiar with the scholarly waterfront but Jacob-like has wrestled and stewed over these texts himself (and his struggle is our gain); it is devious, for Alec clearly wants to hook you on the Old Testament! Huge kudos to 'Focus' for this format."

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