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This 10-week study of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon mines the Wisdom Literature not only for wise principles for living, but also for the wise person these books point to through their drama, poetry, proverb, and song. In her accessible and authentic style, Nancy Guthrie focuses on seeing Jesus in the Old Testament instead of emphasizing works-based moralism. She presents clear commentary and contemporary application of gospel truths, speaking directly to issues such as repentance, submission, happiness, and sexuality.
Each weekly lesson includes questions for personal study, a contemporary teaching chapter that emphasizes how the passage fits into the bigger story of redemptive history, a brief section on how the passage uniquely points to what is yet to come at the consummation of Christ's kingdom, and a leader's guide for group discussion.
Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament
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Second book in the Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series leads readers on a 10-week study of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon, highlighting how the Wisdom Literature points to Christ.
Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee, and at conferences nationally and internationally. She and her husband, David, are the co-hosts of the GriefShare video series used in more than 8,500 churches nationwide and also host Respite Retreats for couples who have experienced the death of a child. Guthrie is the author of numerous books, including Holding On to Hope, Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow, and the five-book Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series. She is also the host of Help Me Teach the Bible, a podcast from the Gospel Coalition.
"In an age where too many 'Bible' studies fail to open the Bible - or, if opened, fail to touch on the actual themes in the text itself - Nancy Guthrie immerses us in the wisdom of the Word. How refreshing! With her keen observations, penetrating applications, and thoughtful, engaging questions, Nancy Guthrie's latest study on the Old Testament Wisdom Books and the Psalms gets us to see and smell, taste and touch, and understand and apply the everyday wisdom of Christour creator and crucified Lord."
---Douglas Sean ODonnell, Senior Pastor, New Covenant Church, Naperville, IL; author of God's Lyrics, The Beginning and End of Wisdom
"I love Nancys infectious passion for teaching the Old Testament in a relevant, practical, spiritual, and Christ-centered way. I'm confident that this book will ignite that same passion in many others - transforming lives, families, churches, and communities."
---David P. Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
"In this study guide, Nancy Guthrie shows how the Old Testament Wisdom Books and the Psalms provide practical life lessons for Christians and stand as pointers to the supreme wisdom of God in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. With great skill she leads the reader to the heart of each book being studied, and demonstrates its place in Scripture as a testimony to Christ. Christian readers are encouraged to read the Old Testament Wisdom Literature in light of the relationship we have with Christ, who is the power and wisdom of God."
---Graeme Goldsworthy, Visiting lecturer in Hermeneutics, Moore Theological College; author, Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture
apple blossomGrand Forks, NDAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5March 19, 2013apple blossomGrand Forks, NDAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Guthrie wants to help her readers make sense of the world and strengthen their trust in God as they face the things that don't make sense. She provides guidance for living in perfect wisdom. She leads you to the starting place, which is the foot of the cross. You'll find not only wise principles to live by, but also see the wise person that the Bible points to that has ever lived. Upon request there are additional leader study resources to go along with this study.
a free copy of this book was provided by Crossway books in exchange for my honest review
CorneyAge: Over 65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5November 13, 2012CorneyAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I found the book very informative and it gave me a new insight into the book of Job. as a group we find the book very good and are enjoying it as a group study.
Matt KresgeSan DiegoAge: 18-24Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Relevant, Practical, Christ-centeredMarch 19, 2012Matt KresgeSan DiegoAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I often wonder what it would have been like to be on Emmaus Road with Jesus after his resurrection. While two men were walking and talking together, Jesus just showed up. He began to talk to them, and Luke eventually ended up saying, "And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself." Jesus is exegeting the Old Testament, and the interpretive key is Himself. What did He say to them? Where can we find Jesus in the Old Testament? These are questions that I ask myself. Thankfully, these are questions that Nancy Guthrie has not only asked but also spent time studying. The fruit of this study is her Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible Studies. The Wisdom of God: Seeing Jesus in the Psalms and Wisdom Books is her second book in the series. In this edition, Guthrie takes the readers through the books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon.
How the book is formatted
The book itself is intended to be a 10 week Bible study that can be used in personal or group settings. Each week, Guthrie invites the reader into a time of personal Bible study, a teaching chapter, a looking forward segment and finally a discussion guide. I enjoyed this format. In the personal Bible study section, Guthrie usually introduced the reader to the genre of the book along with some key themes and passages. This section is very interactive and really sets up the remaining sections to come. In the teaching section, Guthrie provides insight in a practical and Christ-centered way. I can remember numerous times reading the teaching on Job, Psalms, or Proverbs and asking myself how I never saw that before. At the end of the teaching section is the looking forward section. In this section, Guthrie leads the reader in a short reflection showing how the ideas in that chapter point forward to Christ. Lastly, the discussion guide helps further examine the teaching as well as apply it. There is also a "Getting How It Fits into the Big Picture" question. I really enjoyed thinking through this question. It encourages the reader to think through how the teaching in Proverbs fits in with the larger redemptive story line of Scripture. The format of this study is great.
A couple of things I really enjoyed
I deeply enjoyed the aim of this book. Nancy Writes, "Over the coming weeks, as we make our way through the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament, we'll not only find wise principles for living life in this world as one who belongs to God but we'll also see the wise person these books point to, the wisest person who ever lived, hidden in its drama and poetry and proverb and song" (pg. 24). Seriously, that statement alone gets me excited to dive into the Wisdom of literature. It is easy for me to look for wise principles while reading the Wisdom literature without ever slowing down to look for the wisdom of God, namely Jesus. I can imagine that this task was no easy one. Thus, I love that Guthrie undertook and, in my opinion, fulfilled this approach and aim.
The teaching in the book is great. It is relevant, practical and Christ-centered. Not only is Christ displayed in each book, but also the heart of the book itself is not neglected. What I mean is, the main theme of Ecclesiastes is not dismissed so that she can show you Jesus. No, Guthrie takes you to the heart of Ecclesiastes and shows you how Jesus is the one who brings it all together or makes sense of it all. I was thankful to not only learn more about Jesus, but to learn more about the themes and literature of the wisdom books. Bible studies can be extremely difficult to craft in a way were they remain both theologically faithful and applicable to life. There is a tendency to over emphasize one or the other. Yet, Nancy was able combine a practical and relevant approach while remaining Christo-centric.
Perhaps the greatest compliment that I can give to this book is the passion that it stirred up in me for the Old Testament. I know that the Old Testament is able to make us wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (2 Tim. 3:15). However, it seems so difficult to see this sometimes. Thus, I am thankful for the passion ignited by this book to search the Old Testament in a relevant, applicable, and Christ-centered way. Nancy Guthrie's passion has certainly helped fuel my passion for the Old Testament and the Wisdom Literature.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to learn more about Christ from the Old Testament. Whether you are male or female, in a group or alone, you will profit from reading this book. You will not only find "wise principles", you will also see "the wise person." This book/Bible study is excellent.
I received this book free from Crossway Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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