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"I'm not on a crusade against the villains of Old Testament studies. One learns even from the 'villains.' And there have been far more hopeful signs in Old Testament studies in recent years. But I still believe that traditional Old Testament criticism has had the effect of killing the Old Testament for the church. This little tome can hardly reverse that, but it is meant as an exercise in reading the Old Testament for fun and profit ..."
"Most of what I do in the following pages involves discussing examples of Old Testament narratives. I have tried to select examples from a broad range of possibilities. By the way, I assume that you have the biblical text handy in order to carry on your 'Berean' work."
---Dale Ralph Davis
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Christian Focus
Publication Date: 2006
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.31 X 0.35 (inches)|
Preaching and Teaching from the Old Testament: A Guide for the ChurchWalter C. Kaiser Jr.Baker Books / 2003 / Trade Paperback$18.49 Retail:
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The New Testament with Imagination: a Fresh Approach to Its Writings and ThemesWilliam LoaderWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2007 / Trade Paperback$18.00 Retail:
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"...I still believe that traditional Old Testament criticism has had the effect of killing the Old Testament for the church. This little tome can hardly reverse that, but it is meant as an exercise in reading the Old Testament for fun and profit. As my mother-in-law used to say, 'It's different anyway.' And maybe it will help. Most of what I do in the following pages involves discussing examples of Old Testament narratives. I have tried to select examples from a broad range of possibilities. By the way, I assume that you have the biblical text handy in order to carry on your 'Berean' work." Dale Ralph Davis
This is vintage Dale Ralph Davis - accessible and practical scholarship in a readable and stimulating Style. The Subtitle of the book is 'How to preach from Old Testament narrative and that's exactly what Davis describes. With many examples, and that's exactly what Davis describes. With many examples, and interesting illustrations, he teaches us how to grapple honestly with what sometimes can be intimidating, difficult and uncomfortable portions of Scripture.
"With many examples, and that's exactly what Davis describes. With many examples, and interesting illustrations, he teaches us how to grapple honestly with what sometimes can be intimidating, difficult and uncomfortable portions of Scripture...This book is not only suitable for preachers and teachers, but can be read with great profit by all Christians who want to get more of a handle on Old Testament narrative."
"There is no more gifted expositor of the Old Testament in our day than Ralph Davis. His book not only brings scholarly research to bear on the subject, but also reflects his many years of preaching week after week through the Old Testament. What a gift to the church to have such a fine book."
I think Davis succeeds admirably in his goal. I found myself stirred up reading the book. He writes well and shows how, even though there are difficult and confusing parts of Scripture, it is not that difficult to find key truths. This is a very encouraging and helpful book.
"Davis maintains that avoidance of difficult texts gets us and nowhere and impoverishes the church'. His excellent chapter on appropriation/application includes the damming sentence: I hold a reader who does not appropriate and/or a teacher who will not apply Scripture is practising abortion on the Bible'
You may or may not want to imitate Davis Style but if you read this book you will want to lift his structures and insights straight off the page. And that is no bad thing for the church."
"Dale Ralph Davis has written a wonderfully straightforward, readable book entitled, The Word Became Fresh: How to Preach from Old Testament Narrative Texts (Christian Focus; pb., 154 pp.). Davis, like Goldsworthy, laments how complicated we have sometimes made biblical interpretation and instead outlines a basic approach to careful, sensible reading which opens up the theology of Old Testament narratives. This is one of those books that makes you want to preach after reading it!"
AllenDayton, OhioAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5The Word Became FreshSeptember 11, 2014AllenDayton, OhioAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In your Bible study do you want to rake for leaves or dig for gold??? Dale Ralph Davis hands us a shovel and teaches us to dig for our riches in The Word Became Fresh. While this book is very informative it is also very impressive. Imagine the best exegetical rigorous explanation of Romans combined with the illustrative emotional pictorial description of the Psalms. My point is the book is balanced.
Please invest in this book for yourself or for a friend. I can not recommend the book enough.
For example, have you ever heard a preacher or a Bible commentary micro-manage a text? Making a minor point major? D.R.D. addresses these common mistakes on page 132 in an excerpt about the freeway sermon. "The goal is too stick on the main highway without jumping off at every interesting exit".
Chapter 4 describes packaging. What a passage asserts is not only important but where the passage is located is also important.
I do not wish to bombard you with details but please purchase this book!!!
Jim Butler5 Stars Out Of 5July 27, 2008Jim ButlerI highly recommend this book! Read it, digest it, and if you're a preacher, implement it. Also, get Dr. Davis' other books, i.e., his commentaries on various historical books.